Movie: Puss in Boots
Plot: Puss and his bro’, Humpty Dumpty, go in search of the Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs.
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Gore: Does Humpty Dumpty fall and crack up? There’s plenty of potential for a gory mess there, but alas and alack nothing happens.
Language: It’s a kid flick. Any language issues come in the form of double entendres that fly right over the wee ones’ heads.
Sexual content: See above.
Substance abuse: Puss has a definite addiction to milk that manifests itself throughout the flick.
Violence: The cuddly kitty with the soulful eyes knows how to wield a sword.
Recommendation: If they’ve seen the Shrek flicks, they can see this one.
Plot: The central story revolves around authorship of William Shakespeare’s works, but because it’s set in the Elizabethean Age, the screenwriter really can’t get buy without some royal manipulation, backstabbing and infedelity.
Gore: There is a stabbing with plenty of blood.
Language: Even if they were swearing, you wouldn’t really know it unless you spoke their particular version of English.
Sexual content: A little adult play here, a little there. None with nudity, but some of it does involve adultery.
Substance abuse: The wine flows.
Violence: Punches are thrown, swords are drawn, some blood flows.
Recommendation: I can’t imagine too many teens wanting to check this one out, but save it for those 13 and older.
Movie: The Rum Diary
Plot: A failed journalist flees to Puerto Rico in the early 1960s to try to ply his trade. Instead he finds the same inadequacies of mainland America poisoning paradise.
Gore: Not much of that, unless you want to count the cockfights. That would be fights between male chickens, thank you.
Language: The F-bomb. The S-bomb. A little direspect for god in some language. You get it.
Sexual content: A couple doesn the vertical happy dance on the side of a boat in the ocean. The woman in that situation enjoys the company of another character eventually. There’s a touch of nudity.
Substance abuse: See the title of the movie. Ummm…yeah…It’s like THAT. The rum flows like water in this flick.
Violence: A cop is burned by booze set afire. There are a few fistfights and gunfights.
Recommendation: Save it for those 16 and older.
Movie: Take Shelter
Plot: A husband and father starts to see apocalyptic visions and begins to prepare his family for the worst despite the fact that their small Ohio town thinks he’s losing his grip on reality.
Studio: Sony Classics
Language: The F-bomb gets a frequent workout.
Sexual content: None.
Substance abuse: A few beers are consumed.
Violence: There’s a minor fistfight.
Recommendation: It’s a deep film that no teen will want to see, but only those 16 and older should see it anyway.
I am the father of two boys, ages 17 and 7. My recommendations are based on their maturity level. I realize this is subjective and recognize that some parents are stricter and others less so. Please take this into consideration and look at content details under each category.