Parental Guidance

How Family-Friendly are Central Intelligence and Finding Dory?

by | June 17, 2016 | Comments

A few scenes in Pixar’s latest may scare the youngest viewers, and the Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart action comedy might be a little on the racy side. Check Christy’s breakdown for more details, as well as her thoughts on a couple of new releases on home video.


NEW IN THEATERS

 

Finding Dory (2016) 94%

Rating: PG for mild thematic elements.

The sequel to the essential 2003 Pixar film Finding Nemo finds the forgetful fish Dory (voiced once again by Ellen DeGeneres) swimming across the Pacific Ocean to seek the parents she recently remembered she had. Along the way, she gets help from various sea creatures including old friends Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), a reluctant octopus (Ed O’Neill) and a nearsighted whale shark (Kaitlin Olsen). It’s funny and lively and visually wondrous, as we’ve come to expect from Pixar, with colors and details that are dazzlingly rich and vibrant. But there are ideas and moments here that might be scary for the littlest viewers, including flashbacks to Dory being separated from her parents when she was very young and feeling lost and alone within the massive ocean as she tries to reconnect with them. Parents, meanwhile, might get choked up at the prospect of being on the other side of that situation – and there’s one shot toward the end that’s just wrenching in its beauty. Dory and her friends are frequently in danger, but on the upside, they always find a way to help each other. And parents of children with disabilities or learning difficulties surely will find comfort in the film’s thoughtful treatment of Dory’s short-term memory loss. A great choice for the whole family.


Central Intelligence (2016) 71%

Rating: PG-13, for crude and suggestive humor, some nudity, action violence and brief strong language.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart team up in this surprisingly funny mismatched-buddy comedy. Johnson stars as a former high school nerd who’s now a muscular man of mystery and action. Hart plays the classmate Johnson always looked up to: the one-time big man on campus who now realizes he peaked 20 years ago. There’s a ton of gun violence here as the two team up to keep government secrets from falling into the wrong hands. Johnson’s character also beats the daylights out of several people, all of whom are bad guys. (He’s also frequently naked, both in flashbacks to his portly former self and as the rock he is today.) And there’s quite a bit of language and racy humor. But Central Intelligence also has a strong anti-bullying message and an honest, warmhearted take on male friendship. Probably fine for kids around 13 and older.


NEW ON DVD

 

Eddie the Eagle (2016) 81%

Rating: PG-13, for some suggestive material, partial nudity and smoking.

Tweens and older will be fine watching this feel-good, formulaic story about the unlikely athletic prowess of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, who competed in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary as the first British ski jumper since the 1920s. What he lacked in natural physical ability he made up for in fearlessness and heart. It’s a pretty harmless story for the whole family for the most part, except for a couple of racy scenes. One features Eddie’s reluctant coach, a former American ski jumping great (Hugh Jackman), comparing the dynamics of takeoff to having sex with Bo Derek, complete with fake orgasm. The other scene takes place in a sauna where several hunky, Scandinavian ski jumpers are unwinding in little more than skimpy towels. Also, Jackman’s character smokes and sips from a flask pretty much non-stop. (It’s shorthand to indicate how rebellious he is.) But the movie also has some worthwhile messages about perseverance, self-confidence and drive. Back when it screened for critics, I brought my 6-year-old son with me and he enjoyed Eddie’s slapsticky antics. (He falls a lot, from various heights.)


Tag Cloud

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