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Family guide to new movie releases

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Published in Parenting News


Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence/action.

What it’s about: Set hundreds of years after the events of the last "Planet of the Apes" film, the story follows a young ape, Noa, as he encounters a charismatic ape king, Proximus Caesar, and fights to save his clan.

The kid attractor factor: Kids will be drawn to the spectacle and adventure story.

Good lessons/bad lessons: The world can be much harsher and crueler than you expect. Compassion goes a long way.

Violence: Some bloody and violent sequences of apes battling and fighting, one instance of using a gun.

Language: A few instances of strong language.

Sex: None

Drugs: None

Parents’ advisory: Too violent for young kids but fine for older kids and teens.




No MPA rating

What it’s about: A goofy Los Angeles pool man takes on the case of the corrupt city council member and stumbles into a real estate scandal.

The kid attractor factor: Not much — this comedic L.A. noir is more for adults.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Rely on your friends, but never trust a femme fatale.

Violence: Some mild violence.

Language: Some strong language and swearing.

Sex: One sex scene, no nudity.

Drugs: References to drug use.

Parents’ advisory: Not much appeal for kids, but fine for teens.


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