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Million Dollar Arm

Rating: 4 out of 5 buckets

Release Date: May 15 2014

MPAA Rating: PG

Best Age Group: 14+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent Content: None

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

Will it Appeal to kids/teens? No

Life is good for bachelor JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), he has a beautiful home in Los Angeles, model girl friends, and fast cars. However, that could all change quickly if his business doesn't pick up. JB was once a very successful sports agent, though with the fierce competition his business was slowly failing. After watching Indian cricket late one night on TV, JB got the idea to create a contest in India to find the best bowler (the pitcher in cricket), dubbed as "Million Dollar Arm." Before you know it JB was on his way to Mumbai announcing the nationwide contest. After seeing thousands of boys pitch, two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, became the winners. JB brought the boys to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton), with the ultimate goal of signing them to a major league team. Initially things didn't go as planned, Rinku and Dinesh were adjusting to the American culture while learning about baseball, and JB was having a hard time adjusting to his new roommates. However, JB and the boys develop a strong bond and love for one another, which ultimately changes their lives forever. Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm is a wonderful inspirational sports drama.

Initially J.B. was a self -centered playboy. What began as a business venture, ultimately turned into something more. JB learned the importance of loving relationships and family.

This is a wonderful inspirational sports film, and appropriate for kids. Having said that, it's slow in parts, and there is not a lot of action, which may not interest young kids.

Sexual Content: Mild

• J.B. and Brenda (his neighbor) sleep together, though we don't see anything.

• Rinku walks in on one of J.B.'s girlfriends, while she's on the toilet.

Violent Content: None

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

• "H--l," and "d--n," are said.

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

• Characters are shown drinking hard liquor and beer.

• Rinku and Dinesh drink too much at a party (not knowing the punch was spiked), we see them throwing up.

Will it Appeal to kids? No

• Mature teens will most likely enjoy the storyline, however kids 13 and younger may get bored as the film is slow in parts, and not much action.

Overall this is a wonderful inspirational sports drama. As I previously mentioned, there is not a lot of action as in most sports dramas, so kids may get bored.

Godzilla

Rating: 4 out of 5 buckets

Release Date: May 15 2014

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 12+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent Content: Excessive

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

Will it Appeal to kids/teens? Yes

Cities are being destroyed and innocent civilians are dying. People are wondering if this is an earthquake or some other natural disaster. However, Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S military, discovers the problem. As Ford goes to Japan to get his estranged father out of jail, they visit a radiation plant. At the plant scientists are studying cocoon-like structures that feed on radiation. They eventually come to realize that a Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Object, also known as MUTO, has broken free, and that he's not alone. Ford is desperate to get back to California to save wife and son, but must also help the military devise a plan to save the world from the enormous monsters that could take over mankind.

The humans in the film are continuously saving and helping one another to defeat the monsters.

The film is slow in parts.

Sexual Content: Mild

• We see Ford and his wife passionately kissing on the couch.

Violent Content: Excessive

• The monsters destroy buildings and entire cities.

• MUTO hit a Japanese power plant, killing several workers, and even Ford's mom.

• Thousands of innocent civilians were smashed and killed by the enormous monsters.

• Two MUTO's and Godzilla are shot and blasted with rockets. The monster eggs are destroyed by a gasoline explosion.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

• "Sh-t," "h--l," and "d--n," were said.

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

• Ford and his wife drink wine.

Will it Appeal to kids/teens? Yes

• I interviewed some middle school age boys who thought the movie was slow, but good.

Overall this is an action packed drama. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout the film. Depending the child I feel this is appropriate for kids ages 12 and up.

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg, www.boxofficemom.com

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