Movie: The Adventures of Tintin
Plot: A young, European journalist named Tintin (Jamie Bell) teams up with the captain of a freighter (Andy Serkis) to solve the mystery of a ship in a bottle in this animated feature from Steven Spielberg.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Sexual content: Nada.
Substance abuse: The captain has a wee bit of a drinking problem and there is some tobacco use in the film.
Violence: There are fisticuffs, gunplay and even two cranes duking it out.
Recommendation: It’s safe for those 10 and older.
Movie: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Plot: An emotionally distant young woman (Rooney Mara) teams with at disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) to track down a serial killer in Sweden.
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Gore: There are some disturbing photographs that show dismemberment and scenes of murder.
Language: The F-bomb and pretty much any other profanity get a healthy workout.
Sexual content: Some pretty disturbing stuff here. There are three graphic rapes. In the first, a character forces a woman to give him oral sex. In the next that same guy anally rapes that woman. There is nudity in that scene. She gets her revenge by anally raping him by tasering him, binding him and sticking an object in him, a one point kicking it in him. After her revenge is nearly complete, she tattoos his torso. There are also a couple of scenes of non-violent sex.
Substance abuse: There’s alcohol consumed, plenty of tobacco use.
Violence: A man is kidnapped and bound.
Recommendation: Follow the rating on this one.
Movie: War Horse
Plot: A young Irish man enlists in the British Army during World War I so he can track down the horse his family was forced to sell to a British army officer.
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Gore: There are some views of injured soldiers that aren’t very pretty, but that’s about it.
Sexual content: Nada.
Substance abuse: There’s some alcohol and tobacco use.
Violence: It’s all related to the war and despite the fact that you see injured soldiers there’s remarkably bloodless and free from gore.
Recommendation: For those 12 and older.
Movie: We Bought a Zoo
Plot: A widowed father attempts to make a new life for his children by purchasing a small zoo.
Studio: 20thCentury Fox
Sexual content: Nothing.
Substance abuse: Beers are consumed.
Recommendations: Very family friendly.
I am the father of two boys, ages 16 and 7. My recommendations are based on their maturity level. I realize this is subjective and recognize that some parents are stricter and others less so. Please take this into consideration and look at content details under each category.