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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: January 16, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 12+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drugs and Alcohol: Mild
Will it Appeal to Teens? Yes


He's handsome, he's intelligent...he's the young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine). Jack Ryan is an economic student studying in London to get his PhD. However his life dramatically changes one day as he's watching the events from 9/11 on TV. He alters his course of action from studying economics to joining the marines. The film follows Jack's life from his time in Afghanistan, where he suffered a terrible injury, to his days as an analyst in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the CIA. While working for the CIA he discovers a Russian plot to destroy the American economy. Now Jack goes from his desk job to a spot in the field as a spy. Based on the character created by author Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is an action packed, suspenseful film.


There is an all-star cast, to name a few; Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner.

Jack is a great character, he does what it takes to protect his country and those he loves. He's a hard working guy and a dedicated and loving fiancee.

The film is very suspenseful and exciting, you'll be at the edge of your seat.

Sexual Content: Mild

• We see Jack and his fiancee lying in bed together, they're covered by a sheet.

Violent Content: Excessive

• Numerous character's are shot and killed by guns.
• A villain stabs a man in the throat.
• Characters are punched, kicked and beaten to death.
• Jack gets into a fight in a hotel bathroom and drowns the bad guy in the tub.
• A woman is slapped and threatened with a painful torture.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

• The f-word is used once, we also hear "sh-,t" and "g-dd--n."

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

• Characters are shown drinking wine.
• We see a character injecting himself with a syringe.

Will it Appeal to Teens? Yes

Overall Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is an action packed film, one that pre-teen and teenage boys will like. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence throughout the film.

Ride Along

Rating: 2 and 1/2 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: January 16, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drugs and Alcohol: Mild
Will it Appeal to Kids? Yes

"Show me you deserve my sister." That's what police officer James Payton (Ice Cube) says to his sister's boyfriend, Ben (Kevin Hart). Ben is a security guard, but dreams of being cop. He plays enough Call of Duty-type video games, so he feels ready for the real thing. Ben is also in love with James' sister, Angela ( Tika Sumpter), and asks for James' blessing before proposing. However, it's not that easy, in order to prove himself worthy of marrying his sister, James insists that Ben ride along for a twenty four hour patrol. So now Ben and James hit the streets of Atlanta while Ben desperately tries to impress his brother- in- law to be. Ride Along is a comedic film, with a lot of action and adventure.


There aren't any life lessons or encouraging messages in the film, however it is funny and entertaining.

Sexual Content: Moderate

• We see Ben and his girlfriend kissing in bed together.
• Ben's girlfriend texts him to hurry home because she's "horny."
• Guys were making sexual noises, imitating a couple making love.
• There's a scene in a strip club, we see woman in bikinis and revealing outfits.
• Ben's gaming nickname is "Black Hammer." There are sexual comments regarding that name.

Violent Content: Excessive

• During the ride along, in the rough areas of Atlanta, we see characters punched, kicked, beaten, shot and often killed.
• A character gets shot in the leg, we see him suffer, then shot to death.
• We see bloody injuries.
• Ben is a gamer, we see virtual characters beaten, shot and torn apart.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

• The f-word is said once. We hear "sh-t," "a--," "b--ch," "b--tard," "d--n," "p---y," "h---," throughout the film.

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

• We see a drunk character holding a bottle of vodka.
• A high school student was about to skip school and go drinking with friends. Ben talks him out of it and explains how it could ruin his life.

Will it Appeal to Kids? Yes

Overall Ride Along is an action packed, comedic film. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence, language and sexual references in the movie.

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg, www.boxofficemom.com