Parents’ guide to new movie releases

‘Gulliver’s Travels’

Rating: PG for brief rude humor, mild language and action.

What it’s about: A loser and would-be travel writer is sucked into a world of tiny people where he can be heroic, successful and admired.

The kid attractor factor: Jack Black and lots of teeny-tiny people in 3-D, with the odd butt-crack joke.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Put yourself out there.” but don’t plagiarize.

Violence: Slapstick, shots to the groin, etc.

Language: A brief dissertation on the “A” word, attached to the prefix “lame.”

Sex: none, though a lengthy pee-to-put-out-a-fire bit should count.

Drugs: none.

Parents’ advisory: more family friendly than your typical Jack Black farce, with the effects and humor aimed very young. OK for 8 and up.

‘Little Fockers’

Rating: PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content.

What it’s about: the hapless male nurse is now a success, but does he earn more respect from his family and father-in-law?

The kid attractor factor: Ben Stiller slapstick, 5-year-old’s projectile vomiting.

Good lessons/bad lessons: when it comes to families, “We’ve got our thing, and it works.”

Violence: A big brawl finale.

Language: Son of a this, heckuva that and ongoing puns on the Focker family name.

Sex: Discussed, suggested, with an overdone erectile-dysfunction gag.

Drugs: A Jessica Alba drunk scene.

Parents’ advisory: Don’t be the parent whose kids teach my kids dirty words in elementary school. 13-and-up only.

Parents’ guide to new movie releases


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