For the first week in August, a couple of redemptive, family movies are released in theaters: “Princess Cut” and “Shaun Sheep.” “Princess Cut” is appropriate for teenagers and adults. It concerns Grace, who has dreamed all her life of the day when “Mr. Right” give her a Princess Cut diamond. Through ups and downs, she goes on a journey to understand what it means to truly love another person. Movieguide.org gives “Shaun Sheep” it highest ratings for quality and content. Movieguide.org describes this movie, “SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is an entertaining animated comedy about a sheep who wants to have the day off from doing regular farm work, but loses his shepherd when he conspires with the other sheep. SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is an adorable family movie with a … redemptive, moral worldview….” The documentary, “Bonobos: Back to the Wild” (unrated) is also released again this week in theaters.
For the movie, “Fantastic Four” out in theaters this week, Movieguide. org gives it a strong cautionary warning for families. Dove.org does not recommend this movie for families. Movieguide.org warns that this movie has many inappropriate elements for children, “… obscenities, profanities; …violence…too intense for children… lots of references to sex…sexual jokes and innuendo…”
August 3, Mo Jo Box Office, reveals that more redemptive, family movies prevail at the box office: “Ant-Man” (#1, PG-13, for teenagers and above), “Inside Out” (#8 after many weeks in theaters, PG, for all ages); “Mr. Holmes” (#11, PG, for older youth and above), and “Home” (#19, despite the fact that it has been in theaters since February and is already available on DVD, PG, for all ages).
“Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,” (PG-13, recently released in theaters and #1 over the weekend) is not recommended for families. See Dove.org . Movieguide.org also issues a warning of caution for families and describes some of the inappropriate elements, “…friendship, loyalty, and often doing the right thing, mixed with constant violence as well as deception, sexual elements and other immoral elements…strong obscenities, strong profanities; nearly constant violence… extremely intense…man known as the “bone crusher” takes out surgical instruments to torture people… people struggle to breathe through the nerve gas; lots of sexual innuendo…”
Other raunchy movies that have been recently at the top in the box office that also have caution advisories or are not recommended for families include: “Vacation” (R), “Minions,” “Pixels,” and “Trainwreck.” See Movieguide.org for user-friendly reviews that include easy-to-find to find details about quality, content, worldview, ratings, and appropriate audiences. Movieguide.org’s Acceptability Ratings take into account cognitive stages of development, moral issues and more.
Therefore, this week the top picks in theaters for families of all ages the first week of August include: “Shaun Sheep” (PG, all ages), “Home” (PG, for all ages), and “Inside Out” (PG, for all ages). Parents, guardians, and those in loco parentis must continue to research movies to find what is of most value for those in their care. Fortunately, reputable review sources by those who have valuable professional and educational insight are easily available.