Can My Kids Watch This Movie? Family Movie Guidance...For Parents.

Our parent movie reviews let you know which new releases to take your kids to and which ones you may want to hold off on.


ElsaAndFred ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewKernel Rating (out of 5): whole-popcorn-kernalwhole-popcorn-kernalhalf-popcorn-kernal

MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 98 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. A love story with two senior citizens at its center, the film includes cursing; lots of family drama involving parents, deceased spouses, and money-grubbing adult children; discussion of previous drug use by adults; some kissing, sexually themed talk, and sexually suggestive scenes.

Often quite charming, 'Elsa & Fred' stars Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer as neighbors falling for each other. Their easy performances carry this movie along, even though the plot ebbs and flows in expected ways.

By Roxana Hadadi

A movie about senior citizens falling in love can go a couple of ways. It can wallow in the depressing side of things, like "Hope Springs," starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, or it can go utterly, unbelievably zany, like "And So It Goes," starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas. The former was almost too realistic; the latter not really at all. The latest in the genre, "Elsa & Fred," falls somewhere in the middle: The performances from Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer are naturalistic and easy, but the plot's ups-and-downs aren't that compelling.


TheTheoryOfEverything ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewKernel Rating (out of 5): whole-popcorn-kernalwhole-popcorn-kernalwhole-popcorn-kernalhalf-popcorn-kernal

MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 123 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film is about the relationship and marriage of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, so there is the depiction of the debilitating effects of Lou Gehrig's disease, some cursing, some kissing, and some sexually themed jokes and content, like an issue of Penthouse magazine (but no portrayal of the nudity inside) and questions regarding a child's paternity.

The strong performances are the best part of 'The Theory of Everything,' which follows the relationship of physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are compelling in the main roles, but the story doesn't provide quite enough backstory or detail about either of them to invest us fully.

By Roxana Hadadi

Eddie Redmayne works his hardest to earn an Academy Award in "The Theory of Everything," and he may very well win it. He dedicates every ounce of energy to believably portraying Stephen Hawking through decades of his life, and the physical effect alone—demonstrating a body ravaged by Lou Gehrig's disease—is staggering. As Hawking's wife Jane, Felicity Jones is equally compelling, bringing resilience and sympathy to the role. So it's not their performances that hurt the film, but a somewhat underwritten plot that fails to provide basic details about their identities and their relationship.


TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1 ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewKernel Rating (out of 5): whole-popcorn-kernalwhole-popcorn-kernalwhole-popcorn-kernalwhole-popcorn-kernalhalf-popcorn-kernal

MPAA Rating: PG-13          Length: 123 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The traumatizing level is ramped up in this first installment of "Mockingjay," with piles of burned corpses and skeletons; characters we care about being tortured and beaten; rebels being executed; and structures being attacked and exploded. There is also the emotional damage done to many main characters, who are clearly struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder; a kiss; a couple of teenagers sleeping in the same bed together but not doing anything sexual; and the mention of forced sexual slavery as a punishment method.

Things in Panem get even more bleak with 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1," the first installment in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's final novel in her phenomenally popular trilogy. In this politically minded thriller, the emotional devastation is undeniable—and the impact is extremely affecting.

By Roxana Hadadi

"Start with what you know is true," Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, of "X-Men: Days of Future Past") mutters to herself after waking up from a nightmare in the beginning of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1," and what is true is this: her partner has been captured by the totalitarian government trying to kill them; her home has been destroyed; she's being manipulated into serving as a propaganda figure; and she can barely survive day to day without getting caught up in her own trauma and pain. There is no sugarcoating anything in "Mockingjay," and the film is better for it.


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