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Box Office Mom: Grudge Match & Walter Mitty

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Grudge Match

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

Release Date: December 25, 2013

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 13+

Sexual Content: Moderate

Violent Content: Moderate

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

Drugs and Alcohol: Moderate

Will It Appeal to Kids? No

 

In the day, Henry "Razor" Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (Robert De Niro) were two of the biggest fighters in the Pittsburgh boxing world. They had it all; fame, glory and the fierce competition to fight.  However in 1983, just before the championship match, Kid announced his retirement. So who really was the champ?  No one knew, until 30 years later when they were lured by boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart) to fight once again and regain their fame to world once again. Grudge Match is a sports comedy, one that may not appeal to kids or teenagers.

 

Talking Points:

 

  • There are some messages about the negativity of holding a grudge and not moving past old regrets.
  • The film may seem appealing to some kids, after all Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is fighting once again, however the storyline of two old men boxing will not interest most kids.
  • Kevin Hart who plays Dante Slate Jr., the boxer's promoter, is funny and a great asset to the film.

 

Sexual Content: Moderate

 

  • There are numerous sexual references made throughout the film, to name a few; conversations regarding body parts, sex toys and homosexuals.
  • There are jokes about BJ's name ( a main character in the film). When Kid's 8 year old    grandson wonders about the jokes, his grandpa says he was named after "Butterscotch Jellybeans." This joke is carried throughout the film.
  • The 8 year old grandson gets into an SUV and finds his grandpa having a sexual encounter  with a younger woman. We see the grandpa in his boxers, and the woman's bare shoulders.
    •    During the boxing fight, we see woman wearing skimpy bikinis as they announce the various      rounds.

 

Violent Content: Moderate

 

  • Razor and Kid despise one another, so when they see each other during publicity events they typically get into a brawl.
  • We see details of the boxing fight, the brutal hits and punches. We see the blood and bumps on their faces, they both look beat up.
  •  Two characters get into a car accident, one of them is injured and gets stitches on her  forehead.

 

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

 

  • The f-word is said twice. We also hear "a--," "b--ch," "b--tard," "d--n," and "p---y,"  a lot throughout the movie.

 

Drugs and Alcohol: Moderate

 

  • Kid owns a bar, we see him drinking hard liquor several times in the film.
  • Kid uses a case of beer as a car seat for his 8 year old grandson.
  • A bartender teaches Kid's grandson to play a drinking game. However, the child doesn't drink, but everyone else around him does.

 Will It Appeal to Kids? No

Overall Grudge Match is a slow moving film that most kids will not enjoy. See Anchorman 2 or Hunger Games: Catching Fire instead. Parents need to be aware of the sexual references and excessive profane language throughout the film.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Rating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 buckets

Release Date: December 25, 2013

MPAA Rating: PG

Best Age Group: 10+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent Content: Moderate

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

Will It Appeal to Kid/Teens? Yes

 

His profile on eHarmony was blank and his childhood travel journal was empty. This is a story about Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller),  a quiet guy who works hard as a negative asset manger for LIFE magazine; he develops photos by great photographers. However, Walter is not content, he wants more in his life, he wants some excitement... and his constant adventurous daydreaming doesn't cut it. When the magazine goes from print to online publication only, Walter's co-workers start getting fired, and the amazing photo for the final edition's cover is missing. As Walter searches the world to find the photographer, and the special negative, he also learns a lot about himself and what's truly important in life.

 

Talking Points:

 

There is a wonderful message in the film is to enjoy the little things in life- to love, and appreciate your blessing. This will spark some great parent/child conversations.

 

The film is very appropriate, however young kids may get bored, and may not appreciate the office politics and humor.

 

There is an all-star cast, to name a few; Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn and Shirley MacLaine.

 

Sexual Content: Mild

 

    It's mentioned that some sailors were "horny" as we see them running to a strip club.

    While traveling in Greenland, Walter mistakes the word eruption for erection.

 

Violent Content: Mild

 

  • Walter tends to daydream a lot, though fictitious, some scenes were a little violent. He imagines himself saving a pet in a burning building, gets into a brawl with his boss in an elevator, falls out of a glass window from a high rise, jumps into the ocean from helicopter, skateboards towards an erupting volcano and gets into a bar fight.

 

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

 

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

 

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

 

We see characters drinking beer, one character is shown drunk.

 

Will It Appeal to Kids/Teens?  It will appeal to pre-teens and teens. As I previously mentioned young kids may get bored.

 

Overall The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a wonderful heartfelt story. This is an appropriate film for kids ages 10 and up; adults will enjoy it too.

  

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg, www.boxofficemom.com

 

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