Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance: Spider-Man 2, Plus Three Rotten DVD Releases

We give you what you need to know about the family-friendliness of this week's new releases.

by | May 3, 2014 | Comments

In Theaters This Week:



The Amazing Spider-Man 2

51%

Rating: PG-13, for sequences of sci-fi action/violence.

Well, it’s yet another summer blockbuster about a comic-book character, so this sequel contains all the 3-D, computer-generated action and violence you’d expect. This time, Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man must take on not one, not two, but three villains. Among them is Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who gets zapped by a bunch of electric eels when he falls into a vat at work, then uses his newfound powers to wreak havoc on New York City. (Times Square suffers the majority of his wrath.) Peter also continues to investigate what happened to his parents, which includes a flashback to a harrowing airplane trip. There’s the general threat of massive destruction at all times, as well as intimate moments of peril, including the sight of a little boy dressed in a Spider-Man costume who dares confront the metal beast Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Tiananmen Square-style. Fine for tweens and up ? they’ve seen all this stuff before, anyway.

New On DVD:



The Legend of Hercules

5%

Rating: PG-13, for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality.

I couldn’t even recall what movie this was from the title alone. I actually had to look it up to remind myself of whether I’d actually seen it, that’s how forgettable it was ? and it only came out in theaters a few months ago. But if for some reason you feel the urge to rent The Legend of Hercules, you’re in for a dully derivative 300 rip-off from director Renny Harlin. Hunky Twilight vampire Kellan Lutz stars as the title character, who’s the illegitimate half-son of Zeus. He doesn’t have to endure all 12 quests from Greek mythology, but he does use his considerable brawn in plenty of battles, with various body parts and weaponry flinging their way toward us in converted 3-D. Much of the slick action violence is slowed down and then sped up in the preferred (and overused) technique these days. It all looks so fake, it’s probably harmless for older kids.



Gimme Shelter

29%

Rating: PG-13, for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence and language ? all concerning teens.

Vanessa Hudgens stars as a runaway pregnant teen in this earnest and well-intentioned but clunky melodrama. Following Spring Breakers, the former Disney Channel star continues to distance herself from her good-girl image. She’s unrecognizable as Agnes “Apple” Bailey beneath her shaggy hair, baggy clothes, tattoos and piercings. Apple flees the clutches of her drug-addicted mother (Rosario Dawson) to live with the Wall Street financier father (Brendan Fraser) she’s never met. But Apple’s dirty and desperate mom tracks her down, smacks her several times and, at one point, slices her face with a razor. Apple also considers having an abortion before moving into a home for pregnant teens and young mothers. So there’s a lot of mature stuff here to discuss with your kids ? older ones, only — if you end up renting this movie.



Labor Day

35%

Rating: PG-13, for thematic material, brief violence and sensuality.

This is a soapy romance/thriller/coming of age drama from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy. Despite the character’s age, though, the film’s subject matter is probably too mature for kids and even tweens. Josh Brolin plays an escaped killer who takes Kate Winslet’s single-mom character and her son hostage in their New Hampshire home. He’s a misunderstood fugitive with a heart of gold. She’s a depressed divorcee longing for a man’s touch. While Jason Reitman’s film is unintentionally hilarious, it also has some flashbacks to the murder that landed Brolin’s character in prison and to the traumatic events that destroyed Winslet’s character’s marriage.

Tag Cloud

thriller cancelled television live event Starz Bravo ABC Signature Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt spider-man Family toronto Alien women DC Universe Mary Poppins Returns trophy rotten Marvel Television Tumblr Image Comics finale action-comedy CBS All Access Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Animation high school TIFF Quiz Spring TV psychological thriller war golden globe awards Masterpiece TCA target Rocketman Rom-Com anime HBO 2015 social media free movies revenge japan travel comiccon PBS Travel Channel quibi SDCC blockbusters singing competition YouTube New York Comic Con cinemax Awards Tour black Anna Paquin new star wars movies Summer Reality die hard ratings Mary Tyler Moore olympics TruTV scary movies The Arrangement critic resources archives Martial Arts Ghostbusters medical drama Hear Us Out Paramount leaderboard child's play Valentine's Day Sneak Peek scene in color Schedule Comedy marvel cinematic universe HBO Max rt labs critics edition Marvel Studios Western E! Shudder DirecTV fresh Heroines TLC Arrowverse Emmy Nominations versus theme song award winner RT History Pirates nfl jamie lee curtis superhero sitcom Winners Interview Set visit Black History Month parents spinoff game show lord of the rings gangster dark zero dark thirty reboot Character Guide HBO Go a nightmare on elm street Cartoon Network legend TBS 90s young adult Amazon Studios American Society of Cinematographers binge Television Academy LGBT VICE Women's History Month obituary Fantasy Apple ABC remakes anthology new zealand Opinion breaking bad spanish dexter jurassic park satire The Purge screen actors guild prank children's TV kaiju fast and furious Elton John comic Star Wars Peacock X-Men james bond IFC Films Emmys Britbox TV renewals historical drama Pacific Islander dramedy laika Tarantino BBC One adenture San Diego Comic-Con best adventure sports cancelled TV series Crackle Hallmark news chucky Writers Guild of America razzies Hulu debate south america Photos Spike natural history Mystery Comedy Central Fall TV 72 Emmy Awards documentary Reality Competition canceled 1990s discovery Marvel crime drama 71st Emmy Awards live action Cosplay Music hollywood YA Hollywood Foreign Press Association 79th Golden Globes Awards Year in Review crime thriller composers Ellie Kemper Brie Larson trailers Sony Pictures Pride Month ghosts basketball Calendar Walt Disney Pictures universal monsters TV Land Epix critics what to watch based on movie Comic Book comedies First Look new york mutant Wes Anderson SXSW period drama NBC football 2020 heist movie disaster Action green book Holiday criterion FOX 99% posters Lucasfilm BET king arthur festival batman The Walt Disney Company Baby Yoda robots MTV slashers Paramount Network king kong worst cartoon Mary poppins royal family OWN Binge Guide Disney Channel hidden camera Mudbound Ovation ABC Family Super Bowl 21st Century Fox Turner Classic Movies Best and Worst nature NBA cults unscripted 73rd Emmy Awards crossover Amazon Prime Video Sundance CBS AMC Plus television Kids & Family Endgame police drama dreamworks Horror telelvision kids Netflix Mindy Kaling strong female leads indiana jones Pixar Classic Film 20th Century Fox MSNBC BBC America History animated art house WarnerMedia vampires TNT zombie Thanksgiving blockbuster Pet Sematary talk show Nat Geo Lionsgate comic book movie 4/20 supernatural Chernobyl docudrama CNN CW Seed wonder woman Syfy El Rey DGA President classics ViacomCBS VH1 Funimation political drama Song of Ice and Fire biography true crime MCU hispanic DC streaming service stop motion GoT OneApp asian-american Awards Captain marvel sequels mockumentary tv talk 2016 Marathons Nickelodeon halloween tv Hallmark Christmas movies Film Festival foreign Drama Superheroe indie vs. Election Crunchyroll IMDb TV Stephen King ID TV movies reviews spain Amazon Neflix cops cancelled TV shows slasher GIFs series 45 sequel emmy awards japanese Fox Searchlight richard e. Grant hispanic heritage month Discovery Channel mcc video Musicals USA Network Video Games dogs crime Creative Arts Emmys joker Academy Awards independent IFC comic book movies Paramount Plus spanish language hist Rocky Spectrum Originals stand-up comedy kong Avengers Trailer Country aapi Tubi The Walking Dead 93rd Oscars justice league Winter TV A&E screenings The Witch Rock casting spider-verse Showtime golden globes Disney Shondaland international Esquire Trophy Talk godzilla First Reviews scary streaming movies book video on demand canceled TV shows films Watching Series AMC cooking rom-coms boxing sag awards witnail ESPN biopic Universal Apple TV Plus See It Skip It spy thriller genre australia TCM PlayStation Adult Swim Infographic space Turner dragons Grammys LGBTQ Broadway facebook mission: impossible adaptation E3 TCA Winter 2020 Box Office cars The CW 007 serial killer TV One Lifetime Dark Horse Comics 24 frames USA french christmas movies Fargo all-time A24 feel good Tokyo Olympics festivals HFPA Christmas dceu twilight Disney streaming service concert psycho science fiction sopranos TCA Awards Lifetime Christmas movies suspense popular Comics on TV miniseries Oscars Red Carpet cats Freeform NYCC mob Vudu BBC RT21 Food Network Biopics FX on Hulu aliens Musical Disney+ Disney Plus stoner Fox News Apple TV+ Sci-Fi Exclusive Video Superheroes Extras Podcast Trivia 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards romance WGN transformers Holidays Pop TV YouTube Premium Teen rt archives APB Sundance TV cancelled documentaries venice ITV Countdown Pop Warner Bros. franchise Tags: Comedy directors diversity SundanceTV Instagram Live Amazon Prime scorecard movie Polls and Games saw TCA 2017 BET Awards know your critic Toys docuseries The Academy Comic-Con@Home 2021 movies blaxploitation book adaptation Netflix Christmas movies doctor who latino Logo Sundance Now game of thrones italian Certified Fresh VOD politics toy story TV 2021 Black Mirror FXX harry potter worst movies renewed TV shows FX PaleyFest National Geographic technology 2017 dc Tomatazos CMT GLAAD YouTube Red pirates of the caribbean Legendary teaser Acorn TV marvel comics zombies nbcuniversal Star Trek Columbia Pictures name the review Universal Pictures deadpool superman rt labs 2018 Nominations Cannes Prime Video romantic comedy werewolf comic books monster movies halloween boxoffice rotten movies we love Film streaming 2019 Television Critics Association Premiere Dates black comedy elevated horror Disney Plus BAFTA comics DC Comics