Family Film Guide

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'The Way, Way Back'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and above.

What you should know: This is a terrific coming-of-age dramedy about a 14-year-old forced to spend part of the summer with his mother and her boyfriend at a beach house. The teen comes into his own when he sneaks off to a water park, lands a job and finds sympathetic friends.

Language: One f-word, a dozen or so mild expletives, plus a raised middle finger and an offensive word that is spelled out in a cutesy but unmistakable way.

Sexual situations and nudity: Kisses, ogling of bikini-clad girls and a couple who ask to have the house to themselves for reasons not shown.

Violence/scary situations: Emotional outbursts.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults consume lots of booze, a teenage girl regularly steals her dad's beer, a quickie weed sale and a joke or two about drugs.

'RED 2'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: High school students and older.

What you should know: This action comedy is a sequel to the 2010 movie based on a graphic novel reuniting retired CIA agents. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker reprise their roles, and Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung Hun Lee join the fray. This time, it's about avoiding assassins and keeping a super weapon from detonating and killing millions.

Language: One f-word, a couple of uses of profanity and about a dozen milder four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: A man is shown shirtless, and some kisses are delivered with passion or in the service of a covert mission.

Violence/scary situations: Pretty much from beginning to end, with violence either dramatized or referenced. A car with an occupant explodes, a man is shown in a coffin, gunfire throughout claims many victims, there are car chases and plane and helicopter crashes or explosions, people taken hostage, hard slaps delivered, the injection of some poison, use of a Taser, talk about skinning people alive and bloody faces.

Drug or alcohol use: Adults drink wine, champagne or vodka, and there is talk about LSD.



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