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Family guide to new movie releases

Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service on

Published in Parenting News


Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language.

What it’s about: The sequel to the epic "Dune" follows Paul Atreides on Arrakis as he becomes one with the Fremen and accepts his destiny.

The kid attractor factor: Older kids and teens will be drawn to the big sci-fi spectacle.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Choices must always be made, whether it's what you want to do or not.

Violence: Fighting and violence throughout. Explosions, bombing, artillery warfare, shooting, knife fights. Nothing too gory.

Language: Some strong language.

Sex: Allusions to sex, no nudity.

Drugs: Just the hallucinogenic spice.

Parents’ advisory: This is fine for older kids and teens who love heavy-duty sci-fi.




Rated R for some language and sexual content.

What it’s about: A young immigrant from El Salvador, with dreams of becoming a toy designer, finds himself in a complicated relationship with an art critic.

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an indie comedy, not much appeal for kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It's OK to become the problem sometimes.

Violence: Just emotional violence.

Language: Language throughout.

Sex: References to sex and sex work.

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: This is a bit emotionally complex and mature for kids. But nothing too objectionable in terms of material.


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