Fighting With My Family


The fact-based story of a tightknit British family obsessed with the sport of wrestling makes for an entertaining comedy-drama, written and directed by Stephen Merchant. Saraya-Jade Bevis (Florence Pugh) is inspired by her parents (Lena Headey and Nick Frost), both former wrestlers, and her brother and erstwhile sparring partner (Jack Lowden), to pursue her talent in the ring. Facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, she is invited by the World Wrestling Entertainment empire to compete under the name “Paige.” Although the film’s rough edges, including streetwise cursing and sexual banter, place it out of bounds for younger viewers, an exception might be made for mature adolescents who would benefit from this uplifting picture’s positive messages about perseverance, forgiveness and the bonds of friendship and family. Occasionally violent wrestling action, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, drug references, sexual innuendo, some profane and crude language. A-III; PG-13



A naive waitress (Chloe Grace Moretz), still mourning the recent death of her mother, finds a lost handbag on a New York City subway train and, on returning it, discovers that its owner is a lonely French-accented widow (Isabelle Huppert). The two quickly bond, but all is not, of course, what it seems in director and co-writer Neil Jordan’s psychological thriller, which also features Maika Monroe as the server’s savvier roommate. Moretz and Huppert create sufficient dynamism to elevate the implausible proceedings into a guilty pleasure, and Jordan holds back any bloodletting until a single sequence that’s all the more shocking for the restraint that has preceded it. Gothic fun for grown-ups. Momentary but intense gory violence, a few gruesome images, references to a lesbian relationship, about a half-dozen uses of profanity, several crude and crass terms. A-III; R

How to Train Your Dragon:  The Hidden World


Visuals are sumptuous but the story scant as writer-director Dean DeBlois wraps up a trilogy of animated adventures in all three of which, based on books by Cressida Cowell, he has had a hand. Now the ruler of the community of Vikings whose aversion to dragons he cured, the lad (voice of Jay Baruchel) at the center of the franchise continues his romance with his true love (voice of America Ferrera) even as he battles a villain (voice of F. Murray Abraham) intent on ensnaring his beloved pet fire-breather. There’s a melancholy feel to the script’s ultimate lesson in altruism, though, like the values throughout, it’s a message in keeping with a Christian perspective. Yet the dialogue often breaks down into wooden declarations so self-satisfied they’re grating. Still, it’s a feast for the eyes that’s safe for all but timid tots and those too impressionable for the vaguely pagan milieu. Characters in peril, much thoroughly stylized combat, mythological references, fleeting childish scatological humor.  A-II; PG

What Men Want


Workplace comedy based on 2000’s “What Women Want” examines female empowerment and the constant mutual misunderstandings that beset the sexes. Taraji P. Henson plays a high-powered, foul-mouthed sports agent whose career stalls because she fails to connect well with men. A magic potion gives her the ability to read male minds and puts her in touch with her inner strength. Director Adam Shankman and screenwriters Tina Gordon, Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory have baked in a surprising number of thematic layers, but a somewhat high raunch factor and a gay subplot narrow the appropriate audience for their film. Three nonmarital sexual encounters, references to homosexuality, some vulgar banter, at least one profanity, pervasive rough and crude language. L; R

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