Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and more

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

by | February 6, 2015 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

81%

Rating: PG, for mild action and rude humor.

This second feature-length SpongeBob SquarePants movie is zippy and zany and colorful and everything you want if you’re a fan of the long-running television series. This time, SpongeBob (voiced as always by Tom Kenny) and his pals must leave the watery safety of Bikini Bottom and venture onto dry land to track down the culprit who stole the secret formula for everyone’s favorite fast-food treat, the Krabby Patty. (Antonio Banderas appears in live-action sequences as a goofily villainous pirate.) The pop culture references and subversive humor will go over kids’ heads. There are a few gross-out jokes but they’re harmless. I brought my 5-year-old son and one of his friends to see this and they had a blast — jumping up and down, laughing and dancing. This is a good time for the whole family.

Jupiter Ascending

28%

Rating: PG-13, for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity.

A long, noisy and totally nutso sci-fi opera from the writing-directing Wachowskis, Lana and Andy. Mila Kunis stars as a Chicago maid who learns she’s actually the queen of the universe. Channing Tatum plays the half-man, half-dog protector who zooms around on jet-powered boots to save her whenever she’s in trouble (which is often). Big, dangerous chases and battles ensue as various members of a royal galactic family try to manipulate and even kill Kunis’ character to seize the kingdom. The sheer volume and running time will probably make this prohibitive for a lot of younger viewers. It’s just an overwhelming experience. There’s also a bit of nudity in a bathtub scene. More mature tweens with a taste for this kind of science fiction/fantasy material might dig it, though.

Seventh Son

12%

Rating: PG-13, for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language.

In this supernatural action spectacle set in a distant past, Jeff Bridges stars as a mysterious knight who imprisoned a powerful witch (Julianne Moore) centuries ago. But now she’s escaped, and she gathers her various nefarious minions to seek revenge. The film is loosely based on the young adult series of Last Apprentice novels, so tweens may be familiar with the material, but much of this will probably be too visually intense and frightening for young viewers. The witch transforms into several scary creatures and there’s quite a bit of medieval swordplay and death. There’s also some romance, passionate kissing and implied sex. Probably best suited for mature tweens and up.

Tag Cloud

Rock rotten movies we love Country Holidays TV Podcast documentaries Neflix strong female leads Pop TV football fresh Cannes DC Universe Interview blockbuster El Rey politics sag awards 2019 E! First Reviews Best and Worst comic book movie venice RT21 Video Games supernatural Pacific Islander streaming movies 4/20 Academy Awards Creative Arts Emmys Marvel Television Pet Sematary Legendary Premiere Dates cats worst Arrowverse australia kids PlayStation monster movies south america mob free movies scary movies technology witnail latino Food Network Discovery Channel USA Network sitcom cooking New York Comic Con 24 frames Epix spider-man series HBO Fox Searchlight heist movie sopranos mutant period drama cartoon FOX Best Picture what to watch best scene in color series classics women Universal Pictures Native rt archives reboot video on demand 2017 Best Actor blockbusters scary political drama Alien Hollywood Foreign Press Association Awards Tour comic Extras Music Black Mirror 1990s saw Writers Guild of America Best Director batman zombies Mary Tyler Moore psycho hollywood theme song game show Valentine's Day Rocky Prime Video Reality space TCA Winter 2020 cops rotten trophy Elton John biopic children's TV justice league Esquire docudrama CBS All Access binge BET Awards The Arrangement critic resources Comedy Central razzies romantic comedy E3 sports canceled TV shows Teen cancelled TV shows video leaderboard Shondaland foreign Starz Masterpiece rt labs Grammys mcc American Society of Cinematographers Super Bowl Paramount Network target scene in color stop motion kong GIFs screen actors guild broadcast vs. APB gangster Fall TV toy story worst movies die hard TCA 2017 adenture Oscar Chernobyl YouTube Premium MCU MSNBC summer TV preview Amazon Prime award winner Classic Film Lionsgate slasher godzilla spanish Oscars Toys live action TV movies IFC elevated horror comedies Black History Month posters twilight Action USA NYCC SXSW 2022 LGBTQ 71st Emmy Awards disaster Best Actress Awards Disney Channel Sony Pictures Mary poppins Peacock Winter TV SDCC Binge Guide Superheroes FXX Amazon YouTube Red werewolf zero dark thirty Pirates diversity CNN richard e. Grant japan Geeked Week crime drama streamig king kong critics Marvel Studios Sony popular natural history TV One miniseries sequels independent blaxploitation Focus Features Red Carpet vampires BBC Comic-Con@Home 2021 YouTube YA Photos Reality Competition AMC criterion war Calendar cults VICE Kids & Family San Diego Comic-Con Tubi Wes Anderson NBC Amazon Studios comiccon Apple TV Plus Logo Lifetime Christmas movies hispanic Disney FX on Hulu Bravo true crime First Look Western renewed TV shows 93rd Oscars debate crime thriller TLC feel good superhero Trailer Television Academy TIFF Spring TV Netflix Christmas movies dexter christmas movies 007 Sundance Now remakes The Purge Mudbound Pixar trailers adventure Nickelodeon james bond jamie lee curtis The Walt Disney Company book adaptation Women's History Month 99% hidden camera Schedule mockumentary target BBC One Sundance TV Freeform The Academy Tomatazos royal family 73rd Emmy Awards black comedy telelvision fast and furious historical drama Turner Classic Movies Emmys Musicals child's play Netflix chucky ABC 72 Emmy Awards Cosplay pirates of the caribbean documentary Crackle aliens MTV Film Festival dceu summer preview Martial Arts Funimation 45 ABC Family Trophy Talk ABC Signature Year in Review Emmy Nominations Paramount Plus wonder woman breaking bad Columbia Pictures Mystery ViacomCBS comic books TruTV The CW Acorn TV thriller joker Animation comic book movies TNT discovery The Witch SundanceTV Hallmark Christmas movies HBO Go screenings Lucasfilm scene in color Amazon Prime Video A24 marvel comics DC streaming service teaser See It Skip It new zealand Song of Ice and Fire Fargo DirecTV ID Election Comedy zombie HFPA boxoffice Infographic 90s reviews History movies halloween Vudu emmy awards crossover Apple TV+ Syfy Ellie Kemper President Nominations cinemax PaleyFest 2015 Showtime a nightmare on elm street obi wan cancelled TV series Hulu festival docuseries Quiz composers Trivia parents finale genre CMT TCA rom-coms Dark Horse Comics news science fiction concert Rocketman Pride Month Christmas based on movie movie talk show Horror IFC Films Apple 20th Century Fox slashers unscripted dc nfl cancelled japanese Britbox Mary Poppins Returns Watching Series obituary 79th Golden Globes Awards harry potter Rom-Com french AMC Plus Spike spider-verse directors indie revenge GLAAD ITV game of thrones Tags: Comedy nature Star Wars archives OneApp Star Wars Celebration social media IMDb TV halloween tv Lifetime Sci-Fi Disney Plus Heroines animated Instagram Live Captain marvel 2016 VH1 Crunchyroll dreamworks golden globe awards stand-up comedy romance hist MGM dragons asian-american facebook toronto doctor who Hear Us Out Shudder Universal young adult golden globes Stephen King spy thriller Character Guide A&E PBS ratings Walt Disney Pictures Certified Fresh Countdown Paramount Chilling Adventures of Sabrina anime dark all-time casting Endgame high school Paramount Pictures serial killer WGN Set visit Adult Swim art house Image Comics TCA Awards Film jurassic park lord of the rings National Geographic Avengers cancelled television king arthur name the review CW Seed Ghostbusters Opinion olympics comics crime The Walking Dead spanish language new star wars movies superman tv talk ghosts legend Winners Hallmark singing competition police drama mission: impossible Pop italian sequel Television Critics Association Travel Channel Disney+ Disney Plus psychological thriller nbcuniversal Thanksgiving cars Fox News travel Marathons live event biography TV Land know your critic Baby Yoda TBS spain TV renewals Warner Bros. BBC America FX Turner indiana jones quibi Nat Geo new york action-comedy BAFTA DGA films transformers stoner LGBT deadpool 2021 South by Southwest Film Festival aapi television 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards TCM dogs Drama scene in color film series Summer 21st Century Fox summer TV Mindy Kaling Ovation festivals green book 94th Oscars black DC Comics OWN Tokyo Olympics Comics on TV SXSW Exclusive Video marvel cinematic universe 2018 medical drama dramedy Musical spinoff WarnerMedia canceled scorecard Disney streaming service Biopics Superheroe Spectrum Originals laika Box Office Indigenous NBA basketball interviews Holiday GoT universal monsters rt labs critics edition Comic Book Cartoon Network Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt VOD international CBS Broadway Tarantino 2020 book RT History hispanic heritage month prank Tumblr HBO Max Marvel BET franchise X-Men anthology kaiju satire adaptation Star Trek streaming suspense Family Sundance robots versus Brie Larson boxing Polls and Games Fantasy Anna Paquin ESPN Sneak Peek