Family reviews: 'Tower Heist,' 'In Time'

November 3, 2011 

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Tower Heist'

Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content

What it's about: Employees of a pricey apartment building lose their money to a Wall Street swindler-tenant there and seek revenge.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Family picture heroes Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in less kid-friendly roles

Good lessons/bad lessons: Yes, there is class warfare. And the rich started it.

Violence: Gunfire, threats

Language: Profanity in mass quantities, played for laughs.

Sex: An innuendo, quite crude

Drugs and alcohol: A little alcohol

Parents' advisory: The language should give pause to any parent of preteens. Suitable for 13 and older.

'In Time'

Rating: PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language

What it's about: In the future, time is currency, so the rich live forever and the poor die at 25.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, science fiction

Good lessons/bad lessons: Time is more valuable than money, so don't waste it.

Violence: Shootings, beatings, car crashes, blood

Language: Some profanity

Sex: None, despite the shockingly short hemlines of the future

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol, and lots of it

Parents' advisory: Entry-level sci-fi, it's still a bit rough for 12-and-unders. Take the PG-13 seriously.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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