What it's about: A soon-to-divorce dad tells his daughter of the great loves of his life and lets her guess which one turned out to be her mom.
Kid Attractor Factor: Abigail Breslin.
Violence: Noodles are hurled at a TV.
Language: A smidgen of profanity.
Sex: Some grappling, some pillow talk.
Drugs: Cigarettes are criticized even in the middle of a sexy cigarette seduction scene.
Parents advisory: Not inappropriate for dating-age teenagers, but 12-and-unders won't have much to connect with or laugh at.
COLLEGE ROAD TRIP
What it's about: Overprotective dad escorts teen daughter on her visits to prospective colleges in this Martin Lawrence comedy.
Kid Attractor Factor: Raven-Symone sings, dances and engages in high jinks.
Violence: A tasering or two.
Language: Disney mild.
Parents advisory: The cleanest film Martin Lawrence has ever been in. As to whether he's funny in it, well ...
DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO!
What it's about: A nerdy elephant hears a noisy from a tiny dust speck and comes to understand that there's a whole civilization living on that speck, one he must protect.
Kid Attractor Factor: Lovely animation, and who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?
Violence: A vulture and assorted chimps try to do in the dust speck.
Language: Clean as Jim Carrey can make it.
Parents advisory: The longer treatment of lean Dr. Seuss book gives you a deeper appreciation of all the ideas about tolerance, the fragility of life and being willing to hold unpopular opinions.
What it's about: Bullied middle-class high-schoolers pool their cash to hire a bodyguard, who turns out to be a con artist.
Kid Attractor Factor: Smartmouthed (and foul-mouthed) kids, Owen Wilson in droll doofus mode and a story line that will resonate with any high-schooler -- bullying.
Violence: Some brutal beatdowns.
Language: Some profanity.
Sex: The homeless guy is hot for teacher.
Parents advisory: A somewhat crude updating of that old teen movie theme, bullies and how to cope with them.
NEVER BACK DOWN
What it's about: A teen with a violent temper gets more than he bargained for when he moves to a new school where mixed- martial-arts fighting is a part of the culture.
Kid Attractor Factor: Good-looking young people beating the snot out of one another.
Language: Some profanity, not gratuitous.
Sex: Make-out moments, kids in bikinis.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed by teenagers.
Parents advisory: It's a violent martial-arts drama for kids about facing your demons and overcoming bullies, if not your anger. The important phrase? "Violent martial-arts drama."
What it's about: A young woman leaves the house she's been hidden in all her life to seek love and happiness and an end to the curse that stuck her with the nose of a pig.
Kid Attractor Factor: It's a fairy tale about an "ugly duckling," played for laughs.
Language: Some profanity.
Sex: None to speak of.
Drugs: Drinking, smoking gamblers.
Parents advisory: This cute modern- day fairy tale is suitable for all ages.
What it's about: A struggling basketball team tries to win games and fans and join the NBA.
Kid Attractor Factor: Will Ferrell.
Violence: Ferrell's character fights a bear.
Language: Some profanity, but not much.
Sex: Over-the-top disco-era make-out music, nearly naked posing.
Drugs: Cigarettes, a little beer.
Parents advisory: More of a mild PG-13 than an R, this is pretty typical Will Ferrell fare: over the top, dumb and more harmless than your typical "That '70s Show" rerun.
What it's about: A woman who has spent her life being the "perfect bridesmaid" begins to wonder if love will ever find her.
Kid Attractor Factor: Katherine Heigl and James Marsden.
Language: A bit if cussing.
Sex: Hinted at, implied.
Drugs: A boozy night of karaoke.
Parents advisory: Not a bad date movie for teens, with good messages.
-- Roger Moore,
The Orlando Sentinel