The bottom line: A violent hit-and-run fatality takes place near the end of the film and is replayed in flashback and slow-motion. Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair, though the bedroom scenes never show any nudity. Tom Buchanan harbors viciously racist and ignorant conspiracy theories and has a mistress.
Tyler Perry Presents Peeples. A little too full of sexual humor for middle-schoolers, “Peeples” takes a sitcomish look at family dynamics. A cast of A-list comedic actors makes it an entertaining enough escape that many high-schoolers will buy into it. Wade Walker is a gifted but as yet uncredentialed social worker and child psychologist who supports himself by performing at kids’ parties. Wade’s live-in girlfriend, Grace Peeples, adores him but doesn’t feel ready to bring him to a holiday weekend gathering at her family’s palatial Sag Harbor compound. Wade shows up anyway and makes an instant bad impression.
The bottom line: Issues that weave comedically throughout the film include substance abuse and alcoholism, breast enlargement, nudism, gay adults afraid to come out and teenagers pretending to be streetwise. The dialogue includes frequent sexual innuendo and mild sexual slang. A character makes a mildly racist remark.
The Iceman. Grimly realistic violence makes this fact-based story of serial killer and hit man Richard Kuklinski truly for audiences 17 and older. Kuklinski is a New York tough guy, hardened by childhood beatings and devoid of nearly all emotion. At first he dubs porn movies sold by the mafia. Then he catches the eye of gangster Roy Demeo, who sees the way Kuklinski handles pressure and hires him to kill people. When he makes a mistake and Roy cuts him loose, Kuklinski partners with another freelance killer, the ice-cream-truck-driving Mr. Freezy. He keeps his career a secret from his wife and their daughters.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
“The Iceman” contains graphic, bloody violence: point-blank shootings, throat slittings, poisonings and beatings. These scenes are unornamented and all the more intense for how simple they are and how cold Kuklinski appears. We also see him and Mr. Freezy cutting limbs off dead victims. The film includes an explicit marital sexual situation and rare but strong profanity.
Horwitz is a freelance writer.
Read her previous reviews at On Parenting. Michael O’Sullivan contributed to this article.