Ages 10 and up
Brave (99 min., PG) The second half of this Pixar animation about a medieval Scottish princess becomes violent and intense, with a bear fight and various chases, fisticuffs, swordplay, and dagger use. Children under 10 may well get upset.
The middle ground
People Like Us (115 min., PG-13) A family drama starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Themes about parental abandonment, infidelity, and alcoholism underlie the story. The script contains a lot of midrange profanity, particularly the S-word, occasional nonsexual use of the F-word, mild sexual innuendo, and toilet humor. A precocious child makes a crude jokey remark about child molestation, though no such thing occurs in the movie.
Rock of Ages (123 min., PG-13) This musical featuring ’80s rock songs includes strongly implied sexual situations and subtly implied drug use, so it isn’t great fare for middle schoolers, despite the PG-13 rating. Tom Cruise’s character, Stacee Jaxx, and his scantily clad groupies seem perpetually high in ways that chugging Scotch doesn’t explain. Characters engage in occasional midrange profanity, crude sexual slang, and toilet humor. The heroine (Julianne Hough) sees hookers on the street and later dances in a strip club.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (105 min., R) The title is self-explanatory. Graphic-novel-style special effects dilute the intensity of the mayhem. Still, it is unsettling when a young freed slave endures the whip. Vampires are shown with huge teeth and double-jaws, blackish blood flying when Lincoln battles with them. We see at least two vampires beheaded. Humans have blood-red wounds. Characters occasionally use crude language. The film includes brief, mild sexual innuendo.
Magic Mike (110 min., R) Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer as male strippers: Need we say more? The movie boasts sexual explicitness, near-nudity, strong profanity, and drug use. Beyond all that, there’s the atmosphere of sexual objectification and sex without emotion.
Safety Not Guaranteed (94 min., R) The script uses crude sexual slang and strong profanity, and there are implied but not explicit sexual situations. Characters share a joint. The untimely loss of a parent proves to be a central theme.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (101 min., R) The R reflects strong profanity and crude sexual slang, as well as drug use by people who decide to try heroin or cocaine. One secondary character is shot dead by a hit man he hired to do himself in. One startling scene shows a suicide jumper hitting a windshield. Sexual situations and promiscuity are implied.
Ted (100 min., R) Mark Wahlberg owns the world’s foulest-mouthed teddy bear (voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane). The steaming profanity, drug use, crude sexual language, and graphic sexual behavior (mostly Ted’s) earn the R rating with honors. Throw in deliberately tasteless ethnic and racial jokes, homophobic humor, fat insults, toplessness, and backview nudity. The only thing missing is graphic violence, unless you count torn teddy bear parts.
That’s My Boy (114 min., R) Adam Sandler strikes again, this time playing the world’s worst father, with Andy Samberg as his son. Too sexual, scatological, and profane for under-17s, “That’s My Boy” depicts graphic sexual situations and near-nudity. It exploits taboos such as incest and teacher-student sex, and treats women as vessels for male satisfaction and little else. Characters smoke a bong, and there are other drug references and much booze.
Your Sister’s Sister (90 min., R) A romantic triangle involving Iris (Emily Blunt), her half-sister (Rosemarie DeWitt), and Jack (Mark Duplass). The film includes one awkward and explicit sex scene, though there’s no nudity and everything takes place under the covers. The characters use a lot of profanity and sexually explicit slang. A central theme involves possible single parenthood and nontraditional family structures.
Jane Horwitz, Washington Post Writers Group.