Find out if ''Never Been Kissed,'' ''EdTV,'' and more are suitable for your kids

By Lois Alter Mark
Updated April 09, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Parents’ Guide for the latest movies

Never Been Kissed

What it’s about: Geeky journalist Josie (Drew Barrymore) gets a second chance at high school when she masquerades as a student to write a story about contemporary teens.

Will kids want to watch it?:
Yes. It’s Barrymore in a story that teen girls will easily relate to.

MPAA Rating:
PG-13

Sex/Nudity:
A sex-ed lesson using bananas and condoms; some talk about losing one’s virginity

Drugs/Alcohol:
Josie eats hash brownies; students drink at parties and bars.

Violence/Scariness:
The painful emotional torture kids inflict on each other

Objectional words/phrases:
About 15

What’s good about it:
Even when Josie becomes popular, she takes care of the nerds who befriended her.

What’s not so good:
The less-than-innocent relationship between Josie and her teacher

Appropriate ages:
12 and up


EdTV

What it’s about: Regular guy Ed (Matthew McConaughey) becomes the star of a live, round-the-clock TV show that captures his every move.

Will kids want to watch it?:
Yes. EDtv will have them laughing, even though they’ll be laughing at themselves.

MPAA Rating:
PG-13

Sex/Nudity:
A model (Elizabeth Hurley) seduces Ed; a thong-clad woman; discreet masturbation

Drugs/Alcohol:
Ed carries a beer bottle around his neck; TV viewers imbibe.

Violence/Scariness:
A man suffers a fatal heart attack off screen.

Objectional words/phrases:
About 65

What’s good about it:
The reassuring fact that other families have skeletons in their closets too.

What’s not so good:
Many people would rather watch someone else’s life than live their own.

Appropriate ages:
12 and up


The Matrix

What it’s about:
Thanks to the efforts of futuristic rebels, led by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Neo (Keanu Reeves) finds that the world he thought was real is only a computer-generated prison.

Will kids want to watch it?:
Yes. Lures of wild comic-book action and Keanu will get teens to log on to this cyberthriller.

MPAA Rating:
R

Sex/Nudity:
None

Drugs/Alcohol:
In order to see ”the real world” you’ve got to pop a pill.

Violence/Scariness:
Lots of gunplay, explosions, and martial-arts mayhem

Objectional words/phrases:
About 15

What’s good about it:
The notion that humanity can’t be suppressed by machines

What’s not so good:
The only way to prove it is through the use of firearms.

Appropriate ages:
15 and up


The Mod Squad

What it’s about: Reformed criminals Julie (Claire Danes), Pete (Giovanni Ribisi), and Linc (Omar Epps) go undercover and bust a coke deal.

Will kids want to watch it?:
Maybe, thanks to Claire Danes and those Levi’s tie-in ads — but they’ll be disappointed.

MPAA Rating:
R

Sex/Nudity:
Pete has sex with a woman in public; a bare breast

Drugs/Alcohol:
Cocaine is central to the plot; recovering alcoholic Julie falls off the wagon.

Violence/Scariness:
Some fatal shootings

Objectional words/phrases:
About 90

What’s good about it:
Delinquents can redeem themselves.

What’s not so good:
The police, involved in their own illegal activities, do not set a good example for the trio.

Appropriate ages:
15 and up


10 Things I Hate About You

What it’s about: Popular student Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) isn’t allowed to date until her renegade sister, Kat (Julia Stiles), agrees to.

Will kids want to watch it?:
Yes, and you’ll see posters of Kat’s beau (Heath Ledger) hanging on your daughter’s wall.

MPAA Rating:
PG-13

Sex/Nudity:
Talk, talk, talk

Drugs/Alcohol:
A teacher confiscates pot from a student; Kat gets rocked on tequila.

Violence/Scariness:
None

Objectional words/phrases:
About 35

What’s good about it:
Kat and Bianca’s obstetrician dad warns that sex can lead to pregnancy.

What’s not so good:
Kat gets drunk before she’s able to loosen up.

Appropriate ages:
12 and up

The Matrix

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 136 minutes
director
  • The Wachowskis

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