Family Film Guide: 'When the Game Stand Tall' and 'If I Stay'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:

‘When the Game Stands Tall’ 

Rated: PG. 

Suitable for: 9- or 10-year-olds and up. 

What you should know: This was inspired by a real football team at a California all-boys’ Catholic school with a 151-game winning streak. The movie, starring Jim Caviezel as the coach, dramatizes what happened after the streak ended, the coach had a heart attack and a graduate was shot and killed. 

Language: Limited to a single profanity. 

Sexual situations and nudity: A few kisses between a man and wife and some jokes about a teenage boy and his girlfriend before the boy volunteers he has taken a purity pledge.

Violence/scary situations: You hear a gun discharging as a teenage boy is shot and killed, and you see some of his funeral. A player’s mother is gravely ill. The coach suffers a heart attack. An overbearing father pushes and browbeats his athlete son.

Alcohol or drug use: One scene has a brief backdrop of a party, but it’s unclear what the young guests are drinking. 

‘If I Stay’ 

Rated: PG-13. 

Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

What you should know: This is based on the Gayle Forman novel about a girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, hovering between life and death after her family is involved in a terrible car accident. 

Language: About a dozen mild four-letter words.

Sexual situations and nudity: Kisses, plus a shot of a young couple in bed.  

Violence/scary situations: The car accident is fatal for some, and there is talk about family members who died, and Ms. Moretz’s character is in a coma.  

Alcohol or drug use:  Champagne, wine, beer and shots are drunk, including by an underage drinker in one scene. 


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