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Horton Hears a Who! B+

(G) — Families can call a truce and all enjoy this Dr. Seuss, a squeaky-clean tale with this vocal cast: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, oh boy, what a blast.

Nim's Island

(PG) — A novelist (Jodie Foster) helps a young fan (Abigail Breslin) find her missing father. Mild action violence and child peril, plus a few rude words.

Suitable for families, with reservations

The Forbidden Kingdom

(PG-13) — Martial arts icons Jackie Chan and Jet Li guide an American teenager (Michael Angarano) through mystical danger. Fantasy violence.

Iron Man A-

(PG-13) — A Marvel Comics superhero (Robert Downey Jr.) kicks off the blockbuster season. Intense sci-fi action comparable to last year's Transformers, with a dash of suggestiveness and brief alcohol abuse.

Leatherheads C-

(PG-13) — Locker room profanity spices up George Clooney's comedy about 1930s professional football.

Shine a Light A-

(PG-13) — The Rolling Stones still play sexually suggestive concerts, with Keith Richards chain-smoking and Mick Jagger letting a few profanities fly. But, hey, it's only rock 'n' roll.

Speed Racer C-

(PG) — This hyperactive live-action version of the cult cartoon contains automotive action that children shouldn't imitate, plus profanity, smoking and brief violence, including suggested torture.

Under the Same Moon B-

(PG-13) — A Mexican boy (Adrian Alonso) sneaks across the U.S. border to find his mother. Mild child peril and mature themes of illegal immigration.

The Year My Parents

Went on Vacation B-

(PG) — This English-subtitled coming-of-age story contains mature themes, mild profanity, brief suggestive content, violence and smoking.

Young@Heart A-

(PG) — This documentary about a seniors chorus belting out rock 'n' roll songs could be fun for older kids who love their grandparents. Brief profanity and mature themes of mortality.

Not suitable

21 B

(PG-13) — Skipping college classes to scam Las Vegas casinos is glamorized, with all the vices of Sin City, profanity and a pervasive amoral tone.

Baby Mama B

(PG-13) — Tina Fey's comedy of surrogate motherhood contains crude and sexual humor, profanity and brief drug references.

Flawless B-

(PG-13) — Michael Caine and Demi Moore aren't big draws for youthful viewers. This heist flick, set in 1960, has nothing objectionable except brief profanity, but it won't interest children.

Made of Honor

(PG-13) — Originally rated R, this romantic comedy was trimmed a bit, yet still includes sexual content and profanity.

Prom Night

(PG-13) — High school seniors are stalked by a madman. The rating is based on "violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking and language."

Superhero Movie

(PG-13) — Another spoof of popular action movies, with Drake Bell (of Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh) added for teen appeal. However, the rating is for "crude and sexual content, comic violence, drug references and language."

The Visitor B+

(PG-13) — Children won't be interested in a somber drama about cross-cultural bonding between a professor (Richard Jenkins) and two illegal immigrants. Brief profanity.

What Happens in Vegas B

(PG-13) — Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz co-star in a sexy, crudely humorous romance also containing profanity and a drug reference.

Where in the World Is

Osama bin Laden? A

(PG-13) — Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) mocks the manhunt for the terrorist; mature themes and strong profanity not for children.

Family movie guide 03/12/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 5:07pm]
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