parents' guide

January 12, 2007

Arthur and the Invisibles

Rating -- PG

What it's about -- A boy resolves to rescue his grandpa and find the family fortune in the tiny, underground world of fairyfolk.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Animated underground sprites, A Bug's Life-like action.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- You're never too young to be someone others can depend on.

Violence -- Animated, not graphic.

Language -- Clean.

Sex -- None, though Madonna voices a hot cartoon princess.

Drugs -- None.

Parents advisory -- A bit complicated for a cartoon children's fantasy, but the characters are cute.

Stomp the Yard

Rating -- PG-13

What it's about -- L.A. punk learns the meaning of "team" when he joins a fraternity's step-dancing team in college.

The Kid Attractor Factor -- Rowdy, athletic, aggressive dance-offs, a budding romance and a lot of attitude.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- Black fraternities and sororities have a rich tradition on traditionally black college campuses, and dancing is just part of that.

Violence -- A brawl and a shooting.

Language -- Bursts of profanity, and sex.

Sex -- Implied.

Drugs -- None.

Parents advisory -- Anything that gives kids areason to go to college can't be all bad. Take the "13-and-up" label seriously, though.

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