Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Men in Black III, ParaNorman, and Step Up Revolution

Check out our rundown of what is (and isn't) kid-friendly this week.

by | November 29, 2012 | Comments


Sorry, folks: if you’re looking for new family fare in theaters this week, you’re out of luck, as the two wide releases — Killing Them Softly and The Collection — aren’t safe for kids. However, the good news is that we’ve got some interesting DVD choices, including the sci-fi comedy Men in Black III and the animated horror homage ParaNorman. Without further ado, check out the best bets for family viewing this week!

New On DVD:

Men in Black III


What’s it about? Agent J (Will Smith) learns that his old partner Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is in grave danger. In order to rescue K — and save humanity — J must travel back in time and team up with K’s younger self (Josh Brolin).

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “for sci-fi action/violence and brief suggestive content.” It’s safe for teens.

Is it any good? Even if nobody asked for a third installment, critics say MIB III is much better than it has a right to be — it’s charming, well acted, and features terrific special effects.



What’s it about? Norman is a young misfit with the ability to communicate with the spirits, which comes in handy when zombies and other assorted ghouls threaten his community.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG for “scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language.” “Scary” is the operative word here; ParaNorman is pretty intense, so you probably shouldn’t screen it for any kids younger than eight or so.

Is it any good? Like Coraline, the previous film from the animation aces at Laika, ParaNorman is dark and wondrous, a macabre and imaginative fantasia that’s funny and spooky.

Step Up Revolution (AKA Miami Heat)


What’s it about? Emily is a professional dancer who falls for the more streetwise Sean. Sean’s flash mob crew is threatened, however, when a businessman attempts to gentrify his dance turf.

Who’s it for? It’s rated PG-13 for “some suggestive dancing and language.” It’s mostly innocuous stuff, and nothing your tweens wouldn’t see on an episode of Dancing with the Stars.

Is it any good? It’s pretty much what you’d expect: critics say the dance sequences are terrific, but the acting is so-so and the story is as old as the hills.

Tag Cloud

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