Box Office Mom: The Heat & White House Down

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White House Down

Rating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 buckets

Release Date: June 27, 2013

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 11+

Sexual Content: None

Violent Content: Excessive

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild

Will it Appeal to Teenagers? Yes

John Cale (Channing Tatum) is a Capitol policeman in pursuit of his dream job...Secret Service Agent! There was one problem, John didn't do that well in the military or get the best grades in college, so he didn't get the job. After getting rejected, John and his young daughter, Emily, got a tour of the White House. Things started out great, especially since Emily was so enamored with politics and the President, however while on the tour a group of paramilitary invaders bombed the rotunda, killing a lot of innocent people. Now it was up to John to rescue his daughter and save the President from the awful attack. White House Down is an action packed movie one that teenagers will most likely enjoy.

 
John is a great character, he risks his life to help others.
There was an all-star cast, to name a few; Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhall.
Sexual Content: None
Violent Content: Excessive

• Initially we see a terrorist acting as a janitor. He blows up the Capital, killing a lot of innocent people.
• The bad guys are precise in their attack. Scores of guards, soldiers, secret service and civilians die during the attack.
• There are explosions as several building blow up.
• The attacker is cruel and evil. He held a lot of people hostage in the White House. A young girl gets slapped and held at gun point by the terrorist.
• There are brawls amongst innocent people and the attackers.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
• The f-word is said once. We also heard, "d--n," "b--ch," h--l" and "a--."

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild
• We see a character drinking an alcoholic beverage.
Will it Appeal to Teenagers? Yes
Overall White House Down is an action packed film. Depending on the kid, I recommend this film for kids ages 11 and up. However, parents need to be aware of the violent content.

The Heat

Rating: 2 out of 5 buckets

Release Date: June 27, 2013

MPAA Rating: R

Best Age Group: 17+

Sexual Content: Moderate

Violent Content: Moderate

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Excessive

Will it Appeal to Teenagers? Yes
Can two completely opposite woman work together and be friends? Straight laced Yale graduate and FBI agent Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), and crass Boston cop Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) can. Initially the two woman don't get along as they're teamed up to take down a powerful drug lord. However they eventually realize that with Ashburn's brains and secret FBI files, and Mullins street smarts and no nonsense demeanor, that they do need each other to succeed in their mission. The Heat is an R rated comedy with a lot of raunchy rumor and profane language.

Mullins and Ashburn took their jobs very seriously. Mullins even busted her own brother for drug dealing, and put him in jail. She knew he'd be safe there.
Amongst the raunchy rumor and profane language, there were some sentimental parts, as Mullins and Ashburn become good friends.
Sexual Content: Moderate
• We see woman dancing seductively at a night club while wearing low cut, revealing clothes.
• There are a lot sexual comments and references; talk about male and female body parts, oral sex and marital affairs.
• Mullins and Ashburn find a used condom, several comments were made from that as well.

Violent Content: Moderate
• Knives are used a lot in this film. A hit man shows Mullins and Ashburn a set of knives, which he plans to cut them up with. He jabs a knife into Ashburn's leg, then briefly leaves the room. Mullins pulls the knife out of Ashburn's leg, then has to stick it in her leg again when the hit man comes back.
• There are several gun shots, explosions and fights.
• Ashburn tries to save a choking man in a restaurant. Instead of doing CPR, she cuts the man's neck with a knife, then sticks her fingers and a straw into the open wound, hoping to find his larynx. We see blood everywhere...this was a discussing scene.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
• We heard the f-word, "a--," "b--ch," "d--n," "d--k and "h--l," a ton throughout the movie. Almost every other word was a swear word.

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Excessive
• We see characters with marijuana and cocaine.
• Since the film is about bringing down a network of drug dealers, there is a lot of talk about drugs and illegal substances.
• We see Mullins and Ashburn doing shots, drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages while getting very drunk.

Will it Appeal to Teens? Yes
The Heat is a raunchy comedy with two leading funny actresses; however the film is very silly and not that funny. Parents need to be aware of the sexual references and profane language.

Courtesy: Jacie Solberg, www.boxofficemom.com

 

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