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Family guide to new movie releases

Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service on

Published in Parenting News


Rated R for strong, bloody and disturbing violent content, language throughout, some sexual content and brief graphic nudity.

What it’s about: Two teenage cannibals connect in the 1980s Midwest for a romantic roadtrip that is "Badlands" with flesh-eating.

The kid attractor factor: Teens might be drawn to star Timothée Chalamet, but this is pretty grisly, bloody and mature, not much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: When you find understanding and acceptance in someone else, that is the great love of all.

Violence: Some extreme bloody violence including murder, beating, cannibalism, stabbing, etc.

Language: Swearing throughout

Sex: Some sexual situations/scenes and nudity.

Drugs: Marijuana use

Parents’ advisory: Too mature and bloody for kids. OK for mature teens.




Rated PG-13 for strong language, some war action/violence and smoking.

What it’s about: A true story of friendship and heroism among naval aviators in the Korean War.

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an adult drama, maybe some appeal for kids who are interested in history.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Find something, or someone, worth fighting for. True friendship means true risk.

Violence: War violence including trench warfare, aerial bombings, plane crashes, etc.

Language: Some strong language.

Sex: None

Drugs: Smoking

Parents’ advisory: OK for older kids and teens, but probably too scary for younger kids.


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