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Power Rangers-Kids’ Movie Review

At times teenagers have a lot of stress in their lives with relationships, school, sports and peer pressure.  Though it’s nothing compared to the pressure that the five teens from a small town of Angel Grove have. These teens are ordinary high school students dealing with day to day life.  However, things get really difficult for the teens when the world is threatened by an alien attack led by villain Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Now these five ordinary teenagers are chosen to band together as the Power Rangers, and are sent on a dangerous mission to save the world. Power Rangers is based on the popular ’90s  TV show.

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Power RangersRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: March 24, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film highlights the importance of teamwork.
  • Power Rangers might appeal to young elementary-aged kids, though its more appropriate for middle-school aged kids and up.
  • This film has more violence, language and mature themes unlike the TV show.

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • A female character strips down to her underwear and jumps off a cliff.
  • One of the female Power Rangers discusses with a friend that she might be gay.
  • The female villain shows up in Trini’s (a female Power Ranger) bedroom and seductively strokes her face and neck.
  • There’s talk of masturbation.
  • There are references that someone digitally shared a student’s inappropriate photo.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • Characters are attacked, buildings are destroyed and blown up.
  • Rita, the villain, drowns someone.
  • Rita gathers the gold teeth that she’s removed from several victims’ mouths.
  • The teen Power Rangers have scary visions
  • where they see a street full of people all incinerated and turned into ash.
  • Several characters are hit and killed by an asteroid.
  • A train hits a van full of people; we see the van tumbling.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t,” “a–, “h—, and “b–ch.” A character starts to say, “m—–f—,”  but then stops himself.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • The Rangers spend the night around a campfire, and it looks as though they’re drinking beer.

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

Overall this is a fun and entertaining film. Having said that parents need to be aware of the violence and sexual content.

 

Beauty and the Beast-Kids’ Movie Review

Belle (Emma Watson) is a smart and beautiful young woman who lives alone with her widower father. Belle doesn’t have many friends and is not very close with the townspeople. They find her very odd because she loves to read books, something they don’t appreciate. Belle’s life dramatically changes when she is taken prisoner in a castle by a beast (Dan Stevens). Belle doesn’t know it, but the Beast is a cursed, arrogant prince who must find true love in order to break a spell. Though the Beast has a hideous exterior, Belle befriends the monster-like character and the castle’s enchanted staff. She eventually realizes that the Beast is a kind soul whom she falls in love with. Beauty and the Beast is Disney’s live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated musical.

 

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Beauty and the BeastRating: 4.5 popcorn buckets out of 5
Release Date: March 17, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 8+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film highlights the importance of humility.
  • Belle is a loving daughter who is willing to do whatever it takes to insure her father’s well being.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Character’s flirt with the opposite sex and the same sex.
  • LeFou briefly dances with a man. He’s confused as he’s trying to figure out his sexual preference.
  • Female characters wear dresses that show their cleavage.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There are intense and scary scenes throughout the film. More graphic violence in this version than in the animated version.
  • Vicious wolves attack several characters.
  • There’s a battle between the townspeople and servants in the castle.
  • We see mob violence with pitchforks and torches.
  • There’s an intense battle between the Beast and an attacker. They fight with fists, claws and guns.
  • The Beast may scare young kids with his growl and loud roar.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • Name calling such as; “idiot,” and “fool.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking at a local tavern.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • The theater was filled with attentive kids who loved the movie.

Overall this is a wonderful film for the whole family. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the moderate violence that may scare sensitive kids.

Kong: Skull Island-Kids’ Movie Review

They knew it would be more than a three hour tour, but it was way more than they expected. Kong: Skull Island follows a group of scientists who are on a mission to investigate a mysterious island in the Pacific. The jungle is beautiful and lush, however when the scientists arrive they hear rumbling noises… and it’s not Gilligan.  It happens to be an enormous ape who’s trying to protect his habitat. Now the scientists must find a way to escape an island filled with dangerous creatures. Set in the 1970’s, this gorilla film is entertaining though violent.

 

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Kung- Skull IslandRating: 3.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: March 10, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • There is an all-star cast. To name a few: Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly and John Goodman.
  • Among all the violence and drama, there are some comedic parts especially with John C. Reilly. He adds some light humor.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see women in revealing outfits dancing provocatively at a Saigon bar.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • Kong destroys a some helicopters, tearing the aircraft and occupants apart.
  • Men are stepped on by Kong’s large feet, thrown around and tossed into Kong’s mouth.
  • A gigantic, lizard-like creature eats soldiers and civilians.
  • An enormous spider pushes its huge leg into a man’s mouth and down through his body.
  • Kong and the island’s other monstrous inhabitants also fight one another in a huge battle.
  • Kong and a large octopus battle one another.
  • Soldiers use high caliber weapons and toxic gas to battle Kong.
  •  We see victims dismembered, stomped on, eaten, and tossed around.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters smoking pipes, drinking shots of alcohol and beer.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed some pre-teen and teenage boys who loved the film.

Overall this is an intense, action packed movie. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout the film.

 

The Lego Batman Movie-Kids’ Movie Review

They’re all back; Batman (Will Arnett) and his sidekick Robin (Michael Cera), his loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), and of course his arch nemesis the Joker (Zach Galifianakis)… all as Lego’s. In this film Batman wants to stop the Joker from his hostile takeover of Gotham City, the only problem is Batman thinks he can do it alone. Eventually Batman comes to realize he might just need a little help from his friends and cohorts to save his beloved city.

 

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The Lego Batman movieRating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: February 10 2017
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 7+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • The film highlights the importance of teamwork and family. Batman is humbled and realizes he can’t do everything by himself.
  • There’s some potty-humor in the film. There are references to “farts”  and being “silent but deadly.”
  • There are a lot of butt jokes as well. Batman refers to Alfred as his “Buttler.”

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Bruce Wayne labels himself as a “playboy.”
  • Batman loves his body and well built physique.
  • There’s a lot of humor relating to Robin’s given name, Dick.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

  • There’s a lot of slapstick, silly violence.
  • We see superheroes and villains get beat up, bashed and blown up.
  • There are a lot of bad guys and battles throughout the film.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear, “butt,” “loser,” and “sucks.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Batman and his butler Alfred discuss different kinds of wines.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed kids ages 5 to 8 who loved the film. Having said that, one 5 year old  girl was scared, and didn’t like all the fighting.

Overall this is a fun, entertaining film for the whole family. Parents need to be aware of the mild potty humor and moderate violence throughout the film. I recommend this for kids ages 7 and up.

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.

 

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