Family movie reviews: ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Joyful Noise’

Each week on Wednesday afternoons, we’ll post two reviews of films being released this week (or films that have been recently released). Written by Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel, these reviews will focus on how family-friendly each film is, and which ages it might be appropriate for.

Belle gets revamped in 'Beauty and the Beast 3D.' (Disney)

‘Beauty and the Beast 3D’

Rating: G
What it’s about: A callous prince living under a spell as a “beast“ must win the love of the fair Belle to break that spell.
The kid attractor factor: A plucky heroine, funny characters, great sight gags — perhaps the greatest children’s cartoon ever.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Don’t let others determine who you will be in life.
Violence: A brawl, a wolf attack and a beast hunt.
Language: Disney clean.
Sex: Will there be so much as a kiss, or won’t there?
Drugs: Flagons of ale are consumed in mass quantities.
Parents’ advisory: Perfect for all ages.

Dolly Parton, foreground from left, Keke Palmer and Queen Latifah are shown in a scene from 'Joyful Noise.' (AP Photo / Warner Bros.)

‘Joyful Noise’

Rating: PG-13 for some language including a sexual reference
What it’s about: Two singers have differing visions of how their church choir should sound as it competes for a big prize.
The kid attractor factor: Teens in love, Queen Latifah, gospel music and Dolly Parton.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “God gives you girls so your mama can say ’I told you so.’”
Violence: A fist fight between teenagers.
Language: Quite a bit of profanity, considering the subject.
Sex: Joked about, with teens-on-the-make at the heart of the story.
Drugs: One nightclub scene
Parents’ advisory: The peppering of profanity rules out the very young, but this is still suitable for 10-and-up.

– ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel

Recent reviews include “The Darkest Hour” and “Young Adult” and “We Bought A Zoo” and “War Horse.” Find all the family movie reviews, dating back to September 2011, here.

Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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