parents' guide

Unaccompanied Minors

December 08, 2006

Rating -- PG.

What it's about -- Children of divorce traveling on their own are stuck in a snowbound airport for Christmas.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Kids, antics in an airport, under-age flirting, the works.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- "Men are made, not born." And "divorced kids are more resourceful."

Violence -- Slapstick, mild.

Language -- Tame.

Sex -- No, they're all too young, thank goodness.

Drugs -- None.

Parents advisory -- Genial, harmless, fitfully amusing holiday fare for any child old enough to go to the movies.

The Holiday

Rating -- PG-13.

What it's about -- Two lovelorn strangers swap homes for Christmas and find love even though they aren't looking for it.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Cameron Diaz and Jack Black, though not in the same scenes.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- Don't drink and date, don't date in the office, and love will find you when you're not looking for it.

Violence -- Slapstick, and not much of it.

Language -- Rough enough.

Sex -- Discussed, suggested, dwelled upon.

Drugs -- Alcohol is abused.

Parents advisory -- It's a romantic comedy, sentimental and a bit adult for 13-and-youngers.

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