Talking-animal buddy comedy nothing to bark about.
“Show Dogs” is a talking-animal comedy starring Will Arnett as an FBI agent who teams up with Max, a New York City police dog (voiced by Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges), to find smugglers who stole a baby panda. The partners must enter a prestigious dog show in Las Vegas to track down the culprits. There’s some vaguely suggestive humor (about Max’s alpha-male status), scatological (i.e. fart) jokes, and iffy/crude language such as “grow some balls.” Action/tense moments include car chases and other pursuits, an innocent dog being captured, and a villain and a police officer facing off with guns and having a fistfight. But younger viewers will also learn a bit about dog breeds and the importance of friendship and teamwork. (90 minutes)
Fond docu has some images of real-world suffering.
“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” is a documentary directed by Wim Wenders that features explanations from the pontiff about his thinking on several topics, including poverty, the environment and the refugee crisis. While there’s no sex, strong language, or drug use in the film, it does have images of real-world suffering that might upset younger/more sensitive viewers, including some of the Holocaust, very sick children in a hospital and extreme poverty. Although he’s the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis’s statements in the film aren’t dogmatic in a religious sense; in fact, much of what he preaches is tolerance and inclusion — including of other faiths. Some of the pope’s words are translated into English as he speaks, while others are subtitled, making it easier to follow for kids who are old enough to read. (96 minutes)
Nonstop violence, profanity, adult humor in super sequel.
Like the original, “Deadpool 2” is bloody, raunchy, violent and filled with pop-culture references that may go over even some teens’ heads. In other words, it’s targeted specifically at older audiences. Expect tons of extremely graphic violence, much of which is close-up and very gory/gross: There’s torture, decapitation, dismemberment, brutal hand-to-hand combat and much, much more. Sympathetic characters die, and children are abused by authority figures. You’ll hear “f---” in nearly every scene, plus “s---,” “a--hole,” “b----” and a full range of other salty words. Adults also smoke, drink and use drugs, and there are some sexual references, although fewer than in the first film (and there’s no sexual nudity this time around — just glimpses of a bare baby butt and a quick-flash shot of baby genitals, played for humor). Despite all of this, the story does ultimately promote teamwork, collaboration, empathy and believing that people, particularly kids, can change. (119 minutes)
Quirky romcom has strong language, teen drinking, sex.
“The Kissing Booth” is a teen romcom adapted from a popular e-book of the same name written by a 15-year-old. It definitely delivers on the title’s promise: There’s lots of kissing, some brief making out, undressing and implied sex. Main character Elle (Joey King) also appears in bra and underwear several times. It offers a good chance to talk to teens about Noah’s “bad boy” appeal and how violent, controlling behavior is a serious red flag in real life, as well as the wisdom of basing a relationship on the promise of changing. Fighting and bullying violence includes punches, body slams, wedgies and a few bloody injuries. Strong language includes “f---,” “s---,” and “d---.” Teens drink to excess at parties, indulging in multiple shots, kegstands and a relay race that includes chugging beer. Expect plenty of high school stereotypes and an idealized, wealthy, mostly white Los Angeles lifestyle. (105 minutes)
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