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