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 is the little girl.
Violence: Chinese 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 in this romantic comedy.
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.
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."
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL
What it's about: When their family trots the Boleyn sisters in front of the randy King Henry VIII, the girls are left to their own hearts and wits to figure out how to "land the big one," or simply survive.
Kid Attractor Factor: Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are the fetching leads, with Eric Bana as the oversexed Henry.
Violence: People lost their heads back then.
Language: A 16th-century version of Disney clean.
Sex: Yes, though not Showtime explicit.
Parents advisory: If your kids are into English history, this costume epic might tempt them, especially if they are too young to watch the racier "Tudors" on TV.
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 has such a sweet message about self-image that it's suitable for all ages.
What it's about: A struggling basketball team tries to win games and fans in an effort to survive long enough to join the NBA during the last days of the American Basketball Association.
Kid Attractor Factor: Will Ferrell, Andre Benjamin and on-and-off-the-court high jinks, all set during those wacky 1970s.
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.
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
What it's about: A family moves to a rattling old house in the country where one of the children finds a book that helps him discover an unseen world of fairies, hobgoblins and sprites, some of whom would do him harm.
Kid Attractor Factor: Children in combat with all manner of comically gruesome beasties.
Violence: Some of the fighting is pretty intense and the hobgoblins, etc., can be scary.
Language: A couple of mild profane oaths.
Parents advisory: Pretty benign for an action fantasy, though any child still subject to nightmares should steer clear of this one because of its monsters.
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, smart-mouthed newspaper wedding reporter.
Kid Attractor Factor: Katherine Heigl and James Marsden are the bickering weddinggoers 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.
WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS
What it's about: A successful talk-show host and his "Survivor"-winner fiancée attend a family reunion in rural Georgia, where old grudges and old flames come back to haunt him.
Kid Attractor Factor: Lots of slapstick, naughty language and a heaping helping of Mo'Nique.
Language: The odd blast of profanity.
Sex: Fairly graphic for a PG-13.
Drugs: Discussed, comically, at length in the closing credits.
Parents advisory: The simulated sex, fistfights and jokes about drug dealing in the closing credits make this inappropriate for 11-and-unders, with or without "parental guidance."
-- Roger Moore,
The Orlando Sentinel