Family reviews: 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' 'Friends With Benefits'

July 22, 2011 

Captain America: The First Avenger

PHOTO CREDIT: JAY MAIDMENT — Jay Maidment

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Captain America: The First Avenger'

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

What it's about: A scrawny, patriotic chap is turned into a supersoldier to battle the Nazis.

The kid attractor factor: It's a comic-book adaptation, a period piece — and it stars the eternally cool Chris Evans, above.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "If you start running (from a fight), they never let you stop."

Violence: Quite a bit, with a smattering of blood

Language: Apparently, there was no cursing during World War II.

Sex: Some pretty serious come-ons from ladies in uniform.

Drugs: None

Parents' advisory: More squeaky-clean than most comic-book adaptations; suitable for all ages.

'Friends With Benefits'

Rating: R for some violent content and brief sexuality

What it's about: A couple of attractive young careerists meet and try to fall into bed without falling in love.

The kid attractor factor: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in a movie from the guy who did Easy A.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Fall in love with your best friend and the falling into bed part works itself out.

Violence: Lots of snowboarder threats, but none carried out

Language: Oodles of profane words profanely performed.

Sex: Don't you know it.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents' advisory: Not for anybody who doesn't know what the title means, or for anybody younger than 16, although it does a good job of deglamorizing Hollywood romances and movie love scenes.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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