Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: All Is Lost, Plus Pacific Rim on DVD

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

by | October 18, 2013 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:



All Is Lost

94%

Rating: PG-13, for brief strong language.

Robert Redford gives a tour-de-force performance in an essentially wordless role as a man stranded alone on a small yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean. When he does allow himself to break down and speak, on the sixth day of his ordeal, he bellows the four-letter word the rest of us would have shouted early and often on day one. Nothing frightening happens in director J.C. Chandor’s powerfully precise film -not in the traditional, horror-flick sense of the word. But Redford’s character’s struggle for survival steadily intensifies with each new problem until it becomes almost unbearably harrowing. Some tweens might find themselves a little bored by the quiet tone and languid pacing. But All Is Lost also could serve as an inspiring tale of resourcefulness and perseverance.

New On DVD:



Pacific Rim

71%

Rating: PG-13, for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.

Director Guillermo del Toro does not mess around when it comes to creature features, as we know, so the monsters in this spectacularly mounted escape are full of clever, vivid details. This summer blockbuster features giant underwater monsters known as kaiju wreaking havoc on major cities across the globe; only an army of massive robots can stop them and save humanity. It’s big, dumb fun that might be too scary for littler ones but just right for eager tweens. One sequence, however, will be unnerving for viewers of any age: a flashback to a little girl scurrying through the decimated streets of Japan, sobbing as she tries to flee the beast that just killed her parents.

Tag Cloud

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