Box Office Mom: Fun Size & Chasing Mavericks

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Fun Size

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

Release Date: October 26, 2012

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 14+

Sexual Content: Moderate

Violent Content: Mild

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Moderate

Will Kids Like It? Yes

It was going to be a great Halloween for Wren (Victoria Justice) and her best friend April. The two high school seniors were invited to THE party of the year... life was good. However things changed when Wren's mom told her she had to take Albert, her 10 year old brother, out treat-or-treating. Wren's dad had recently passed away, and her mom wasn't handling things well; she was dating a 26 year old party boy. Being the responsible girl that she was, Wren listened to her mom and took Albert out on Halloween night. That's when the adventures began as Wren, her best friend, and her little brother went out trick or treating. Fun Size is a comedic film for teenagers.

Wren was the rock of the family after her father died. Joy (Wren's mom) didn't handle things quite as well; she started dating a 26 party boy, while Wren remained grounded and tried to help the family.
Albert, Wren's younger brother, loved to play pranks on people; something you many not want your kids emulating.
There are some humorous parts to the film, but a lot of odd parts as well. We see a newly widowed mom enjoying her" boy toy" in front of her kids, we see two very quirky lesbian moms giving parental advice, and we see a young boy doing pranks throughout the film, while hiding from his sister.
Sexual Content: Moderate
• There are several sexual references throughout the film.
• Joy's (Wren's mom) boyfriend slept overnight. We see him the next morning walking around in his boxers, while Wren and her little brother are eating breakfast.
• A teenage girl was trying to decide what to be for Halloween, though she said it had to be sexy!!!
• We see suggestive dance moves at a party.
• One boy touches another girls chest at a party. The couple end up sleeping together on the couch. Even though we don't see anything, the next morning she's's implied that they've had a sexual encounter.
• A guy strips and runs down the street naked. We see a blurred guy running down the street.
• A guy at a party asks a group of girls which one would like to make-out, they all raise their does a boy.

Violent Content: Mild
• Two bullies threaten to beat up the two nerdy boys.
• A character accidentally sets an apartment on fire.
• A very large man throws a guy on the floor, and smashes him through a door.
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
• "Sh--," "a--," "h---," "d--n," and "b--ch" are all said a couple of times, even by some adolescents.

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Moderate
• We see teens drinking beer and hard liquor at the Halloween party.
• We see character's drinking Jell-O shots.
• We see another character drinking a bottle of alcohol while getting out of his car.

Will Kids Like It? Yes
Overall this is a movie that teens may enjoy, however parents need to be aware of the teenage drinking and moderate sexual content in the film.

Chasing Mavericks
Rating: 4 out of 5 buckets.

Release Date: October 26, 2012

MPAA Rating: PG

Best Age Group: 12+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild

Will Kids Like It? Yes
Jay Moriarity is a 15 year old California boy living the life of a surfer. When he discovered that one of the biggest waves on Earth was only miles from his Santa Cruz home, he was determined to take on the powerful wave, and surf! However he couldn't do it alone. Frosty (Gerard Butler) a local surfing legend, coached and trained Jay for 12 weeks. Together they embarked upon a wonderful friendship as we saw Jay try to fulfill his dream of surfing the biggest, most powerful wave in the too big for most surfers. Chasing Mavericks is an inspirational, heartwarming true story. 

Frosty was a motivating trainer, friend and even a father figure for Jay. He pushed Jay and gave him the confidence he needed to fulfill his dream. Jay was also a good friend and companion for Frosty; as Frosty had many challenges as well.
Jay had a difficult life, his father left home when he was a young boy. Jay took care of his mother; he did the laundry, woke her up for work and even loaned her money when necessary.
{Spoiler} Parents need to be aware that two of the main characters die, which may be disturbing to some kids.
There are some wonderful lessons in this film, though it has a mature subject matter which centers around the various relationships. This would be a great movie to see with your kids; it will spark some great parent/child conversations regarding the challenges that life may bring, and how to handle them.
Sexual Content: Mild
• We see Jay and his girlfriend passionately kiss.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
• {Spoiler}
Two of the main characters die, this may disturb younger kids. We see one of them lying on the kitchen floor....dead.
• A man attacks Jay's mom, Jay steps in and hits the guy...eventually the police break up the fight.
• Jay and his friend get into a fight with two bullies at a pizza place.
• The surfing scenes are scary as we saw many surfers in the rough waters, not knowing if they're going to survive.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild
• Name calling: "wuss," and "little trash" are said.

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild
• Jay's mom drinks alcohol.
• We see Jay's friend exchange money for's implied that the friend starts taking drugs.

Will Kids Like It?: Yes
Overall Chasing Maverick's is a wonderful heartwarming film. However, parents need to be aware of the mature subject matter that may disturb kids.

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg,


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