THE BOTTOM LINE: Boris’s murders are not bloody, but quite graphic for a PG-13. The film includes mild sexual innuendo. The dialogue includes occasional midrange profanity and a Viagra joke.
Bernie. For high-schoolers intrigued by character studies and dark comedy, “Bernie” is an offbeat film experience worth having. The film is okay for many middle-schoolers, but its secondary themes dealing with homophobia may be a little too mature for them. Bernie Tiede is a perfectionist as a funeral director, and a comfort to families. He stars in community theater and is everyone’s friend. His life changes, however, when he endears himself to the rich, newly widowed Marjorie Nugent. Marjorie puts Bernie in her will, but also bosses and belittles him mercilessly. One day he snaps and shoots her dead. Bernie confesses, but the townsfolk refuse to believe he did anything wrong.
The bottom line: The murder of Mrs. Nugent by Bernie is not graphic or bloody. The script includes occasional strong language, mild homophobic slurs and corpses.
Battleship. Teens into war movies, action flicks and anything about space aliens will have fun at this. Attracted by a signal sent into space by scientists looking for intelligent life “out there,” the invaders slam into the Pacific during a huge international naval exercise off Hawaii. There’s news of Hong Kong being attacked, and now the action is just off Oahu, with the aliens’ strange-looking ships setting up a force field that isolates several U.S. destroyers. The battle to save Earth engages our present-day fleet vs. the aliens’ scarily destructive and more advanced weapons.
The bottom line:
The film almost never depicts graphic injuries, but it’s clear that some people are killed. The only moments that might be too upsetting for middle-schoolers are in a rehab center where veteran amputees are seen learning to use prosthetic limbs. The film includes occasional strong, partially muffled profanity and mild sexual innuendo. Characters briefly drink, and there’s brief implied nudity.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Several couples, wed and unwed, contemplate parenthood in this star-studded anthology film. High-schoolers, prepped by reality TV, may find the five couples’ travails of passing interest. Jules is a TV weight-loss guru and celebrity dance champion. She’s pregnant by her dance partner. Photographer Holly and her partner are about to adopt, but their finances are shaky. Wendy is a sentimental breast-feeding advocate and kid-lit author. Rosie, a budding food truck chef, has a fling with a rival chef, and her pregnancy throws them together. The “dudes’ group,” a posse of dads who take their babies on power walks, agrees to keep their mistakes within the group.