Parents Guide

To assist parents and children in choosing age-appropriate movies, The Salt Lake Tribune presents this parent's movie guide of the sexual content, violence and profane language in current movies. Each category is rated on a scale from 1-to-5, with 1 being the mildest and 5 the most adult-oriented.
S = Sexual content
(including nudity)
V = Violence
(including Chuck Norris's fists)
L = Language
(including crude dialog and drug reference)
Rating = Motion Picture Association of America rating
1.
Release Date: August 10th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:31
Julie Delpy directs and stars in this hilarious and smart comedy, as an artist introducing her oddball family to her boyfriend (Chris Rock). Partly subtitled; 96 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
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no rating
S
V
L
2.
Release Date: July 13th, 2012
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:29
Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza co-directed and stars in this "documentary," expanding on his theory that President Barack Obama is "anti-colonialist." 87 minutes.
Tribune Rating
no rating
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3 stars
S
V
L
3.
Release Date: February 21st, 2014
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:57
Kevin Costner's comeback - as a CIA assassin - is a ludicrous mix of action, family drama and general insanity. 113 minutes. (SDP)
Tribune Rating
1.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
4.
Release Date: January 18th, 2013
Running Time: 1:00
Director Michael Apted catches up with 13 Brits, whom he has interviewed every seven years since age 7, in this fascinating documentary. 144 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
5.
Release Date: July 27th, 2012
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:05
A cat has a double life - as pet to a cop's daughter, and as accomplice to a burglar - in this visually striking but narratively thin animated tale. 70 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
6.
Release Date: July 18th, 2008
Rated G • Running Time: 1:18
Pearl Fryar, a self-taught topiary artist who fought prejudice in his South Carolina neighborhood, is the subject of this inspirational documentary. 78 minutes.
Tribune Rating
no rating
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no rating
S
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7.
Release Date: March 1st, 2013
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:24
This smart, well-argued documentary examines hunger in America, and how poverty and U.S. farm policies play a part in prolonging it. 95 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
8.
Release Date: March 1st, 2013
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:24
This smart, well-argued documentary examines hunger in America, and how poverty and U.S. farm policies play a part in prolonging it. 95 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
no rating
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no rating
S
V
L
9.
Release Date: April 25th, 2008
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:39
Kids in Montana, circa 1968, play detective to find a kidnapped kiddie-show puppet in this uneven family comedy-drama. 102 minutes. (S.P.M.)
Tribune Rating
2 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
10.
Release Date: January 29th, 2010
Running Time: 1:15
Plastic toys — a cowboy, an Indian and a horse — are roommates in this insanely imaginative animated comedy. Subtitled; 75 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
11.
Release Date: July 27th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:30
Alison Klayman's documentary captures the prickly personality and important work of the Chinese artist and activist. Subtitled; 91 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
12.
Release Date: April 28th, 2006
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:52
"Akeelah and the Bee" is a bit of movie prestidigitation that transforms the tried-and-true underdog story into something fresh.
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
13.
Release Date: March 5th, 2010
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:49
This big, brassy and (in 3-D) in your face adaptation misses the charm we know from Lewis Carroll's classic. Johnny Depp stars as The Mad Hatter. 108 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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14.
Release Date: September 26th, 2008
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:52
A 12-year-old girl (Vivien Cardone), in mourning for her dead mom, goes to live with her crotchety grandpa (Peter Coyote) in this sluggish melodrama. 108 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
1 star
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
15.
Release Date: October 11th, 2013
Rated R • Running Time: 1:28
A good girl (Amber Heard) attends a weekend party that's also visited by a stalker, in this exploitative horror thriller. 90 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
1 star
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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16.
Release Date: September 17th, 2010
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:28
Mismatched wolves (voiced by Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere) are relocated to Idaho in this lackluster computer-animated tale. 88 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
1.5 stars
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no rating
S
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17.
Release Date: December 14th, 2007
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:32
Computer animation brings the singing rodents to the modern world, in this occasionally humorous but usually hackneyed kiddie comedy. 90 minutes. (S.P.M.)
Tribune Rating
2 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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18.
Release Date: December 16th, 2011
Rated G • Running Time: 1:27
The best of the franchise (which isn't saying much) has the rodents stranded on a desert island. 87 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
19.
Release Date: December 16th, 2011
Rated G
The third time is, indeed, the charm in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” which isn’t nearly as stinky as the two previous outings of singing siblings Alvin, Simon and Theodore. This...
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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L
20.
Release Date: December 23rd, 2009
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:28
Alvin, Simon and Theodore face high school, and a rival group of Chipettes, in this lame sequel. 88 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
1.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
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