Family guide to new movie releases

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

Rating: PG for mild action, rude humor and some language

what it’s about: A crew of pirates and their unsuccessful captain try to change their luck and win the “Pirate of the Year” award from their peers.

The kid attractor factor: Pirates, animated by the stop-motion (clay-model) animated team that gave us “Wallace & Gromit.”

good lessons/ bad lessons: “We’ve all done stupid things to impress girls.”

Violence: Animated sword-fighting, squished-by-whale gags, etc.

Language: A little profanity.

Sex: None. well, clay-model cleavage.

Drugs: Rum is discussed, of course.

Parents’ advisory: A bit chatty and heavy on historical puns and plot for the very young, but tame enough for all ages.

Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality and violence

what it’s about: A soldier falls in love with a woman whose photo saved his life in combat.

The kid attractor factor: Zac Efron and cute dogs in a film of a Nicholas Sparks romance novel.

good lessons/ bad lessons: “The smallest thing can change your life.”

Violence: Pretty realistic combat.

Language: More profanity than you’re used to in a Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

Sex: Fairly explicit.

Parents’ advisory: Not as chaste and squeaky clean at “The last Song” or “Dear John,” but OK for 13-and-up.

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Family guide to new movie releases


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