Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: One Direction: This is Us and Getaway

We give you what you need to know about the family-friendliness of this week's new releases.

by | August 29, 2013 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:



One Direction: This is Us

63%

Rating: PG, for mild language.

There is nothing even vaguely shocking or inappropriate in this extended infomercial about the British boy-band sensation. No groupies, no partying, no infighting. There’s nothing terribly insightful, either. Director Morgan Spurlock made his name with documentaries like Super Size Me, which examined the power of corporate culture; here, he’s a cog in that very machinery. His film follows the pre-fab five — Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis — on stage and behind the scenes of their world tour. Spurlock has said he intended this as his version of A Hard Day’s Night, and while it does feature the lads enjoying some mildly wacky antics, these are no Beatles. They barely even have distinguishable personalities. Totally suitable for fans of any age, and tolerable for the parents who are forced to drive them to the theater.



Getaway

2%

Rating: PG-13, for intense action, violence and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures, and language.

An insane number of cars gets demolished in the name of mindless summer entertainment. Innocent bystanders get mowed down, property is destroyed and general mayhem rules the streets. In the center of it all, causing this damage on command in hopes that he’ll be able to save his kidnapped wife, is Ethan Hawke. As the awesomely named Brent Magna, Hawke plays a washed-up racecar driver who’s stuck in a stolen, souped-up car following the cruel and arbitrary instructions of a disembodied voice (Jon Voight) who has orchestrated his wife’s abduction. Then Selena Gomez shows up as the car’s owner and becomes his hostage, then his unwitting partner. The two trade stilted, profane banter.

New On DVD:



The Great Gatsby

48%

Rating: PG-13, for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language.

Decadent partying permeates this film, which should come as no surprise to anyone who read the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that inspired it in 10th-grade English class. Reclusive, nouveau-riche Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) tries to win back his lost love, the dazzling socialite Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), by staging a series of elaborate soirees that he hopes will catch her attention. Much cigarette smoking and swilling of champagne ensues. Everyone eventually goes home, though, leaving Gatsby to his violent, tragic fate. Director Baz Luhrmann depicts it all lavishly – and in 3-D, no less. But he doesn’t seem to get the melancholy soul of the novel: the loneliness, and the crumbling of the American dream. Totally fine for tweens and high-school kids.

Tag Cloud

24 frames adventure El Rey Election Fall TV First Look American Society of Cinematographers TIFF Hulu BBC America Disney SundanceTV Country Holidays Calendar 2016 Character Guide A&E Fantasy Summer BBC CBS PaleyFest Extras Syfy Exclusive Video 2015 E! CBS All Access Sundance sports DirecTV History Nominations Photos BET FXX FOX GIFs AMC Crackle harry potter Sneak Peek politics Interview travel NBC Spring TV thriller Martial Arts Cartoon Network PBS Awards Toys crime drama Opinion sitcom 2017 singing competition Writers Guild of America Ghostbusters Thanksgiving NYCC Showtime The CW Masterpiece Universal Emmys discovery Disney Channel Trailer FX Winners Mystery docudrama serial killer Superheroes USA vampires Set visit OWN ITV CNN VH1 Oscars Grammys Certified Fresh Food Network Lionsgate Logo science fiction diversity Comedy Central President 007 TBS Bravo Freeform crime thriller Winter TV DC Comics Premiere Dates Music TCM Drama Marathons Horror MTV Pirates Action GoT TCA LGBTQ Musicals VICE ABC Family CMT cinemax Pop Polls and Games TCA 2017 Tomatazos ESPN comiccon TNT social media Starz Video Games Esquire period drama Cosplay Rom-Com Schedule Tumblr IFC boxoffice Animation Star Wars ABC Rocky Nat Geo Rock TruTV dramedy Countdown Best and Worst Infographic Amazon Comedy Year in Review Watching Series HBO Valentine's Day Trivia Fox News Netflix Biopics Adult Swim Kids & Family Marvel WGN Sci-Fi Box Office Nickelodeon Red Carpet Podcast TV Land cooking Reality Reality Competition SDCC MSNBC Lifetime GLAAD