You should always check the movies you wanna watch before subjugating yourself (and likely your family) to 2 hours of it.  You’re life is precious – no point wasting it.  Here’s here’s a simple two-step system Sara and I use for pre-checking movies:

1)  Go to  This is a Focus on the Family service, that will enable you to quickly decide if a movie is family-friendly and God-honoring.  What I like about this site, is that it’s not overtly religious and close-minded (in my opinion).  Without spoilers, it will prepare you for language, violence, sexuality, and spirituality issues that the flick contains.  Then it will give a concluding recommendation as to it’s family-friendliness, and if it isn’t family friendly, it isn’t likely YOU-friendly.  Just saying. 

2)  Go to  This is a movie critic/review site that will definitely give you a thumbs up or thumbs down that’s worth noting.  It’ll classify a movie as either rotten or fresh based on critic and user reviews.

A movie has to pass the pluggedin test first, and if it does, I’ll check to see if it’s “fresh”.  If it isn’t, I’ll save my $15 and maybe consider renting it later.
When it comes to the stuff you watch or see, you should seriously consider passages in the Bible like this:


“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!"  Matthew 6:22-23
Seriously, the stuff we allow into our souls through the window of the eyes is absolutely mind-boggling.  And then we wonder why we feel stale spiritually, or why God seems silent.  
It goes without saying that there seems to be an agenda behind much of Hollywoods’ offerings, aimed at making things like sexual promiscuity look cute, cuddly, and benign.  And like Rihanna, more and more is revealed year after year, while the pain and heartache associated with what the Bible calls sin is tidily concealed.  And whether you like it or not, when you hand over your cash for the opportunity to let this stuff flow into your soul, you may be telling your kids (and anyone else observing you) that the kind of behaviour Jesus died to free us from, isn’t really all that bad.  
So, about The Fault in Our Stars.  Ya, it grabbed me in the previews, like I’m sure it grabbed you.  There were a couple little red flags, but nothing serious.  A couple days ago I started hearing all the hype about the movie from a few friends, so I thought I’d see what PluggedIn had to say, which has become habit for me before seeing or renting a movie.  
Here’s part of that review:

But here's the thing: Because it is quite good—a persuasive, emotional story with strong, positive messages about sacrifice, hard truths and true love—the bad stuff can come off as more persuasive than usual. It's harder to see a loving God yourself when the characters you grow to care about can't, or won't. It's harder to object to premarital sex while weepily watching Hazel and Gus—teens who might never get the chance to ever have sex again—get so much pleasure and fulfillment from it. 

The Fault in Our Stars is, I suppose, a little like its title. For all its sparkly power, it has scratches and splits. We know immediately when a movie like Noah drifts away from its moorings. But it's hard to see a film with crystal-clear eyes when you're always dabbing them with a Kleenex.
Prognosis: there's enough stuff in this movie to easily justify steering clear of it (not least of which – spoiler alert – Hazel and Gus losing their virginity to each other in an Amsterdam hotel room, and this is celebrated).  So the movie's a no-go in my books, with plenty of reasons why you and I, especially as parents, should tread very carefully into this dangerous, morally-flawed, spiritually-uncertain territory.