Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: TMNT, The Hundred-Foot Journey and More

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

by | August 8, 2014 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

22%

Rating: PG-13, for sci-fi action violence.

This live-action reboot of the franchise featuring modified, crime-fighting, pizza-eating turtles is a Michael Bay production. That means it’s essentially a Transformers movie, complete with shiny action sequences and destructive battles that place innocent bystanders in peril. The turtles themselves may be cute and cool and wacky in other incarnations but here, the special effects make them odd-looking in an off-putting way. Still, they emerge from the sewers to defend New York City, as is their duty, with the help of Megan Fox as an intrepid TV reporter. The enemy is a giant robot samurai named Shredder who resembles a Japanese Megatron. He’s working with a wealthy, villainous scientist (William Fichtner) who wants to rule the city by releasing a deadly toxin. There are explosions, lots of gunfire and general mayhem as a roaming group of marauders known as the Foot Clan terrorize the city and take hostages. I saw this movie with my son (who’s almost 5) and he was a bit frightened of Shredder, but only briefly.



The Hundred-Foot Journey

67%

Rating: PG, for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality.

Helen Mirren stars as the uptight owner of an elegant restaurant in the south of France. Om Puri plays the boisterous patriarch who moves his family into her quaint village and opens a new Indian restaurant directly across the street — 100 feet away, to be exact. Their competition, and the way they sabotage each other, is petty and cruel but amusing. And eventually — spoiler alert! — their rivalry leads to multicultural understanding. There are a couple of brief instances of violence — one in the beginning, one in the middle — in which vandals attack the Indian family’s restaurants, setting fire to them and even causing a death. But in both cases in director Lasse Hallstrom’s film, these are opportunities for rebuilding and redemption. Fine for kids around 10 and older.



Step Up: All In

42%

Rating: PG-13, for some language and suggestive material.

I’m guessing that the solitary, casually tossed F-bomb is the main reason that this fifth Step Up movie received a PG-13 rating. Otherwise, it’s pretty harmless as it offers one dance battle after another after another. This time, the action takes place at a competition in Las Vegas, with various characters from the previous films assembling and reassembling in different crews. The ultimate prize is a three-year deal performing at Caesars Palace. Maybe some of the dance moves are slightly and briefly risque — the thrusting, the suggestion of some sexual acts — but it all flies by at a dizzying pace. Even the dancers’ night out on the town is chaste. No smoking for these agile, muscular guys and gals, and even the drinking they do consists of a few glasses of celebratory champagne. Totally fine for kids around 8 or 9 and up.

New On DVD:



Divergent

42%

Rating: PG-13, for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality.

This is yet another movie based on a young adult novel set in a dystopian future where teenagers must fight each other for survival. Tweens who have read the book — and anyone familiar with this genre, really — will know what to expect in terms of violent situations and disturbing imagery. Still, because it’s rated PG-13, there’s very little blood to accompany the considerable body counts that accumulates. Shailene Woodley stars as Beatrice — or Tris, as she renames herself — a modest girl who faces the momentous task of deciding which of society’s five factions is the best fit for her. She chooses to join the Dauntless, which means a quick and demanding training regimen of shooting, fighting, throwing knives, climbing great heights and jumping from moving trains. But she also must defend herself against the competing initiates who are trying to take her down. It’s intense, dark stuff with a lengthy running time at two-plus hours.



Need For Speed

23%

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

Aaron Paul’s first major role post-Breaking Bad finds him starring in this zippy, flashy action thriller in which a lot of cars get seriously mangled. Paul plays a small-town drag racer and mechanic who must compete in that tried-and-true one last race to redeem himself and save his family’s shop. It’s a high-stakes road challenge full of exotic sports cars, which inevitably causes some serious crashes. These adrenaline junkies knowingly put themselves in this dangerous situation — and some of them won’t survive — but they also subject untold innocent pedestrians and fellow drivers to their general disregard for human safety. Probably fine for viewers age 10 and up — but kids, don’t try this at home.

Tag Cloud

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