Weekend Fun and Games

Filed under: New In Pop Culture

Here is your weekly roundup of what's happening in entertainment this weekend as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.

Eddie Murphy is back in "Imagine That," a family-friendly movie about a divorced dad whose visiting daughter distracts him from his job. While dad vies for a big promotion at work, his daughter and her imaginary friends try to give him business advice -- if only he would listen. Childish insults, mild swearing and some immature behavior on dad's part are eventually balanced out with the message that family comes first. Rated PG, OK for Kids 6+

Gran TorinoClint Eastwood directs and stars in "Gran Torino", a gritty and sometimes brutal study in racism and intolerance. As a reluctant mentor to a young Asian neighbor, Eastwood's character becomes a target for a local gang. Through his relationship with the boy and his family, he changes his ways and learns respect and understanding. Realistic violence and strong language make this film inappropriate for younger viewers. Rated PG-13, iffy for Kids 16+

"One and the Same" by Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato is the first release from the "Princess Protection Program" soundtrack. The song is just what you would expect from these squeaky clean Disney stars and real-life best friends -- a pop-rock ode to girlfriends. OK for Kids 8+

How to Train Your DragonA humorous tale about a Viking boy and his tiny dragon, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, Bk. 1" is sure to please the pre-teen boy in your life. Written and illustrated by Cressida Cowell, the book features the kind of potty humor kids love and a story that is entertaining and easy to read. OK for Kids 8+

For the the Sony PlayStation Portable, "Rock Band Unplugged" is a party in your pocket. Just like the console game, players rock out, earn fans and take their show on the road. In this version, however, you get to play along with all the instruments on the same song instead of choosing just one. Of the 41 tracks included, some may be offensive and inappropriate for younger kids. Rated T, Iffy for Kids 11+

Wiggletime"Wiggletime", a new virtual world featuring the Wiggles, is colorful and pretty and contains some great educational content. The feature that lets parents track what their kids are doing and learning is nice, but the site itself offers very little to do without a paid subscription. Lots of reading is required and some of the games may be initially confusing to kids. OK for Kids 3+

Commonsense Media

ReaderComments (Page 1 of 1)


Flickr RSS



AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.