What it's about: A career-oriented single woman decides to have a baby at 37 and hires a trashy, goofy surrogate to carry her egg to term.
Kid Attractor Factor: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Dax Shepard, toilet humor and a 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: 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.
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
What it's about: A bullied teen is summoned to ancient China, where he falls in with martial-arts masters in an effort to restore a magical staff to a long-frozen Monkey King.
Kid Attractor factor: Magical martial arts and comedy from Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Violence: Slapstick martial arts mixed 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 he 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: The Iron Man likes to chase skirts.
Drugs: Lots of cocktails are consumed.
Parents advisory: A bit more adult than the Spider-Man movies, but pitched in a similar tone. 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. And caught.
Language: Profanity, here and there.
Sex: One-night and one-night-per-week stands by the womanizing leading man.
Drugs: A little alcohol, especially in the opening scenes.
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.
Language: No profanity. The ratings board fibbed.
Sex: Hand-holding in the South Seas. Sigh.
What it's about: Idealistic, independent young driver battles long odds to foil the cartel of evil, cheating racing sponsors.
Kid Attractor Factor: Eye candy galore, based on a cartoon and starring Emile Hirsh, Christina Ricci and a cute chimpanzee.
Language: Gratuitous profanity peppered here and there.
Drugs: None, unless you count poison.
Parents advisory: It's childish enough to be attractive to young children, but the plot demands many a tedious argument/discussion scene, when all most kids want is more chimp moments. Fine for 9 and older.
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
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
What it's about: A girl meets a guy, drinks are drunk and a Vegas wedding ensues.
Kid Attractor Factor: Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz.
Violence: Sucker punches, crotch shots.
Language: Not as much profanity as you might expect, but still worth a PG-13.
Sex: Yes, that happens in Vegas.
Drugs: Yes, with alcohol serving as Love Potion Number Nine.
Parents advisory: Not remotely as raunchy as most recent romantic comedies, it's still a bit much for 12-and-unders. Take the PG-13 to the bank.