A parents, guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for language
What it's about: A family of whales stranded under the Alaskan ice becomes an international cause in this tale, "inspired by the true story."
The Kid Attractor Factor: It's a feel-good movie about whales, and a tween boy who sort of narrates it.
Good lessons/bad lessons: People are rarely all-right or all-wrong. Everybody has a soft spot; everybody has an axe to grind.
Violence: Whales face death.
Language: A few mild moments of profanity.
Sex: Relationship stuff is kept in the background.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: Nicely pitched as appropriate for the whole family and kids of all ages.
Rating: PG-13 for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking
What it's about: Three teens acquire superpowers and decide to use them for revenge, boozing it up and chasing girls.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Teens behaving badly on an epic scale.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Emotional problems are just magnified when you gain super powers.
Violence: Quite a bit of it — bullying, child abuse, with lots of blood.
Language: Mild bits of profanity.
Sex: Sexual situations.
Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol is consumed.
Parents' advisory: Some of the language, violence and substance abuse are pretty rough, and the sexual situations are too frank for younger kids. OK for 13 and older.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel