Box Office Mom: I'm Not Ashamed, Boo! A Madea Halloween

Our Box Office Mom Jackie Solberg saw "I'm Not Ashamed" and the new Madea Halloween movie. She's here with her reviews from a parent's perspective.

Boo! A Madea Halloween

Rating: 2 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets

Release Date: October 21, 2016

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 13+

Sexual Content: Moderate

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

Teenagers can be tough at times, especially the ones with an attitude. Tiffany, a 17 year old girl, is definitely a spunky one . She doesn't listen or respect her dad, Brian (Tyler Perry). Halloween night Brian has to go out of town and he wants Tiffany to stay at her moms. Of course Tiffany objects and insists that she stay home with a friend.  Brian gives in, but calls his Aunt Madea (Tyler Perry) to stay with her. When Madea arrives she brings her friends: an aunt that smokes marijuana, her goofy brother Joe (Tyler Perry), and a woman who you can barely understand due to her speech impediment. Now the fun begins as Madea tries to handle the ghosts and goblins of Halloween, but even more challenging... a defiant teenage girl.

Sexual Content: Moderate

   •     The teenage girls wear low revealing shirts (showing cleavage) and crop tops. One girl wears a thong over her leggings and dances very seductively.

   •     A couple of frat boys take two girls into private bedrooms, hoping for a sexual relationship, but when the boys find out the girls are 17 years old they kick them out of the party.

   •     Madea shows her breasts to some frat boys (her shirt hides them from the camera) and encourages the boys to touch them.

   •     There are sexual references regarding masturbation, prostitution, oral and group sex.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

   •     Madea punches people in the face.

   •     A body is found in the frat house and it's throat is sliced open with blood dripping down the front.

   •     There's a creepy and scary Halloween influence throughout the film.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

   •     We hear "sh-t," "h--l," "d--n, "b--ch," and  "a--" throughout the film.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

   •     Characters smoke cigarettes and marijuana at home and at parties.

   •     We see teenagers drinking at a party.

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

   •     The theater was filled with pre-teens and teens. They were laughing throughout the film.

Overall, Boo! A Madea Halloween, this is a fun and entertaining film. Having said that, parents need to be aware of the sexual content and crude humor.

 

I'm Not Ashamed

Rating:  3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets

Release Date: October 21, 2016

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 13+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

On the morning of April 20, 1999 Rachel Joy Scott was killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Colorado’s Columbine High School. Rachel was a typical teenage girl with typical teenage girl problems; drama with friends,  young love, and obeying her parents. Rachel grew up in a religious household knowing God’s love, though she struggled with her faith at times. However, after a difficult breakup with her boyfriend she finds inspiration from a homeless teenage boy whom she had previously befriended. Rachel eventually surrenders her life to God and radiates with peace and love in school and at home. Im Not Ashamed tells the story of Rachel Joy Scott, a narrative informed by her daily journal entries. This is an amazing true story showing Rachel’s courage and bravery as she becomes and inspiration to millions of people throughout the world.

Talking Points:

   •     I'm Not Ashamed is a film that will spark some great parent/child conversations. Rachel's faith inspires her to treat people with compassion and respect, even when they're not nice to her. She changes a homeless boys life and a troubled teenage girl.

Sexual Content: Mild

   •     We see a teenage couple kiss. We also see another teenage couple making out on a bed at a high school party

   •     Rachel tells Alex (the boy she likes) that she wants to take their relationship to the next level. He thinks she means sexually,  but she means more of a commitment. He kisses her and tries to take off her shirt, but she pushes him away.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

   •     We see Rachel contemplating suicide as she walks on a narrow ledge on top of a high rise building.

   •     It's creepy seeing Harris and Klebold planning their attack. Initially, we see them bullied by the school's football team. On the first day of school several of the players pour baby oil on the floor and slide Harris down the hall and into a wall. The players call it "dork bowling." This bullying led to Harris and Klebold's brutal attack.

   •     Harris Klebold play violent video games; another influence that triggers their attack.

   •     As the villains are building their bombs we see how excited they are to blow up the school.

   •     We see Rachel being shot outside the school and Harris asks her, "Do you still believe in God?"  Rachel responds, "You know I do," then Harris puts a gun to her head and says, "Then go be with him."

   •     At the end of the film we see the students mourning Rachel's loss as they put flowers on her car. This was a very sad scene.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

   •     The bullies call a mentally disabled student, "retard," and "freak."

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

   •     We see high school parties with kids' drinking beer and hard liquor.

   •     Rachel's friends are drunk in one scene. We see her drinking as well

   •     Teenagers are shown smoking throughout the film.

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall this is an extremely sad but inspirational film that will spark some great parent/child conversations. Parents need to be aware of the disturbing and violent content

For more of Jackie's reviews: www.boxofficemom.com

(© 2016 WZZM)


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