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Dunkirk-Kids Movie Review

Dunkirk is a World War II film where Allied forces are surrounded and trapped on Dunkirk beach. A private English citizen named Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), his son Peter, and Peter’s friend George, volunteer to cross the channel and rescue as many soldiers as they can transport, hoping to rescue thousands of troops off Dunkirk’s beaches. The trio risk their lives to rescue the soldiers despite the danger in a war torn area. Dunkirk is a powerful story about the horror’s and heroes of this well known battle.

 

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DunkirkRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: July 21, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Possibly

 

 

 

Talking Points:

This is an educational film that will spark some great parent/child conversations. The battle at Dunkirk  was devastating and resulted in many deaths. However, the films highlights the courage and heroism in many characters who risked their lives to help others.

A commander noted in the film that they were hoping to save 30,000 soldiers. When the operation concluded they rescued some 330,000 troops safely off the beaches.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous casualties from explosions and character’s being shot. We see characters drowning and swept to sea, soldiers burn in an oil fire, a character walks into the ocean, presumably committing suicide. Having said that we don’t see a lot of bloody and gory scenes.

Crude or Profane Language:

  • The f-word is said twice. We also hear “sh-t,” “d-mn,” and “h-ll.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see soldiers drinking beer.

Will Kids Like It? Maybe

  • After talking to several teens I found that mature teenagers will most likely find the story educational and interesting.

Overall parents need to aware of the mature subject matter and excessive violence.

Transformers: The Last Knight-Kids’ Movie Reviews

In Transformers: The Last Knight there is a war between humans and Transformers. Strangely, a large number of robots come crashing down on Earth which cause human authorities to be overwhelmed.  The chaos is discovered due to the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Autobot leader (the good guys), Optimus Prime, is gone but with the help of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins), and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock), they work together to try and  save the world. Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth installment on the Transformers series.

 

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Transformers- The Last KnightRating: 3 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 21, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We only see one kiss, but there are a lot of racy jokes and innuendos about sex.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are a lot of battles and violence throughout the film. Characters (Transformer and humans) battle. We see several sword fights and gun fights. Characters are crushed and set on fire.
  • There are numerous car chases which cause destruction.
  • Robots destroy buildings with blasts and explosions. We see massive structures crash to Earth killing innocent bystanders.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

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

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Characters are shown drinking alcohol and smoking.
    Merlin is described as a drunkard. We see him drinking from a bottle.

Will Kids Like It? Yes

Overall this is an action packed film that will most likely appeal to pre-teen boys.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story-Kids’ Movie Review

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..,” the famous Star Wars opening line is back.  This film focuses on a group of rebel spies who are on a mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star, the Empire’s weapon of destruction. Now the war begins between the Rebels and Imperial troops. Rogue One: Star Wars Story is an action packed film, one for all those Star Wars’ fans!!!

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rogue-one-star-warsRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: November 16, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: None
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: None
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • Most Star Wars’ fans will enjoy the nostalgic sentiments similar to the the original 1977 film.
  • The battle between good and evil is once again highlighted in the movie.
  • The film demonstrates the importance of hope, trust, friendship and doing the right thing.

Sexual Content: None

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous battles throughout the film. Characters are killed by lasers, bombs and explosions.
  • We see a Rebel shooting a wounded Stormtrooper to ensure his death.
  • A creepy looking creature wraps its tentacles around someone’s head.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters drinking in a bar.

Will Kids Teens Like It?  Yes

  • I interviewed several teenage boys. Most of them loved it, however a few thought it was slow and boring.

Overall this is another wonderful Star Wars film. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the excessive violence.

 

Hacksaw Ridge-Teen Movie Review

Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) is a wonderful loving son and husband. He was also a WWII American Army Medic who served in the Battle of Okinawa. Desmond was very unique in that he wanted to serve in the war, but he did not want to carry a weapon or kill another human being; he wanted to save lives and that’s what he did. Desmond T. Doss rescued 75 men in Okinawa without firing a single shot and he became the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hacksaw Ridge is based on a true story about extraordinary war hero.

 

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hacksaw-ridge-new-posterRating: 3 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: February 21, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 16+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Teens Like It?  Yes

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see Desmond and his girlfriend passionately kiss. They eventually get married. They’re shown in bed together on their wedding night, under the covers.
  • We see a man’s bare backside.
  • There’s some talk regarding sex, condoms and venereal disease.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • We see numerous and disturbing war scenes. Limbs are blown off and Desmond carries many injured soldiers to safety.
  • Corpses covering the ground with their organs exposed. We see rats eating them.
  • We see soldiers killing one another.
  • A man hangs himself.
  • A man commits suicide by stabbing himself in the gut.
  • Desmond is attacked by his roommates one evening, leaving him bloody and bruised.
  • A soldier kicks Desmond in the face and punches him while calling him a coward.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “a–,” “d-mn” and h–l.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Doss’ father was an abusive alcoholic.

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall this is a wonderful film about a very courageous man. Parents need to be aware of the excessive and disturbing violence throughout the movie.

Independence Day: Resurgence-Teen Movie Review

It’s been twenty years and the aliens are back as Fourth of July is quickly approaching. Scientist and alien defense expert David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) investigates a 3,000 mile wide mother ship and discovers that once again, aliens are approaching Earth. With the extraterrestrial technology and massive defense system the scientists and fighter pilots are on a mission to save the planet from another alien attack. Independence Day: Resurgence is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day.

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Independence Day- ResurgenceRating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5
Release Date: October 18, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Teens Like It?

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a couple kiss and hug. The woman jumps on her fiance and wraps her legs around him.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • Aliens destroy cities; building collapse and planes, ships and space stations are blown up.
  • Billions of innocent victims die.
  • The aliens are big large slimy creatures.
  • We see humans choked to death by alien tentacles.
     

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear “sh-t,” “d–n,” “a–,” “b–ch,” and “h–l,” throughout the film.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see characters on a boat drinking heavily.

Will Teens Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed two teenage boys who liked the action and suspense of the film. They like Independence Day as well.

Overall Independence Day: Resurgence is a dramatic action packed film. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violent content throughout the film.

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