WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A career-oriented single woman decides to have a baby at 37 and hires a trashy, goofy surrogate.
KID ATTRACTOR FACTOR: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Dax Shepard, toilet humor and gags.
LANGUAGE: A bit of jarring profanity.
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SEX: Examples of the old-fashioned way of making babies turn up.
DRUGS: Alcohol and cigarettes, and a harder drug reference.
PARENTS ADVISORY: Relatively benign how-to-make-babies comedy with a "Saturday Night Live" lineage.
DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO!
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: An elephant hears a noise from a tiny dust speck and comes to realize 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.
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A bullied teen is summoned to ancient China, where he falls in with martial-arts masters.
KID ATTRACTOR FACTOR: Magical martial arts and comedy from Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
VIOLENCE: Slapstick martial arts, with deadlier moments of combat. Not much blood, though.
LANGUAGE: Quite clean.
SEX: Flirtation between boy and Sparrow, the dishy dart-thrower from days of yore.
DRUGS: One martial-arts master is the Drunken Immortal, forever popping a cork.
PARENTS ADVISORY: Not exactly a movie for children.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A hard-partying inventor and heir to a weapons-manufacturing fortune is shown how his wares are used in the big wide world, and builds a supercharged iron suit to try to set things right.
KID ATTRACTOR FACTOR: It's Iron Man, the comic book, brought to life in the person of wisecracking Robert Downey Jr. Action and pathos and laughs and Gwyneth Paltrow.
VIOLENCE: There are deaths, brawls, the threat of a massacre.
LANGUAGE: Quite clean.
SEX: Iron Man likes to chase skirts.
DRUGS: Lots of cocktails are consumed.
PARENTS ADVISORY: A bit more adult than the Spider-Man movies. A bit violent, but 12-and-ups should see that there are consequences to violence.
MADE OF HONOR
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A lifelong ladies' man realizes that his best friend is the love of his life, and she's about to marry some guy.
KID ATTRACTOR FACTOR: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan and a lot of flirting.
VIOLENCE: A punch is thrown.
LANGUAGE: Profanity, here and there.
SEX: One-night and one-night-per-week stands by the womanizing leading man.
DRUGS: Alcohol, especially in the opening.
PARENTS ADVISORY: More a date movie than something your average 12-and-under would like, it's for teens old enough to hold hands and share a box of popcorn, and their parents.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A plucky little island-dwelling girl's dad is lost at sea, so she e-mails a famous adventure writer to come help her find him. But the adventure writer is no adventurer herself.
KID ATTRACTOR FACTOR: Abigail Breslin, a cute lizard, a cuter pelican and a cuter-still sea lion, all battling obnoxious tourists on a South Sea island.
VIOLENCE: Sharks, rock-climbing accidents, slapstick stuff.
SEX: Hand-holding in the South Seas. Sigh.
PARENTS ADVISORY: A very entertaining kids fantasy about growing up on a desert isle with friendly critters. Adults may go for the spectacle of seeing Jodie Foster upstaged by a sea lion.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Math whizzes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology team up to break the bank in Vegas.
KID ATTRACTOR FACTOR: Young people partying, making out and getting rich playing cards.
VIOLENCE: A beat-down.
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 glamorize it, either.