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Family guide to 'Man of Steel,' 'After Earth,' 'Fast & Furious 6' and more

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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:00 am

A guide to movies from a family perspective:


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: 9- or 10-year-olds and up.

What you should know: This is the new action-driven Superman movie, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and, as his biological and adoptive fathers, Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner. It runs 143 minutes and is being shown in regular 2-D or pricier 3-D, which requires that glasses be worn throughout.

Language: A variation of the F-word is used along with a few mild four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: A woman is shown in labor and then gives birth in a discreet scene. Clark Kent is shirtless in a scene or two, and a few kisses are shared.

Violence/scary situations: Pretty much from beginning to end, with widespread death (usually implied, not shown) and destruction, a school bus that plunges into water and temporarily traps children, fires, explosions, imprisonment, helicopter crashes, exchange of gunfire and use of bigger, deadly weapons that put everyone on Earth at risk, physical fights in which blood is drawn, a sea of skulls, and what appears to be the death of a character.

Alcohol and drug use: A scene is set in a bar where adults are drinking.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature high-school students and older.

What you should know: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play former watch salesmen who land internships at Google in a very competitive program. They try to fit in with interns half their age who are far savvier with the tech challenges they are given.

Language: One F-word, a half-dozen uses of profanity, about three dozen uses of other four-letter words, crude slang for "breasts" and a misguided invitation to fist bump.

Sexual situations and nudity: Lap dances with some embarrassing results. A couple spend the night together, off screen.

Violence/scary situations: A fight erupts in a club and other punches are thrown. A Quidditch match produces some dust-ups on the playing field.

Alcohol or drug use: A long night of drinking to excess, including downing tequila shots (and later vomiting in one case), along with other instances of adults consuming beer, bourbon or wine, plus a joke about getting high.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: Four magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) execute bold heists, as the FBI and Interpol try to stay a step ahead of them. Cast also includes Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Common.

Language: Four or five uses of profanity, about a dozen three- or four-letter mild words and the flashing of the middle finger.

Sexual situations and nudity: Talk about an affair and then brief passion between a man and an enthusiastic stranger who is cast aside when something more important comes along.

Violence/scary situations: More than you might expect, including a woman who appears to be trapped in a watery tank with piranhas, extended foot and wild car chases, a fiery explosion and physical tussles.

Alcohol and drug use: Adults drink various alcoholic drinks.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

What you should know: Will Smith and son Jaden Smith star in the story of a father and son who live at least 1,000 years from now. They must re-establish their bond, and the son must face and conquer his fears if they are to survive a catastrophic crash.

Language: Almost none. A stronger version of "darn."

Sexual situations and nudity: None.

Violence/scary situations: Lots, including a violent crash that claims many lives -- some corpses are shown -- and severely injures someone, leaving him bloody, bruised and immobilized. A teen must run from creatures that want to kill him, he suffers a poisonous bite that temporarily blinds him and nearly freezes to death. Dismembered or dead animals are shown. There are flashbacks to a disturbing family death.

Alcohol and drug use: None.


Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and older.

What you should know: This is the sixth in a series of successful action movies with a growing cast that includes Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. This time around, the onetime street racers reunite in London to determine if one of their own -- believed dead -- is alive. They also are tracking an equally adept group of drivers, criminals hellbent on widespread destruction.

Language: One F-word, three or so uses of profanity and at least a dozen other four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: A woman goes into labor, a few kisses are shared and some women are provocatively dressed but nothing very explicit.

Violence and scary situations: Pretty much from beginning to end with car races, chases and crashes, plus spectacular explosions and fires, protracted and brutal physical fights, exchange of gunfire, kidnapping and death threats, acts of betrayal and death of some supporting characters.

Alcohol and drug use: Characters are shown with champagne or beer.


(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service,

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