Parental Guidance

How Family-Friendly Are King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Lowriders?

by | May 12, 2017 | Comments

This week, there’s a decent chance younger audiences will be interested in the action-packed new reimagining of the King Arthur legend, but before you take them to see it, you may want to know what kinds of shenanigans Charlie Hunnam and his pals get up to in the film. Read on for Christy’s analysis on Legend of the Sword and the smaller-scale drama Lowriders.



King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) 28%

Rating: PG-13, for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language.

It’s yet another telling of the legend of King Arthur – an origin story, which all superheroes get come summertime. Director and co-writer Guy Ritchie mashes up the visual verve and verbal brio of his early gangster movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch with the massive action sequences and glossy CGI that are standard for big-studio blockbusters. At the center of all the sound and fury is Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, who rises from the obscurity of the streets to take his rightful place as king. There’s a ton of violence: fistfights, explosions, mass destruction and giant, marauding elephants. The usual. People kill each other – it’s an epic power struggle, after all. Because this is a Ritchie movie, there’s plenty of colorful dialogue and language. And a flashback to Arthur’s scrappy childhood reveals he was raised in a brothel. It’s messy and noisy, but it’s probably suitable for viewers around 12 or 13 and older.

Lowriders (2017) 55%

Rating: PG-13, for language, some violence, sensuality, thematic elements and brief drug use.

A strong cast and vivid sense of place elevate this otherwise familiar tale of intergenerational conflict. Lowriders takes place within the vibrant, Mexican-American car culture of East Los Angeles – a section of the city we don’t often see on film. Demian Bichir stars as a hardworking auto mechanic and recovering alcoholic who competes with his crew in the annual lowrider competition. His very different sons (Gabriel Chavarria and Theo Rossi) also get involved in designing and driving meticulously styled vintage vehicles, even as they try to assert their own identities and sense of artistry. A key character gets shot in the chest. There are police run-ins and arrests, and the elder son has just been released after several years in prison for stealing car parts. There’s quite a bit of language throughout, including the one F-bomb allowed in a PG-13 movie. And there’s some innuendo, including the suggestion that a couple of young people have had sex. But the themes of family loyalty, acceptance and perseverance are worthwhile. Fine for kids around 12 or 13 and older.

Tag Cloud

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