Box Office Mom: Trolls, Doctor Strange

It was a sea of rainbow colored hair as the Trolls took over theaters this weekend. Our Box Office Mom Jackie Solberg saw the new movie along with Doctor Strange and is here with her reviews from a parent's perspective.

Doctor Strange

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

Release Date: November 4, 2016

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 12+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has a good life. He is a well- known and gifted medical doctor. He can fix any brain or spinal injury better than anyone in the world...and he knows it. Strange is a very arrogant and self-centered man. However, Strange's life dramatically changes after a severe car accident. His magical and steady hands will never regain strength to perform his medical miracles. He tries every option available through western medicine and there is no hope. Strange eventually tries something nontraditional, and visits the Ancient One,  a mysterious bald headed woman who claims she can heal him. Before long, Strange must decide if he should leave his former life of fame and fortune behind to live as the most powerful sorcerer known to mankind.

Talking Points:

   •     The film highlights the importance of humility. In the beginning of the film Doctor Strange is very arrogant and selfish, however, he eventually learns humility and realizes that it's not all about himself; it's important to help others. The Ancient One tells Strange to, "Serve something greater than yourself."

   •     Though very violent, there are a lot of funny one liners throughout the film.

Sexual Content: Mild

   •     There is talk of a couple "sleeping together."

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

   •     Characters are impaled, stabbed, buried alive in rubble from falling buildings.

   •     There are numerous fights. Characters punch, kick and brutally beat each other up.

   •     Strange's car crash is very violent. We see his face covered in blood and eyes swollen shut.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

   •     We hear "sh-t," "a--," and "h---."

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Teens Like It? Yes

   •     The theater was filled with teenagers. I interviewed three 17 year old boys who loved the film. They said it was, "funny, suspenseful and entertaining."

Overall this is an entertaining movie, however, parents need to know that there is a lot of violence in the film.

 

Trolls

Rating: 4 and 1/2  out of 5 popcorn buckets

Release Date: November 4, 2016

MPAA Rating: PG

Best Age Group: 5 +

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

"Hug time!!" The trolls love to hug  and these cute, little, colorful creatures love life! The trolls live in a perpetual state of happiness. They sing, they dance and they hug all day long! However, life gets a little complicated for the fun loving little guys when the Bergen's (unhappy goblin-like creatures), discover that can feel happiness if they eat a troll. Now the happy go lucky trolls have their work cut out for them as they try to save their human race from the unhappy creatures.

Talking Points:

   •     Trolls is a positive and upbeat movie. The film highlights the fact that happiness comes from the heart.

Sexual Content: Mild

   •     We see a couple kiss.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Moderate

   •     We see the Bergen's (dwarf-like creatures) grabbing and eating the trolls.

   •     A character shares a story about the death of his grandmother. It's implied that she was eaten by a Bergen.

   •     A Bergen gets set on fire.

   •     We see two trolls' choking another troll.

   •     A hopeless Bergen buries himself alive; wanting to die.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids Like It?  Yes

   •     I interviewed several young kids (ages 3 to 5) who loved the fun music, and the cute little trolls. They also said they were scared at times because of the "scary monsters."

Overall Trolls is a fun entertaining film for kids of all ages!

 

For more of Jackie's movie reviews, please visit www.boxofficemom.com

(© 2016 WZZM)


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