Family reviews: 'Thor,' 'Jumping the Broom'

May 6, 2011 

A parents' guide to select new movies:


Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence

What it's about: A headstrong young deity is cast out, with his hammer, after irking his father, Odin.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's a comic-book adaptation, and it's summer.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Cast aside vanity, temper and ego, and serve humanity, and you get to keep the hammer.

Violence: Hammerings and impalings, without blood

Language: Profanity-free

Sex: None, even with Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings on board

Drugs and alcohol: A few too many boilermakers are served.

Parents' advisory: Light on message, heavy on action, this is suitable for 8 and older despite the PG-13 tag.

'Jumping the Broom'

Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content

What it's about: Two African-American families from different social classes gather on Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A large and varied cast of funny people acting out wacky family goings-on.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Loving the person you're going to marry is no guarantee that you'll love their family and that they'll love yours.

Violence: Some slapping, a punch or two

Language: Quite clean

Sex: Discussed, barely avoided

Drugs and alcohol: Cocktails and beer

Parents' advisory: More family-friendly than the films of Tyler Perry, which it compares to and imitates. Younger kids will be bored — just as in a real wedding. OK for 10 and older.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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