COLLEGE ROAD TRIP
What it's about: Overprotective police chief dad escorts teen daughter on her visits to prospective colleges in this Martin Lawrence comedy.
Kid Attractor Factor: Raven-Symone sings and dances and engages in mild pre-college 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 dust speck, one he must protect.
Kid Attractor Factor: Lovely animation from the folks who made the "Ice Age" movies, 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 this terrific and 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 when you're morally right.
What it's about: Bullied middle-class high-schoolers pool their cash to hire a bodyguard, who turns out to be a homeless 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 and rude updating of that age-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 no-holds-barred 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."
RUN FATBOY RUN
What it's about: A guy who ditched his pregnant girlfriend at the altar years before takes on running a marathon to impress her and his son when she takes up with another man.
Kid Attractor Factor: "Shaun of the Dead's" Simon Pegg doing lots of rude physical comedy.
Violence: Not really.
Language: Some profanity.
Sex: A comical nude locker room scene, some discussion of sex.
Drugs: Cigarettes, beer.
Parents' advisory: Pretty mild stuff, as modern comedies go. What's the worst that could happen, the kids take up marathoning?
What it's about: Math whizzes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology team up to break the bank in Vegas in this drama based on a true story.
Kid Attractor Factor: Young people partying, making out and getting rich playing cards.
Violence: A beat-down. Vegas casinos don't like to be "cheated."
Language: Not that rough.
Drugs: Lots of drinking, some smoking.
Parents' advisory: The lesson that only a sucker gambles is implicit, and while the film doesn't touch on gambling as addiction, it doesn't really glamorize gambling, placing an emphasis on its personal cost.
What it's about: A woman who has spent her life being the "perfect bridesmaid" begins to wonder if love will ever find her, just as she meets a cynical, smartmouthed newspaper wedding reporter.
Kid Attractor Factor: Katherine Heigl and James Marsden are the bickering wedding-goers in this romantic comedy.
Language: Heigl, of "Knocked Up," still remembers how to cuss.
Sex: Hinted at, implied.
Drugs: A boozy night of karaoke.
Parents advisory: Not a bad date movie for teens, with good messages about friendship, selflessness, cynicism and love.