Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Need For Speed and Veronica Mars

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

by | March 14, 2014 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:

Need For Speed


Rating: PG-13, for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language.

The exotic sports cars go very, very fast — hence the title — which inevitably leads to some very, very serious crashes. In his first major role post-Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul stars as a small-town drag racer and mechanic who must take part in one last high-stakes competition in order to redeem himself and save his family’s shop. While the drivers put themselves in danger — and some of them don’t make it out alive — they also have a general carelessness for the safety of pedestrians and other motorists who have the misfortune of sharing the road with these idiotic adrenaline junkies. This is probably OK for viewers around age 10 and up.

Veronica Mars


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

You don’t have to have been a fan of the Veronica Mars TV series — or even have seen a single episode — to enjoy the snappy banter and twisty mystery offered here. Kristen Bell returns in the title role as a former girl detective who returns to her secluded beach town of Neptune, Calif., to solve a murder. A pop star is found dead in a bathtub, there’s plenty of language and sexual innuendo and multiple 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 to drop the one, well-placed F-bomb you get with a PG-13 rating. This is probably best for tweens and up.

Tag Cloud

quibi Countdown indie Year in Review natural history binge Acorn TV stoner Turner Classic Movies adventure dc Shudder video on demand golden globes medical drama Avengers Oscars nature Comedy Central CMT documentary The Walking Dead serial killer tv talk independent Pop spy thriller Superheroe TV renewals SXSW ratings NYCC Binge Guide foreign APB FX on Hulu Nickelodeon CNN singing competition Lifetime Christmas movies news casting christmas movies theme song classics CBS Sundance Reality Competition Disney OWN Martial Arts Box Office Sundance Now Brie Larson The Purge Premiere Dates President PBS crossover The Arrangement TNT Tumblr Television Critics Association Calendar 71st Emmy Awards miniseries war 2020 finale elevated horror Cannes Certified Fresh PaleyFest hist Holiday franchise mission: impossible Western unscripted Esquire breaking bad Mary Poppins Returns critics social media Valentine's Day Showtime spider-man Thanksgiving Hallmark Creative Arts Emmys MCU Tomatazos RT History Sundance TV 2018 superhero book zombies Awards parents TCA 2017 Marvel child's play cancelled TV shows American Society of Cinematographers Comics on TV Amazon PlayStation universal monsters BBC Schedule Trivia cinemax ABC Family films 2017 2015 2016 VH1 Awards Tour The Witch San Diego Comic-Con Hulu Starz GoT psychological thriller Super Bowl south america reboot harry potter television anthology Masterpiece Marathons Fantasy indiana jones Food Network Pop TV Nominations Best and Worst strong female leads Classic Film Rocky AMC supernatural Rock Hear Us Out VICE Comic Book screenings Syfy ABC Mary Tyler Moore cops WGN Walt Disney Pictures Superheroes Writers Guild of America robots Rocketman Epix historical drama Teen travel Music 2019 space ghosts hispanic true crime scary movies Toys streaming Winter TV Red Carpet Chernobyl criterion versus concert A24 Reality comiccon Song of Ice and Fire DGA Mindy Kaling ESPN chucky Christmas BBC America adaptation zero dark thirty Watching Series Winners werewolf Grammys FX science fiction cancelled television justice league TruTV TV Land period drama LGBTQ festivals spanish language USA Network History cults die hard Rom-Com Summer Marvel Television Trophy Talk jamie lee curtis DC Universe Peacock TIFF Mystery Trailer slashers reviews Fall TV Star Trek GIFs docudrama crime thriller X-Men Shondaland Bravo emmy awards Biopics what to watch Fox News richard e. Grant BBC One GLAAD Netflix Christmas movies doctor who Cartoon Network YouTube Premium Election transformers E! Adult Swim revenge Infographic diversity Marvel Studios HBO Women's History Month documentaries vampires TCA Awards Arrowverse romantic comedy Cosplay Character Guide YouTube cooking Freeform Television Academy aliens children's TV biography TCM Discovery Channel discovery Disney Channel mutant Disney streaming service Pride Month hollywood Lucasfilm Comedy Hallmark Christmas movies Amazon Prime canceled TV shows Britbox movie composers 007 toy story Columbia Pictures obituary Crunchyroll dragons NBC stop motion RT21 WarnerMedia nbcuniversal stand-up comedy 20th Century Fox blaxploitation TCA Winter 2020 OneApp BET Awards political drama Musical green book HBO Go Emmys a nightmare on elm street Nat Geo blockbuster Set visit Black Mirror game show Video Games Sneak Peek USA Apple TV+ psycho name the review Dark Horse Comics rotten A&E The CW kids award winner TCA MTV cats Film Festival renewed TV shows crime ITV Elton John dceu Ovation game of thrones CW Seed sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt screen actors guild DC streaming service Logo Quiz cancelled dark Musicals witnail Crackle thriller YouTube Red disaster anime BET Vudu sports MSNBC VOD Captain marvel El Rey First Reviews E3 zombie police drama free movies romance mockumentary dramedy Action sag awards spinoff YA Spike 4/20 Disney+ Disney Plus boxoffice directors Sci-Fi Emmy Nominations halloween technology Black History Month Drama Podcast worst cartoon DC Comics Stephen King BAFTA series Interview Mary poppins satire IFC Films Anna Paquin CBS All Access TBS 45 21st Century Fox HBO Max movies based on movie Pirates 24 frames spain Kids & Family Tubi Paramount Opinion rotten movies we love latino Pixar twilight Country animated joker TV talk show Film Academy Awards Family laika asian-american Ellie Kemper best Amazon Studios Lionsgate Animation facebook IFC 72 Emmy Awards Endgame Polls and Games Pet Sematary FXX all-time Spectrum Originals Holidays Turner Amazon Prime Video Tarantino comedies Heroines Extras Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sony Pictures Spring TV video comic Mudbound DirecTV cars cancelled TV series teaser Apple TV Plus New York Comic Con Horror Universal First Look Star Wars Baby Yoda Ghostbusters Photos Warner Bros. Netflix fast and furious Travel Channel Funimation LGBT Paramount Network Disney Plus Apple canceled comics FOX crime drama See It Skip It batman SDCC sequel SundanceTV politics National Geographic Lifetime dogs TLC