Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in "Stuber." 

Family guide to new movie releases


Rated R for violence and language throughout, some sexual references and brief graphic nudity.

What it’s about: An off-duty cop picks up an Uber driver and presses him into duty while chasing down a drug lord.

The kid attractor factor: Teens will be drawn to the action comedy genre and humor.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Bad: Off-duty cops can torture and kill civilians in the line of duty. Being a “man” means being violent. Good: One can be sensitive and expressive as a man in ways that can help all relationships.

Violence: Lots of extreme violence from the get-go: shooting, martial arts fighting, stabbing, torture, explosions, you name it.

Language: Swearing throughout.

Sexuality: References to sex and sexuality (often crude) and a scene in a male strip club that features graphic nudity.

Drugs: References to drug trafficking and drugs seen on screen.

Parents advisory: This profane and violent flick is for mature teens only.

‘The Art of Self-Defense’

Rated R for violence, sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

What it’s about: A mugging victim takes up classes at a local karate school and discovers the dark secrets of his sensei.

The kid attractor factor: This indie dark comedy doesn’t hold a ton of appeal for the younger crowd. Maybe some cinephile teens.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Touch the void of rage within yourself, but don’t go all the way.

Violence: Extreme violence including shooting, martial arts, mugging, several killings and attacks.

Language: Some strong language.

Sexuality: References to sex and images of graphic nudity.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: This dark comedy plays more like a horror film about masculinity. OK for teens if they’re interested.

— Katie Walsh

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