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Parent's Little Helper

THE DARK KNIGHT

PG-13

What it's about: Batman and those in his orbit face moral dilemmas when Gotham is assaulted by a lunatic terrorist, The Joker.

Kid Attractor Factor: Kids love Batman.

Violence: Staggering, even for a Batman movie. Torture, killings, violence against women, men, children and dogs. However, we don't see the blood.

Language: A wisecrack.

Sex: None.

Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.

Parents advisory: The violence takes this right to the precipice of an R rating, worth considering before taking anybody 10 or under.

HANCOCK

PG-13

What it's about: A drunken superhero with a terrible attitude.

Kid Attractor Factor: Will Smith, a superhero.

Violence: Gunfire, gunshot wounds, deaths, blood, and a lot of cars get crunched.

Language: A lot more profanity than you'd expect from Will Smith.

Sex: More sexual attraction than anything overt.

Drugs: Lots and lots of alcohol.

Parents advisory: More violent and more coarse than the usual Will Smith fare. Take the PG-13 seriously.

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY

PG-13

What it's about: Hellboy and his fellow agents against evil must battle a demonic elf.

Kid Attractor Factor: The title character.

Violence: Guns, swords and spears.

Language: Quite clean, considering the title.

Sex: Not really.

Drugs: Beers are quaffed, cigars are puffed.

Parents advisory: The "13" seems a bit prudish for a comic-book movie this mild. It's fine for 10-and-older.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK

PG-13

What it's about: The Hulk, after years on the run, comes home in search of a cure.

Kid attractor factor: "Incredible" and "Hulk."

Violence: A lot of it.

Language: Marvel clean.

Sex: Well, Liv Tyler's in it.

Drugs: The comic-book superhero kind.

Parents advisory: The violence here has no consequences. At least The Hulk wants to manage his violent tendencies.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

PG-13

What it's about: The much older Dr. Jones, a couple of new sidekicks and one old flame set out in search of some magical crystal skulls.

Kid attractor factor: Indiana Jones action, stunts, magic and Shia LaBeouf.

Violence: Lots of it.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: Some discussion of parentage.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: The violence and that "scary images" bit should give parents of under-age-10s some pause. But if your children have seen the earlier Indys on DVD, they're old enough for this one.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

PG

What it's about: A geologist goes in search of his brother to the center of the Earth.

Kid attractor factor: A gigantic Venus' flytrap, a T-Rex chase, assorted other monsters and such, all in glorious 3-D (in select cinemas).

Violence: Pratfalls and menacing monsters, an off-camera death.

Language: Clean.

Sex: Nah.

Drugs: No no.

Parents advisory: The 3-D novelty is worth a trip to a special theater to see this; the action is geared more toward 10-and-unders.

KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL

G

What it's about: A plucky girl who longs to become a reporter finds the most compelling stories she could tell right under her own roof when the Great Depression hits home.

Kid attractor factor: Abigail Breslin

Violence: Not really.

Language: Squeaky clean.

Sex: Not even hinted at.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: The family-friendliest movie of the summer that isn't a cartoon, custom-built for 10-and-unders.

KUNG FU PANDA

PG

What it's about: A panda wants to escape the noodle shop life and become a great martial-arts master instead.

Kid Violence: Slapstick martial-arts brawls.

Language: Oh-so-clean.

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: More physical, less verbal and more kid-friendly than Dreamworks' "Shrek" franchise.

SPACE CHIMPS

G

What it's about: Trained chimps are sent off to search for intelligent life.

Kid attractor factor: They're chimps.

Language: Clean, with potty references

Sex: Chimps trying out pickup lines.

Drugs: None.

Parents advisory: Not edgy enough for older kids, but perfectly fine for 12-and-unders.

WALL-E

G

What it's about: A lonely robot trash compactor, left behind to clean up the mess humans have made of Earth, falls in love with a probe robot who comes to see if signs of life have returned to the planet.

Kid attractor factor: Disney. Pixar. Robots.

Violence: Robot-on-robot slapstick.

Language: There isn't any, or much, and certainly no profanity.

Sex: Of course not.

Drugs: Ditto.

Parents advisory: Pixar returns to its kids-first mission with this cartoon, which, because it is so visual and not verbal, should be your 2- to 3-year-old's first trip to the movies.

— Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel
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