Family Film Guide: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Tweens and up.

What you should know: Chris Evans returns as Captain America and reunites with franchise characters once again played by Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. New characters portrayed by Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford and others are introduced. Big questions are posed about the price of security and freedom, controlled but deadly chaos, loyalty, longtime friendships, privacy, mind control and what soldiers bring back from war and what is taken from them. Movie runs roughly 135 minutes and is in 2-D and pricier 3-D.

Language: Relatively mild, with a dozen or so stronger versions of darn and heck.

Sexual situations and nudity: A kiss or two.

Violence/scary situations: Pirates hijack a vessel, take hostages and issue threats. There are extended fights throughout, with punches, slaps, kicks, knives, shields, Tasers and other weapons used. Gunfire is sprayed in several scenes, and people are injured or, in some cases, killed. Lots of mayhem involving cars and planes. A wounded man undergoes surgery and is declared dead. Another is shown badly burned. Add many massive explosions, fires and collapsed buildings. A man is kicked off a roof to his apparent death, and a painful mind-control device is clamped on someone's head.

Drug or alcohol use: Champagne briefly sipped during a short-lived celebration.


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