parent's guide

November 10, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction

Rating -- PG-13

What it's about -- Lonely guy starts hearing a voice, a woman, narrating his loser's life. And he tries to do something about it.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal and a real freshman English plot.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- The nobility of pursuing artistic excellence, the virtues of not judging a book by its (his) cover.

Violence -- Accidents.

Language -- Pretty clean.

Sex -- Implied, plus there are those nude old men in the gym shower.

Drugs -- Mentioned.

Parents advisory -- A smart, sweet comedy that kids too young for high school won't get as much out of as their older peers.

A Good Year

Rating -- PG-13

What it's about -- Nasty, hard-driving bonds trader inherits house and vineyard in sleepy Provence.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Russell Crowe? No? How about hottie du jour Abbie Cornish?

Good lessons/bad lessons -- What good is greed if you don't stop, and smell the cabernet

Violence -- None.

Language -- A bit blue.

Sex -- Implied.

Drugs -- Wine, of course.

Parents advisory -- It aims its charms at an older crowd.

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