Family Film Guide

December 25, 2013 12:00 AM

The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Rated: PG.

Suitable for: Children 8 or 9 and up.

What you should know: Ben Stiller stars as a longtime employee of Life magazine whose adventures come courtesy of daydreams until he must embark on an intrepid mission to find a missing film negative needed for the final cover of the print version of the publication.

Language: One use of "Jesus," one s-word and a couple of stronger versions of heck.

Sexual situations and nudity: Limited to kissing although there's a reference to a strip club.

Violence/scary situations: Scattered throughout, some real and some fantasy with job losses, fights, shoving matches, broken glass, brawlers ejected from a building into a truck below, a leap from a chopper into open water where a shark lurks and a bike rider who bangs into a street sign and falls off. No one is ever seriously hurt.

Drug or alcohol use: A bar where patrons are drinking boot-size glasses of beer. One of them then gets behind the controls of a helicopter after drinking.

'Grudge Match'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Teens and above.

What you should know: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro play retired Pittsburgh fighters (although it was filmed in New Orleans) who are lured back into the ring 30 years after their last meeting. In the early 1980s, each won a bout but a woman, played by Kim Basinger, came between them.

Language: Salty throughout, with some profanity and a stream of milder expletives.

Sexual situations and nudity: Jokes or references to sex, a long-ago unplanned pregnancy and a couple interrupted while getting busy in the back seat of a car. Adults attempt to give a boy's nickname of B.J. a family-friendly spin.

Violence/scary situations: More than just pride proves to be at stake in the rubber match between with the pair, with one of the fighters concealing a disability. Lots of cuts, bruises and blows in the ring and a near-mishap with a child attempting to take the wheel of a car.

Drug or alcohol use: Drinks, sometimes many, in bars.

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and above.

What you should know: Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in a movie based on the late South African leader's autobiography. Naomie Harris plays Winnie Mandela, his second wife who was punished, tortured and banished while her husband was imprisoned. The movie runs about 140 minutes.

Language: Perhaps two uses of the s-word.

Sexual situations and nudity: Lusty kissing and bedroom scenes, all within the boundaries of its PG-13 rating.

Violence/scary situations: In addition to the imprisonment of Mandela for 27 years, the movie depicts explosions, indiscriminate firing into crowds which kills many people, physical torture or torment including kicking, slapping, banishment, separation from family and abuse behind bars.

Drug or alcohol use: Scenes with drinks.