The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:
“The Fault in Our Stars”
Suitable for: Teens and older.
What you should know: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star in a movie based on John Green’s popular novel of the same name. It’s about two teens, Hazel and Gus, grappling with cancer who fall in love and try to live to the fullest despite the prospect of early death. The movie was shot in Pittsburgh, which doubles for Indianapolis on screen, and Amsterdam.
Language: One f-word, one or two uses of profanity and a half-dozen milder words.
Sexual situations and nudity: Teens kiss and you see one couple in bed as they prepare to spend the night together. A young woman is naked from the waist up, but shown only briefly from behind, and a young man is shirtless. There is also talk about virginity along with a joke about herpes.
Violence/scary situations: A young man is losing his eyesight to cancer, an adult survived testicular cancer, Hazel had thyroid cancer with a satellite colony in her lungs, and Gus lost part of a leg to osteosarcoma. There is also mention of a child who died of leukemia. A main character dies and a funeral is dramatized. Characters talk, briefly, about what may happen after someone else dies. Patients are shown being rushed to the hospital in pain or in bed there.
Drug or alcohol use: Teens are treated to champagne overseas, and an adult character drowns his sorrow and anger in Scotch.
“Edge of Tomorrow”
Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.
What you should know: Tom Cruise stars in this sci-fi action picture as a military PR man who is sent to the front lines of a battle against alien attackers and killed in short order. But, in “Groundhog Day” fashion, he relives the day and tries to learn something with each encounter so that he can defeat the aliens, here called Mimics.
Language: One f-word, three uses of profanity and about a dozen or fewer milder words.
Sexual situations and nudity: A soldier’s bare butt is briefly shown. A couple share a kiss. A joke is made about a man bedding two women at once.
Violence/scary situations: Lots, from beginning to end, with the world losing to aliens, an invasion that turns into a slaughter, planes that are on fire and characters who are shown dying at alien or human hands.
Drug or alcohol use: Nothing notable.