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Movie Mom: ‘Boy Next Door,’ ‘Cake,’ ‘Blackhat’

Jennifer Lopez makes the big mistake of having an affair with a young neighbor who isn’t as sweet as he first appeared. “The Boy Next Door” moves in Jan. 23.
Jennifer Lopez makes the big mistake of having an affair with a young neighbor who isn’t as sweet as he first appeared. “The Boy Next Door” moves in Jan. 23. Universal Pictures

Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:

“The Boy Next Door”

Why it’s rated R: Extreme peril and violence including guns, knives and other weapons, characters injured and killed, graphic and disturbing images, very strong language, nudity and explicit sexual situations.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: How did Claire’s blind date make her more vulnerable to Noah? How did Noah’s past affect his view of Claire’s marriage?

If you like this, try: “Firstborn” and “The Crush.”

“Cake”

Why it’s rated R: Very strong language, some peril and violence, issues of loss and disability, substance abuse, sexual references and situation.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: Why was Nina so important to Claire? Why did she go to see Roy?

If you like this, try: “The Good Girl,” “28 Days” and “Inside Moves.”

‘Blackhat’

Why it’s rated R: Very violent movie with many characters injured and killed, guns, knives, fire, murder, some graphic and disturbing images, explicit sex, strong language.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: Does this movie make you feel differently about the security of the information you have online? Would you use a convicted criminal to help catch another criminal? How does this villain differ from the typical movie bad guy?

If you like this, try: “Heat” and “Collateral” from the same director.

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