Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Dolphin Tale 2, Plus Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and More on DVD

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

by | September 12, 2014 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:

Dolphin Tale 2


Rating: PG, for some mild thematic elements.

This sequel to the 2011 family film Dolphin Tale is, like its predecessor, exceedingly earnest and harmless entertainment. But there’s something sort of sweet and quaint about that. Winter, the dolphin who was rescued in the first movie, now lives at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida and is learning to function with a high-tech prosthetic tail. But her status there is in jeopardy when — spoiler alert! — her elderly companion dolphin dies. I brought my almost-5-year-old son with me to the screening and the dolphin’s death — as well as the devastated reactions from the teens who worked with her — upset him. But for the most part, this is a film that?s all about teamwork and uplift. Fine for the whole family.

New On DVD:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Rating: PG-13, for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.

The second Captain America movie is chock full of shootouts, martial-arts butt kicking and the kind of prolonged, punishing brawls in which only physically altered specimens can engage. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from an effects-laden blockbuster based on a comic-book hero. But beneath the well-staged mayhem, the film ponders much darker themes, as well as a debate over freedom vs. security. This time, Cap (Chris Evans) must uncover a conspiracy within the secret government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. with the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). There’s an incredibly violent car chase that causes a ton of damage involving their boss, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), as well as a climactic battle in the skies above Washington featuring massive machines created to take out millions of people. This is probably fine for mature tweens and older.

Brick Mansions


Rating: PG-13, for frenetic gunplay, action and violence throughout, language, sexual menace and drug material.

The final film Paul Walker completed before dying in an auto accident in November 2013 is an English-language remake of the French cult hit District B13. It’s also a super-duper violent PG-13 movie full of thrilling chases, heavily armed goons, fiery explosions and elaborately choreographed martial-arts battles. Walker stars as an undercover officer who must infiltrate a seedy housing project in a crime-infested, dystopian Detroit. Walker’s character teams up with a longtime resident of the buildings (Parkour founder David Belle, reprising his role from the original) to take down the drug kingpin who rules the place (Wu-Tang Clan?s RZA). Along the way, a beautiful young woman is kidnapped and placed in some sexually perilous situations. It’s really intense and mature, and probably only suitable for tweens and up.

Tag Cloud

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