Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Taken 2 and Won't Back Down

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

by | January 17, 2013 | Comments


It’s been a rough month for family-friendly theatrical releases, so once again we look to the DVD shelf, where we find an action sequel (Taken 2) and an education drama (Won’t Back Down). Read on to find out what’s appropriate for the whole family.

New On DVD:

Taken 2


What’s it about? Liam Neeson is back as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, who must use every skill in his arsenal when he and his ex-wife are kidnapped in Istanbul by the vengeance-driven family members of the folks who abducted Mills’ daughter last time.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 “for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality.” It’s probably nothing your teens haven’t seen before, but it’s certainly too much for anyone younger.

Is it any good? Critics say Taken 2 is essentially a rehash of its predecessor, but without the logic, coherence, and excitement required to keep it fresh.

Won’t Back Down


What’s it about? Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal star as a teacher and a single mom, respectively, who become so disillusioned by the bureaucratic rigidity of the local public school system that they start a grass-roots movement to wrest control from the teachers union.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG “for thematic elements and language.” It’s probably safe for kids, though they might not want to watch a movie about education policy; teens may be more receptive.

Is it any good? Critics say Won’t Back Down is well-acted, but its script fails to lend dramatic heft or sophistication to the hot-button issue of education reform.

Tag Cloud

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