Everything, Everything

Warner Bros.

Director Stella Meghie’s adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s young adult novel bears more than a little resemblance to one of those fairy tales involving a princess locked up in a castle who needs a handsome prince to rescue her. In this case, a bright and literate teen (Amandla Stenberg) has long been confined by a rare illness to the hermetically sealed house specially designed for her by her protective mother (Anika Noni Rose). Then a sensitive lad (Nick Robinson) moves in next door and becomes her instant soul mate (via texting and handwritten placards held up to windows). Aware of the target audience, screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe sustains the romantic fantasy without letting any harsh real-life consequences intrude. The result is a gentle, tasteful film. A bedroom scene shared by its barely-of-age main couple, however, makes it doubtful fare even for mature adolescents. Brief sensuality as part of a mostly off-screen nonmarital encounter, a single instance of rough language. A-III; PG-13



When a disgraced Olympic swimmer (Zac Efron) joins the lifeguarding, and amateur sleuthing, team of the title, his selfish ways bring him into conflict with its longtime leader (Dwayne Johnson). Director Seth Gordon’s action comedy, adapted from the television series that began on NBC but had a longer life in syndication, succeeds neither as a pop-culture spoof nor as a crime-solving adventure. Though the film’s self-conscious flesh peddling is mostly just tiresome, its surfeit of low-minded humor eventually registers as degrading. Some gunplay and physical violence with momentary but extreme gore, strong sexual content, including full nudity and off-screen nonmarital activity, several profanities and a few milder oaths, pervasive rough and crude language. O; R

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul


An excess of scatological humor as well as a lack of creative drive blight this family road comedy, adapted by writer-director David Bowers from the novel by Jeff Kinney. As his family sets off on a cross-country journey to attend his great-grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration, a mild-mannered middle schooler (Jason Drucker) rails against his mom’s (Alicia Silverstone) ban on the use of electronics during the trip – a prohibition his overworked father (Tom Everett Scott) likewise finds it difficult to obey. Recently shamed by an embarrassing video that went viral, the lad also plots with his older brother (Charlie Wright) to make a detour to a gaming convention where he hopes a taped encounter with an online celebrity (Joshua Hoover) will retrieve his reputation. A series of misadventures and indignities await the youthful protagonist as the film ambles along to little purpose. Too many of these involve excretion to allow endorsement for all. Much distasteful potty humor, brief adult wordplay. A-II; PG

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales


Flashy but unsatisfying fifth installment in the theme park ride-based franchise that first set sail in 2003. This time out, series stalwart Johnny Depp, once again playing eccentric buccaneer Capt. Jack Sparrow, joins forces with a young science scholar (Kaya Scodelario) whose learning has led her to be charged with witchcraft and an equally youthful sailor (Brenton Thwaites). All three are seeking the same magical artifact, each for a different reason. They’re pursued by the British navy, by the ghost of one of Sparrow’s old adversaries (Javier Bardem) and by a living but one-legged freebooter (Geoffrey Rush). Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg’s special effects-driven adventure is long on spectacle but short on human interest. Parents willing to overlook some adult punning may give mature teens the go-ahead to board, however. Much action violence with little blood, brief implications of adultery, a single gruesome image, occasional mature wordplay, at least one crass term. A-III; PG-13

USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting


A-I – General patronage

A-II – Adults and adolescents

A-III – Adults

A-IV – Adults, with reservations

L – Limited adult audience

O – Morally offensive

Motion Picture Association of America ratings:

G – General audiences; all ages admitted

PG – Parental guidance suggested; some material may not be suitable for children

PG-13 – Parents are strongly cautioned to give special guidance for attendance of children under 13; some material may be inappropriate for young children

R – Restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian

NC-17 – No one under 17 admitted