A book star becomes a reality in an emotional, impactful production.
“Amber Brown” is a coming-of-age series produced by Bonnie Hunt (“Cheaper by the Dozen”). Inspired by Paula Danziger’s popular same-named book series, the show follows 11-year-old Amber (Carsyn Rose) as she navigates some of life’s most difficult challenges. The series is mainly live-action but frequently includes animations to express Amber’s emotions. Themes include being yourself, being authentic and having friends. The show’s all-star cast, including Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Michael Yo, tackles difficult and important subjects that kid viewers can take lots of lessons from. (10 25-minute episodes)
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Time-travel story with violence and strong language.
“Paper Girls” is a suspenseful sci-fi series based on the same-named comic book about the time-traveling adventures of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls in the late 1980s. It has lots of strong language, including “f—,” “s—,” “a–hole,” and “b—–s,” as well as racist slurs. There’s also violence: Characters are frequently in peril, a teen wields a gun and shoots another character, someone uses a hockey stick to kill an enemy and there’s lots of futuristic sci-fi weapon use. That said, it’s also a story of loyalty and friendship, with positive messages about valuing differences. (Eight 35-minute episodes)
Spy movie has violence, but the standard storyline.
“The Gray Man” is a secret agent action/thriller movie starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as men who get caught up in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. There’s lots of violence and references to violence. Scenes include domestic violence, torture, gun violence and explosions. The film could be seen as romanceizing violent lifestyles, despite characters showing perseverance, courage, and integrity. Characters use strong language (“f—,” “s—” and more). (129 minutes)
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