Parental Guidance

How Family-Friendly is Power Rangers?

by | March 24, 2017 | Comments

You may have fond memories of watching the various Power Rangers shows growing up, but now that they’re on the big screen in a brand new adaptation for modern audiences, the new Power Rangers may not be entirely suitable for kids. Read on for Christy’s take on the new action flick, as well as a couple of rentals.


NOW IN THEATERS

 

Saban's Power Rangers (2017) 50%

Rating: PG-13, for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor.

Yes, there is yet another incarnation of the Power Rangers saga. This time, it’s a live-action movie, as opposed to the cheesy TV cartoons you may have grown up watching in the early 1990s. It’s essentially a superhero version of The Breakfast Club, with five disparate high school students finding colorful crystal coins in an abandoned mine that give them unexpected powers. But they also find themselves in the middle of a battle for the planet that’s millions of years old. In the process, the fictional small town of Angel Grove gets decimated. There’s quite a bit of big, noisy violence here, as well as some more intimate, hand-to-hand combat sequences with monsters that look like a bunch of boulders stacked on top of each other. There’s also language throughout, some suggestive humor off the top involving a cow’s bodily fluids, and a police chase and car crash. And the villain, former Power Ranger Rita Repulsa (a campy Elizabeth Banks), may seem scary to little kids, particularly at the beginning of the film when she looks especially witch-like and hasn’t regained her full power and splendor. That’s the only thing that my 7-year-old son found disturbing: an especially violent scene in an alley at night involving Rita and a hobo who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. But it’s brief. This is probably fine for viewers around 9 or 10 and older.


NEW ON DVD

 

Assassin's Creed (2016) 18%

Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements and brief strong language.

Kids around 13 and older should be fine watching this, but I wouldn’t show it to anyone much younger. It’s yet another movie based on a video game – and once again, it doesn’t get that transition right, despite heftier production values and a more pedigreed cast than usual. Michael Fassbender stars as Cal, who’s being executed for murder in the present day at the film’s start. But then he wakes up and he finds he’s in a lab where he’ll have to tap into his genetic ability to live someone else’s memories – specifically, those of his ancestor, who was part of a secret society known as the Assassins. His mission: Travel back to Spain 500 years ago. His goal: Find the elusive Apple of Eden, an artifact that has something to do with controlling free will. Or something. Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Charlotte Rampling co-star. Why any of these esteemed actors said yes to this is truly mind-boggling. The film from Justin Kurzel, who also directed Fassbender in 2015’s Macbeth, has a similarly gritty, gloomy aesthetic – and it’s just relentlessly violent. As I often say, it’s right there on the edge of what you can get away with in a PG-13 movie. Assassin’s Creed features copious killings and stabbings as well as a ton of brutal, hand-to-hand combat. It is very bloody. There’s also a frightening sci-fi element as Cal mentally goes back in time. Younger viewers will find the plot super baffling; then again, so will most adults.


Sing (2016) 72%

Rating: PG, for some rude humor and mild peril.

Viewers of all ages will enjoy the latest animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment, the folks behind the Despicable Me movies and The Secret Life of Pets. And as in Illumination’s previous movies, there’s nothing even slightly scary or inappropriate here. Once again, an array of colorful creatures enjoys adventures in the big city. Matthew McConaughey provides the voice of a koala who owns a historic theater that’s in danger of closing. He gets the idea to stage a singing competition to drum up interest – think of it as Animal Idol – with performers including a harried, housewife pig (Reese Witherspoon), a reluctant criminal gorilla (Taron Egerton), a crooning mouse (Seth MacFarlane) and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson). The animals find themselves in danger, briefly, when a glass case filled with water (and squid) explodes, flooding the dilapidated theater and causing it to crumble. And the gorilla is part of a bank-robbing gang, but we never see the actual crimes. Mostly, Sing is about being true to yourself and finding your voice – literally. And ultimately, it’s about teaming up with a diverse group of folks for a good cause.

Tag Cloud

Sundance 21st Century Fox TBS Pet Sematary Superheroes Ellie Kemper Certified Fresh Infographic miniseries war zero dark thirty Pride Month Esquire Spectrum Originals 2018 Vudu science fiction adaptation zombie Columbia Pictures witnail singing competition anthology Schedule LGBTQ cats Fox News biography LGBT Nat Geo Opinion game of thrones 20th Century Fox Amazon SDCC Comic Book Year in Review GoT IFC A&E Premiere Dates psycho Amazon Prime Video BET tv talk space Country DC Universe Teen USA Network spain E3 Disney Sci-Fi SXSW Cartoon Network TV Land Comics on TV Writers Guild of America police drama transformers CNN See It Skip It E! CMT historical drama Dark Horse Comics Lifetime Quiz Christmas VICE Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ghosts GIFs DirecTV cults Epix technology composers TIFF politics Women's History Month Stephen King RT21 teaser TV comiccon Mary poppins TruTV CBS Freeform BBC America Biopics Fantasy cooking Photos YouTube Premium Comedy jamie lee curtis dragons Brie Larson PaleyFest Rocky First Reviews TCM History Tomatazos disaster harry potter festivals adventure book finale period drama 2015 supernatural Mystery Film Festival binge doctor who Pixar cinemax TLC natural history Trivia Mudbound theme song New York Comic Con San Diego Comic-Con Ghostbusters ABC justice league Emmy Nominations Reality Thanksgiving Spike mutant WarnerMedia ITV Crackle boxoffice stand-up comedy Paramount crime Holidays Elton John YA TNT south america Character Guide romance Arrowverse psychological thriller Adult Swim latino serial killer discovery Toys Tumblr APB The CW IFC Films foreign Drama animated Emmys Box Office Superheroe true crime Hulu political drama HBO Max Podcast Action Shondaland game show Family Sneak Peek elevated horror Starz Red Carpet Sundance Now sequel Heroines National Geographic Cosplay social media The Witch Disney Channel travel Kids & Family Horror hispanic Mary Tyler Moore Cannes thriller Nickelodeon Logo TCA NBC Film spanish language spider-man MCU Britbox WGN 2017 richard e. Grant 24 frames DC streaming service spinoff series cars Star Trek Musicals Rom-Com Best and Worst streaming casting children's TV BBC VH1 quibi comic Ovation award winner CBS All Access Chernobyl Polls and Games NYCC Video Games dc Paramount Network Marathons FOX The Arrangement Oscars FXX television Super Bowl MSNBC Amazon Prime TCA 2017 golden globes Countdown Winter TV 007 Pop Extras Black Mirror mockumentary Warner Bros. ratings Watching Series facebook American Society of Cinematographers OWN robots Comedy Central Western HBO anime El Rey spy thriller crime drama medical drama Rock toy story zombies Marvel 45 X-Men 2019 vampires Creative Arts Emmys strong female leads kids Set visit Sony Pictures Song of Ice and Fire USA sports Bravo Disney streaming service DGA Masterpiece Acorn TV cops Pirates Tarantino sitcom Binge Guide Universal YouTube Red Anna Paquin Star Wars Food Network Shudder nature Showtime PBS Grammys Netflix Mindy Kaling hist Trophy Talk Summer CW Seed DC Comics dceu Martial Arts what to watch unscripted Trailer Nominations blaxploitation President based on movie Walt Disney Pictures Syfy Lucasfilm dramedy First Look talk show Interview green book 2016 Valentine's Day Apple movies Fall TV Musical Captain marvel docudrama ABC Family FX AMC revenge Calendar aliens Rocketman Awards Tour SundanceTV Awards Animation Lionsgate RT History GLAAD Mary Poppins Returns Spring TV ESPN Winners Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Music crime thriller diversity Election crossover MTV Reality Competition