Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Parents' Guide to Movies

Posted on

Parents’ Guide to Movies

DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO (R)
IN A NUTSHELL To earn some quick money, fish tank cleaner Deuce (Rob Schneider) decides to try his hand — not to mention other body parts — at male prostitution.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT? Sadly, yes. It’s exec-produced by kid idol Adam Sandler, whose spirit pervades.
SEX/NUDITY Endless sex talk and suggestive situations; three scenes feature bare male behinds.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Some social imbibing
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS Deuce uses a prosthetic leg to defend himself against his sword-wielding employer.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES Lots (and lots) of profanity; offensive Tourette’s syndrome gags
THE VERDICT Do you really want your kids exposed to a film about a ”he-bitch” servicing his ”she-johns”?
APPROPRIATE AGES 16 and up

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (R)
IN A NUTSHELL Mysterious Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) assumes the identity of his new friend Dickie (Jude Law), who’s richer, better-looking, and living la dolce vita in 1950s Italy.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT? Teens will, what with heartthrobs Damon, Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow starring.
SEX/NUDITY A quick glimpse of a totally nude Law emerging from the bath; Tom spies on Dickie and his girlfriend (Paltrow) having sex off screen.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Drinking is a major activity.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS A woman is found dead on the waterfront; a series of unexpected, bloody outbursts.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES A few choice words
THE VERDICT Believe it or not, someone literally gets away with murder, diluting any type of ”Be yourself” message.
APPROPRIATE AGES 15 and up

ANNA AND THE KING (PG-13)
IN A NUTSHELL The king of Siam (Chow Yun-Fat) gets quite an education himself when he hires a willful Englishwoman (Jodie Foster) to become the schoolteacher for his royal children.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT? This 19th-century love story will charm older girls even without music or animation.
SEX/NUDITY None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Soldiers share a toast; guests raise their glasses at a palace celebration.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS People are hanged; soldiers are killed; lovers are beaten and beheaded.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES None
THE VERDICT The movie beautifully depicts how very different people can get along; Anna is a strong role model for female viewers.
APPROPRIATE AGES 12 and up

SCREAM 3 (R)
IN A NUTSHELL Hollywood is out to make a killing with Stab 3, based on the small-town murders, but a masked slasher is intent on stopping the production — and its cast — permanently.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT? Yes, they’ll want to see how it all ends in this final chapter of the Scream trilogy.
SEX/NUDITY The shadowy outline of a woman in a steamy shower
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Cast members enjoy champagne.
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS Stabbings, throat slittings, shootings
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES The language is as raw as the carnage.
THE VERDICT This choppy horror flick is little more than the B movie the first two Screams so cleverly parodied.
APPROPRIATE AGES 15 and up

GUN SHY (R)
IN A NUTSHELL Stressed from a sting operation gone bad, undercover cop Charlie (Liam Neeson) joins a support group, undergoes therapy, and turns to nurse Judy (Sandra Bullock) for help.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT? No. Despite Bullock, teens might rent the video only if there’s nothing else left.
SEX/NUDITY A couple of scantily clad women
DRUGS/ALCOHOL Some drinking and prescription-pill popping
VIOLENCE/SCARINESS Lots of shooting, including the mutilation of a man’s genitals
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES Four-letter words fly fast and furious.
THE VERDICT Everyone in the movie comes across as an idiot, making it impossible to distinguish the good guys from the bad.
APPROPRIATE AGES 15 and up

Comments