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Everything, Everything-Kids’ Movie Review

Maddy Whittier is an adorable teenage girl, though she’s not your average teen. She doesn’t attend the high school football games, she doesn’t play a sport or musical instrument, and she’s never even been to a high school dance. That’s because Maddy is housebound. She has a severe auto-immune disorder. Maddy lives in a beautiful home with her mother and has a nurse taking care of her in the day. However, Maddy’s life completely changes the day Olly Bright moves next door. Olly’s bedroom window is across from Maddy’s and the two manage to communicate through their windows. As Maddy gradually falls for the boy next door, she desperately wants to meet the boy next door…even if it means risking her life. Everything, Everything is based on a young adult novel.

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Everything, EverythingRating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: May 19, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • The teenage couple passionately kiss throughout the film.
  • The couple escapes to Hawaii. It’s implied that they’ve had a sexual relationship.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

  • We see Olly and his father in a fist fight. They have a violent relationship.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “sh-t,” and “h–l.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • In one scene we see Olly’s father drunk.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall, this is a romantic drama which will appeal to pre-teen girls. Parents need to be aware of the sexual content. Appropriate for kids 12 and up.

 

The Space Between Us-Kids’ Movie Review

Sara Elliot ( Janet Montgomery) is an adventurous woman. She travels with a group of scientists to Mars for a  four-year colonizing mission. She is a single woman who is very excited about the opportunity to travel through space. However, Sara discovers that she’s pregnant on her space journey and delivers a beautiful baby boy on Mars. Sadly, Sara dies during childbirth while her son, Gardner (Asa Butterfield), is raised by a group of astronauts and scientists. When Gardner travels to Earth for the first time as a 16 year-old boy he embarks on many adventures as he tries to find his dad. He also meets Tulsa (Britt Robertson), an adorable teenage girl who becomes his true love. The Space Between Us is a romantic sci-film targeted to pre-teens and teens.

 

The Space Between UsRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: February 3, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 11+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a teenage couple kiss. They’re shown in a sleeping bag together with their bare shoulders sticking out of it.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • A mother dies during childbirth.
  • Gardner has surgery; his arm is cut open and a metal tube is inserted.
  • Gardner drives a cart recklessly on Mars. He crashes it and disconnects his oxygen tube and almost dies.
  • On Earth we see a teen couple stealing cars and driving recklessly.
  • Gardner has an enlarged heart when he is on Earth. We see him in painful moments. He has nosebleeds, passes out several times, and almost dies.
  • We see a character try to commit suicide, but is rescued.
  • A plane crashes and causes a huge explosion, but there are no deaths.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “d–n,” “a–,” and someone says, “stop being a d–k.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • An adult character is an alcoholic and is shown passed out most of the time.

Will Most Kids/ Teens Like It? 

  • This will most likely appeal to pre-teens interested in a love story rather than a sci-fi movie.

Overall this is a teen romantic drama. Parents need to be aware of the moderate violence and alcoholic content

Passengers-Kids’ Movie Review

Mechanic Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is on a 120-year voyage with 5,000 other people. They’re all leaving earth for Homestead II, an earth-like world with “room to grow.” They will be in hibernation, sleeping agelessly and waking when the ship is four months away from it’s final destination. However, there a slight problem. Due to a technical glitch, Jim wakes up 90 years before the ship is due to reach their new world. Living alone for almost a year, Jim gets very lonely. As he continually stares at a beautiful woman named Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence), while she’s in her hibernation pod, he gradually falls in love. Jim discovers that he could try and wake her from her deep sleep. So, after much thought and consideration he selfishly awakens her to have a companion, a friend and a potential true love.

 

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passengersRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: March 14, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 14+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • There is passion between Jim and Aurora. We see them in several intimate encounters.
  • We see the couple in bed together- showing sexual movements. They are covered by the sheets.
  • In a cafeteria Aurora crawls over a table to Jim and they start making love right there. Jim’s shirt comes off and then we see the two in bed together; covered by the sheets.
  • We see Jim’s bare back side.
  • Aurora takes off her dress in front of Jim. She asks him to turn around and he does. We only see her bare shoulders.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • When the ship begins to fall apart we see Jim and Aurora in comprising situations. Aurora almost dies when the gravity field shuts down while she’s swimming
  • We see a  pointy object shoot into Aurora’s arm. Blood runs down her arm as she pulls it out.
  • A man is shown coughing up blood.
  • In a fit of rage, Aurora attacks Jim while he’s sleeping. She kicks and punches him.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t,” “b–ch,” “a–,” “h—,” and “d–n.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • In numerous scenes throughout the film we see Jim and Aurora in the ships bar talking to Arthur, the robot bartender. They drink cosmos, martinis, margarita’s, wine and champagne.

Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall Passengers is an entertaining and suspenseful film. Parents need to be aware moderate inappropriate contents listed above.

 

Bridget Jones’s Baby-Teen Movie Review

Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger ) is 43 years old and single. She’s always wanted to meet Mr. Right and have a family though that hasn’t happened yet so she’s making the best of her life. She has a wonderful career as a producer for the successful television news magazine Sit-Up Britain, she owns a small flat in London, and she’s finally reached her ideal weight! However, all that changes when Bridget meets a handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). In a drunken stupor she ends up spending the night with him. Six days later she runs into her former love Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and has a romantic evening with him as well.  Three months later when Bridget can’t zip her jeans she discovers that she’s pregnant. Who’s the father…Jack, the handsome American man, or Mark Darcy,  her once true love?

 

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brigett-joness-babyRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: December 13, 2016
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 17+
Sexual Content: Excessive
Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Teens Like It? Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Excessive

  • We see Bridget in bed with each of her men. We see her wearing only a bra (the camera not showing below her waist).
  • There are sexual references discussing threesomes, virility, fertility and female body parts.
  • A group of woman lift up their shirts and we see a message written on each of their bare breasts.
  • A group of men moon a television camera. We see their exposed butts.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

  • During labor, Bridget slugs a character in the face.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word numerous times throughout the film. We also hear “sh-t,” “a–,” “b–ch,” “d–n,” and “h–.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see Bridget drinking alcohol before she’s pregnant.
  • We see a character doing a shot of whiskey.
  • Characters are shown smoking cigarettes.

Will Teens Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed  three 16 year old girls who loved it. They are fans of Patrick Dempsey.
  • This is an R rated film which means that kids under 17 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Overall Bridget Jones’s Baby is a fun and entertaining film. Parents need to be aware of the excessive sexual content and profane language throughout the film.

 

 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2-Kids’ movie review

It’s been fourteen years since we first met the Portokalos family. In this film Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are happily married, though they’re dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter who doesn’t like Greek traditions. She does not want the family to find her a Greek guy to marry, and she wants to go to college in New York, not their home town of Chicago. Toula also has her aging parents to contend with… the aunts, the uncles, and of course the long line of cousins. Things get complicated for the Portokalos family when Toula’s dad, Gus, discovers that he and his wife Maria aren’t legally married due to an unsigned marriage certificate. Could there be another big Greek wedding???

 

 

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2Rating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 21, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 11+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: None
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Kids/Teens Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a wonderful comedy about the importance of  family. It’s not as funny as the first film, though it has some really humorous parts with a heartfelt message. Great film for the whole family.

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • We see a woman pull down the zipper of her tight sweater after she meets a handsome newscaster.
  • Toula’s aunt suggests that Toula wear sexier dresses, change her hair style, and wear makeup to “spice up” she and Ian’s marriage. Eventually we see Toula and Ian on a hot date. They’re shown making out in the car, though interrupted by the family…no surprise there.
  • There are sexual comments made when cousin Angelo admits that he’s gay.

Violent/Disturbing Content: None

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • Characters are shown drinking alcoholic beverages at the wedding reception.
  • We see two characters drinking shots of Quzo and getting a little tipsy.
  • Kids are shown doing shots of Gatorade.

Will Kids/Teens Like It? Yes

Overall, this is a fun and entertaining film. Parents need to be aware of the moderate sexual content. Depending on the child this is appropriate for kids ages 12 and up.

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