Parents' Guide

December 30, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

Rating -- PG-13.

THE RINGER

What it's about -- A nice guy in a bind helps his shady uncle "fix" the Special Olympics by posing as mentally disabled and entering the competition.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Johnny Knoxville, in the role he was born to play.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- Don't let other people limit what you do with your life. And cheaters never prosper.

Violence -- Slapstick pratfalls.

Language -- Special Olympians can teach us all a little something about cursing.

Sex -- Discussed, but not in any depth.

Drugs -- None, though drugs are joked about.

Parents' advisory -- Surprisingly, shockingly sweet-spirited, though try as they might, the filmmakers can't help but reach for laughs at the expense of the disabled.

RUMOR HAS IT

Rating -- PG-13.

What it's about -- A journalist starts to realize that her family may have been the inspiration for The Graduate, with all the sexual shenanigans that would have entailed.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- A generation that grew up on Jennifer Aniston may want to catch her in this.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- It's not who you dally with, but who you make a life with, that matters.

Violence -- None.

Language -- Pretty clean, except for that potty-mouth, Shirley MacLaine.

Sex -- Suggested, and Aniston shows a little skin.

Drugs -- Everybody in Pasadena, Calif., drinks.

Parents' advisory -- Kids too young to know The Graduate won't get it, not that there's much to get anyway.

Motion Picture Association of America ratings: are (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

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