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: 1:44
A smart, sweet romance about a writer (Paul Dano) who types up a dream-girl character, who suddenly comes alive (in the form of Zoe Kazan, the film's writer). 104 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
2.
Release Date: August 8th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 2:01
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones delight in this gentle comedy-drama as a couple going to a marriage counselor (Steve Carell). 100 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
1 star
S
V
L
3.
Release Date: June 12th, 2015
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 2:04
Bigger and badder dinosaurs chase Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and others in this beefy sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1993 action classic. 125 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
4.
Release Date: May 29th, 2015
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:47
A rescue pilot (Dwayne Johnson) tries to save his family when quakes decimate Los Angeles and San Francisco in this entertainingly preposterous disaster epic. 114 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
5.
Release Date: May 15th, 2015
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:55
The Barden Bellas are back, fighting to save the choral group and find their sound, in this funny and heartwarming musical. 115 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
6.
Release Date: March 6th, 2015
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:35
The Maysles brothers' classic 1975 documentary, following an eccentric mother and daughter, remains a fascinating document of people being themselves. 95 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
4 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
Now Playing in Theaters
7.
Release Date: February 6th, 2015
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:33
Mr. SquarePants and pals must save Bikini Bottom from destruction in this weird and wacky cartoon movie. 92 minutes. (SDP)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
Out of Theaters
8.
Release Date: January 16th, 2015
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:35
The beloved British bear arrives on the big screen, finding a London family to live with in this sweetly whimsical comedy. 95 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
9.
Release Date: December 19th, 2014
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:37
The franchise's third, and seemingly final, chapter has Larry (Ben Stiller) and the living artifacts going to London. Some humor, but plenty of dry spots. 97 minutes.
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
10.
Release Date: October 17th, 2014
Rated PG • Running Time: 2:17
Animator Isao Takahata's painterly look infuses this gentle drama, based on a Japanese folk tale of a girl growing to be a noblewoman. Subtitled or dubbed; 137 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
11.
Release Date: September 19th, 2014
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:28
This documentary smartly argues the case against America's continued oil addiction, and offers up common-sense solutions. 88 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
12.
Release Date: September 19th, 2014
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:53
James Dashner's dystopian novel, about teens caught in a green land surrounded by a deadly maze, is exciting up until its unsatisfying ending. 113 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
13.
Release Date: September 12th, 2014
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:36
Brian Cox gives a strong performance as legendary soccer manager Sir Matt Busby (Brian Cox), who coaches a boys' team in this inspirational drama. 96 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
14.
Release Date: February 7th, 2014
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:40
Millions of LEGO bricks - led by a hapless construction worker (voice of Chris Pratt) - come together to create one of the funniest family movies in years. 100 minutes. (VH)
Tribune Rating
no rating
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
15.
Release Date: August 17th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:30
U.S. paratroopers deal with death, and their faith, in this handsomely mounted World War II drama. Filmed in Utah. 95 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
16.
Release Date: August 8th, 2012
Rated PG-13 • Running Time: 1:28
Extreme stunts - including flying boats and flipping cars - fill this jaw-dropping documentary, filmed largely in Utah. 85 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
17.
Release Date: May 22nd, 2015
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:43
A sickly girl moves to the coast and encounters another girl who may or may not be real, in this gorgeously animated tale from Japan's Studio Ghibli. Dubbed or subtitled; 103 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
18.
Release Date: November 7th, 2014
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:45
A teen robotics genius befriends his brother's EMT robot, and upgrades it to fighting mode, in this colorful animated take on a Marvel comic title. 108 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
3 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
19.
Release Date: July 2nd, 2014
Rated PG • Running Time: 1:29
Pre-teen pals (Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Reese Hartwig) help a tiny alien who's away from home in this derivative found-footage adventure. 91 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
no rating
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
20.
Release Date: August 10th, 2012
Rated R • Running Time: 1:37
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play political rivals in a comedy that starts out raunchy and ends up toothless. 85 minutes. (SPM)
Tribune Rating
2.5 stars
Avg User Rating
no rating
S
V
L
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