Super Troopers 2

Fox Searchlight

Obnoxious ensemble comedy in which a shift in the border between the U.S. and Canada leads to an exchange of sophomoric practical jokes between a band of Vermont state troopers (Jay Chandrasekhar, who also directed, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske) and their Mountie counterparts (Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, and Hayes MacArthur). Presumably designed to make adolescent boys of all ages snicker, Chandrasekhar’s follow-up to the 2002 original, which he wrote in collaboration with the other four actors playing the Americans, crosses the line from crude to seamy with a sequence set in the bordello and strip club owned by the local mayor (Rob Lowe). Occasional violence with some gore, strong sexual content, including implied nonmarital sexual activity and full nudity, drug use, about a dozen profanities, a few milder oaths, pervasive rough and crude language. O; R 

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment

Delightful animated direct-to-video feature in which the speedy superhero of the title (voice of James Arnold Taylor) battles his evil counterpart, Reverse-Flash (voice of Dwight Schultz). Lured into a time loop by his opponent, the crime fighter is forced to relive the same day over and over, an experience that eventually teaches him (and youthful viewers) to slow down, form a plan and take note of the surrounding environment. Along with its positive messages, director Ethan Spaulding’s film, which is suitable for the entire family, offers beautiful animation and a fun, funny script. A-I. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.



Director and co-writer Rob Greenberg’s surprisingly buoyant remake of the 1987 romantic comedy offers a fresh take on the original’s zany forgotten-identity plot while also avoiding its frivolous treatment of adultery. The spoiled scion (Eugenio Derbez) of one of Mexico’s richest families whiles away his days on a luxury yacht, awash in booze and surrounded by lovelies. He clashes with a sensible but cash-strapped single mother of three (Anna Faris) when she comes to clean the vessel’s carpets. When he subsequently falls overboard and awakens with amnesia, she sees press coverage of the situation and, with the encouragement of her boss (Eva Longoria), decides to take advantage of it by posing as his wife and taking him home. As the wastrel adjusts to his new, impoverished lifestyle, a transformation is in store. Taken strictly as a comic fantasy,  the abduction and deception are not to be condoned, though viewers are hardly likely to imitate the heroine’s actions, the film offers an entertaining parable about redemption. Implied premarital sexual activity, fleeting male rear nudity, some sexual banter, occasional crude language, an obscene gesture. A-III; PG-13 



Though it winds up strongly affirming marriage and family life, this comedy takes a path to that positive outcome that most viewers may not wish to follow. As a baby present to mark the arrival of her third child, an already overworked and exhausted mother (Charlize Theron) is offered the free services of a night nanny (Mackenzie Davis) by her prosperous brother (Mark Duplass). Though she hesitates to accept the gift at first, once she relents, she finds that the relief provided by the remarkably gifted, free-spirited young caregiver revitalizes her relationship with her loving but distracted husband (Ron Livingston) and with their two older kids (Lia Frankland and Asher Miles Fallica). Yet all is not as it seems. Some of the moral difficulties inherent in director Jason Reitman’s film, as scripted by Diablo Cody, are offset by its ultimate point. Others are resolved by unforeseen plot development. Still others, however, remain, though mostly in the background. Some misguided values, including implicit acceptance of promiscuity and homosexual acts, strong sexual content involving pornographic images, nudity, marital lovemaking and a problematic scene of childhood sexuality, a couple of uses of profanity, numerous rough and crude terms. L; R 

Bad Samaritan

Electric Entertainment

Intriguing but seamy thriller in which two valet parking attendants (Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero) at a Portland, Oregon, restaurant who use their jobs as a cover for burglarizing some of their clients’ homes while the car owners are busy dining get more than they bargained for. When Sheehan’s character breaks into the swanky residence of a wealthy businessman (David Tennant) only to discover that the tycoon is a brutal deviant and is holding a woman (Kerry Condon) captive as his sex slave. Too frightened to free her on the spot, the remorseful lad risks his own freedom by alerting the authorities. But the pervert manages to stay one step ahead of him in what becomes an elaborate game of cat and mouse. Writer Brandon Boyce and director Dean Devlin create an intricate moral maze by initially establishing the thieving duo’s greed-driven indifference to the consequences of their illegal activities, then presenting them with the challenge of a much deeper form of evildoing. Yet, as the plot alone suggests, this generally taut nail-biter is not suitable fare for a family outing to the movies. Much harsh violence with momentary but vivid gore, drug use, a premarital bedroom scene, glimpses of upper female nudity, some gruesome images, a blasphemous expression, several uses of profanity, an irreverent joke, pervasive rough and crude language. L; R 

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word


Well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary in which the pontiff largely speaks for himself, touching on a wide variety of topics of interest to believers and nonbelievers alike and setting out his vision for the future of the church. Filmmaker Wim Wenders, who also narrates, uses interviews with the pope as well as footage of his worldwide travels to give viewers an insight into his personality, thinking and influence. The result is a work of high quality that can be recommended for a wide range of age groups. Mature themes, some potentially upsetting images. A-II; PG

Breaking In


Visiting her recently deceased father’s isolated country estate to prepare it for sale, a Midwestern mom (Gabrielle Union) finds her maternal instincts put to the test when a group of gangsters (led by Billy Burke) out to purloin the vast sum of cash stored in the fortress-like house’s hidden safe, take her teen daughter (Ajiona Alexus) and preteen son (Seth Carr) hostage inside the home and lock her out of it. What ensues, under James McTeigue’s direction, is a less-than-credible contest of wills that becomes increasingly nasty as it approaches a conclusion calculated to appeal to viewers’ worst instincts. Much harsh, gory violence, including the preliminaries of a sexual assault, a few uses of profanity, at least one milder oath, a single rough and numerous crude terms, mature references. L; 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