Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns, Moms' Night Out, Plus Veronica Mars on DVD

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

by | May 9, 2014 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:



Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

16%

Rating: PG, for some scary images and mild peril.

This 3-D animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz finds Dorothy (voiced by Glee star Lea Michele) returning to Oz at the behest of the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Lion (Jim Belushi). She must defeat the sadistic and power-hungry Jester (Martin Short), who has taken over and plunged the place into ruin. The flying monkeys look more impish than frightening this time around, but when Jester is projected in full-blown, great-and-powerful mode, it might be a bit frightening for the youngest kids. A whole new motley crew joining Dorothy on the yellow brick road once again runs into various dangers and obstacles along the way. One of these supporting character “dies,” sorta, which upset my 4 ½-year-old son, briefly. Truthfully, though? You should show your kids the original Wizard of Oz instead of this shrill, ugly mess.



Moms’ Night Out

17%

Rating: PG, for mild thematic elements and some action.

This dismally tame comedy follows three harried moms (Sarah Drew, Andrea Logan White and Patricia Heaton) who dare to go out for a much-needed evening of fun. All hell — or rather, all heck — breaks loose, since this movie is aimed at Christian audiences. There’s nothing even vaguely harmful or offensive here: a visit to a tattoo parlor, a chase involving the nicest bikers you’ve ever seen and a trip to jail, eventually, for a wacky stun-gun accident. Something bad happens to a pet bird but it takes place off-screen. No one drinks or even curses. No one has a good time either.

New On DVD:



Veronica Mars

79%

Rating: PG-13, for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language.

The film version of the cult-favorite TV show is snappy, smart fun for fans and newbies alike. It’s also probably best suited to tween viewers and older. Kristen Bell returns in the role that made her famous as a former girl detective who returns to the wealthy beach town of Neptune, Calif., to solve a mysterious killing. A pop star is found dead in a bathtub, there’s a lot of language and sexual innuendo as well as several references to a sex tape in which Veronica unknowingly starred. There’s also a fistfight, several shootings and a very bloody, serious car accident. And Bell gets the honor of dropping the one, well-placed F-bomb you get with a PG-13 rating.

Tag Cloud

FX 007 GIFs OWN 20th Century Fox Extras justice league Mystery Character Guide technology Mindy Kaling Superheroes Adult Swim FOX Video Games WGN First Look Star Trek Awards Emmys Shondaland talk show Comic Book Valentine's Day CMT serial killer Martial Arts Nominations Cartoon Network hist Teen Musical composers TBS crime drama DC Universe diversity Drama Ellie Kemper robots Sundance Walt Disney Pictures aliens Premiere Dates Masterpiece Spring TV based on movie Writers Guild of America Acorn TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Nickelodeon travel RT History supernatural TCM medical drama BBC 2017 Reality TNT Fall TV Superheroe vampires Opinion SundanceTV See It Skip It DirecTV TCA 2017 USA Network Animation Podcast CNN BET Pop Spike Ovation discovery police drama Election Best and Worst TV TCA ESPN ABC zombies political drama cults Schedule Marathons Winter TV binge Nat Geo Star Wars Warner Bros. USA Polls and Games Apple comiccon VICE festivals CBS All Access Lifetime Fantasy Country PBS Kids & Family golden globes Rom-Com LGBTQ Esquire Mary Tyler Moore APB Biopics sports Universal CBS romance Creative Arts Emmys Certified Fresh Columbia Pictures cops Box Office GLAAD Toys Fox News Trailer politics Amazon Bravo CW Seed streaming 2015 Comedy TruTV E! Disney National Geographic The CW cooking Britbox psycho ratings Food Network Photos President Watching Series what to watch IFC Films ABC Family Tomatazos Pixar NYCC transformers Crackle 21st Century Fox Freeform cats crime biography Hulu unscripted Musicals Rocky Grammys docudrama ITV Pirates spy thriller TV Land MTV Sneak Peek Calendar thriller 24 frames X-Men Oscars TLC harry potter science fiction American Society of Cinematographers YouTube Red Winners Sundance Now Summer war crime thriller El Rey Marvel Interview period drama DC streaming service Lionsgate HBO sitcom Syfy Paramount Network Cosplay FXX Holidays Set visit The Arrangement GoT 45 IFC Western finale Netflix PaleyFest MSNBC Sci-Fi Tumblr social media Ghostbusters Dark Horse Comics Horror zombie Rock Starz AMC YA Comedy Central cinemax Super Bowl VH1 dramedy Sony Pictures Music Countdown Action dceu Year in Review Christmas SXSW Showtime A&E singing competition Red Carpet crossover SDCC Infographic Reality Competition Trivia BBC America boxoffice 2016 Paramount History adventure Lucasfilm Logo historical drama E3 DC Comics Thanksgiving NBC dc TIFF Disney Channel