Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Promised Land, The Impossible, and Looper

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

by | January 3, 2013 | Comments

 

With the holiday season officially behind us, we’re relatively short on family-friendly viewing this week. In wide release is the eco-drama Promised Land starring Matt Damon and the family disaster thriller The Impossible starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. And on DVD, we’ve got twisty time travel with Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Read on to find out what’s appropriate for the whole family.

In Theaters This Week:



Promised Land

51%

What’s it about? Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is dispatched to an economically depressed town to secure drilling rights for an energy company. However, he meets resistance from a grassroots effort by local residents.

Who’s it for? It’s rated R for “for language.” Though there’s nothing in the film that teens probably haven’t heard before, it’s likely they may be bored by this issue-driven drama.

Is it any good? Critics say Promised Land contains strong performances, but it’s tonally uneven and overly earnest.



The Impossible

81%

What’s it about? Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as parents on vacation in Thailand with their three children when a brutal tsunami hits and forces them to fight for their lives.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity.” In addition to its portrayal of a family in danger, it has a few scenes of graphic gore, so it’s probably not safe for kids below high school age.

Is it any good? Critics say The Impossible is a powerful, inspiring tale of survival, and it’s Certified Fresh to boot.

New On DVD:



Looper

93%

What’s it about? It’s 2044, and control of time-travel technology is in the hands of the mob; when they want somebody rubbed out, they send them back 30 years for an assassin to kill. But when one such “looper” (Joseph Gordon-Levitt ) is tasked with killing a future version of himself (Bruce Willis), he finds himself on the run from perhaps fate itself.

Who’s it for? It’s rated R for “for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content.” Looper also features a home invasion and a child in constant danger, so it’s too much for kids, but thoughtful older teens will find much to savor here.

Is it any good? Critics say Rian Johnson’s Certified Fresh third feature pulls off that rarest of trifectas — it’s at once a provocative head trip, a tense thriller, and an intriguing character study.

Tag Cloud

Thanksgiving vampires Premiere Dates Marvel Calendar Podcast crime Marathons zombies zombie Music TLC cooking hist WGN Biopics Sony Pictures Food Network biography Star Trek Musical sitcom NBC docudrama The Arrangement Britbox Mary Tyler Moore NYCC justice league TNT Rock OWN Universal 2016 TV ratings Cartoon Network Freeform DirecTV 007 finale Netflix AMC History TCA Opinion Paramount Network Watching Series supernatural Countdown Sci-Fi Valentine's Day CMT based on movie Spring TV IFC El Rey MSNBC Emmys A&E CBS All Access historical drama Creative Arts Emmys Adult Swim Pixar Paramount cats 2017 festivals Superheroes Comic Book science fiction YA Action Ellie Kemper Sundance spy thriller BBC America Christmas Disney golden globes HBO Acorn TV Lifetime Country Summer X-Men 20th Century Fox Star Wars Video Games boxoffice period drama Tomatazos Hulu VH1 Esquire BBC Musicals Super Bowl Rocky robots dceu National Geographic diversity social media harry potter FXX Disney Channel Kids & Family CW Seed cults USA Network Crackle Interview discovery SXSW E3 Photos war Reality Competition CBS Trivia TruTV Drama RT History Shondaland cinemax DC streaming service See It Skip It Showtime 2015 serial killer DC Universe YouTube Red APB Teen TV Land Nominations romance ITV Masterpiece FOX Oscars VICE Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Toys political drama Awards TCA 2017 Horror Logo Infographic DC Comics GIFs Cosplay SundanceTV aliens Comedy Lucasfilm GoT Western ABC unscripted what to watch Martial Arts Tumblr ESPN Certified Fresh PaleyFest crime thriller 21st Century Fox Pirates Box Office adventure Comedy Central Grammys Warner Bros. politics dc Ghostbusters Sneak Peek police drama Animation Extras Fantasy binge American Society of Cinematographers Set visit singing competition Winter TV SDCC Superheroe Year in Review thriller comiccon TIFF transformers Winners Dark Horse Comics psycho First Look MTV USA Mystery Spike crossover Rom-Com Election talk show E! ABC Family sports Sundance Now CNN 24 frames Lionsgate 45 Trailer cops Fox News composers Amazon FX IFC Films TBS TCM Pop crime drama Bravo Nat Geo BET GLAAD Character Guide Nickelodeon Fall TV technology President Syfy PBS Reality travel The CW Schedule dramedy LGBTQ Starz Red Carpet Polls and Games Holidays medical drama Mindy Kaling Best and Worst Writers Guild of America