Family Film Guide: 'Alex Cross'

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'Alex Cross'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature high school students and older.

What you should know: Tyler Perry takes over the role of Alex Cross, previously played by Morgan Freeman. The character, from James Patterson's popular novels, is a homicide detective, psychologist and master profiler who meets his match in a sadistic killer. Cast also includes Ed Burns, Matthew Fox and Jean Reno.

Language: A couple of uses of profanity and about a dozen other mild expletives.

Sexual situations: Couples are shown in bed, and a bedroom scene in which a woman's hands are tied up turns tragic.

Violence/scary situations: Pretty much from beginning to end as people are tortured and killed and, in one particular case, mourned at a funeral and afterward. Characters are shot to death, someone's fingers are cut off, and an explosion proves deadly. Also, a violent car crash and bloody or prolonged fights, with one that ends in a fatal fall.

Alcohol and drug use: An offer of cognac is made by a host, and adults are shown in a bar.

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