Parents guide

March 23, 2007

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rating -- PG

What it's about -- Crime-fighting, pizza-obsessed sewer-raised turtles listen to their teacher, a rat, and make the world a better place.

The kid attractor factor -- Skateboards, swordfights, magic and monsters.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- "Let anger consume you, and pretty soon, you lose sight of everything else."

Violence -- Plentiful, in animated form.

Language -- Very clean.

Sex -- There's one relationship that might go somewhere, not involving a turtle.

Drugs -- Heavens no.

Parents advisory -- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back to train another generation to love violent martial-arts movies. And that's taking the benign view.

The Last Mimzy

Rating -- PG

What it's about -- Children find a box filled with magical tools bringing a message from the future.

The kid attractor factor -- Young children develop extraordinary powers, try to save the day.

Good lessons/bad lessons -- Kids shouldn't keep secrets from their parents, and adults should spend less time at work and more time listening to their children.

Violence -- A black-suited SWAT team bursts into a family home.

Language -- Pretty clean.

Sex -- A teacher's bare bottom is almost shown.

Drugs -- None.

Parents advisory -- Not remotely as moving or as exciting as E.T., but that's what they were aiming for, not a bad goal for a kid's movie to have.

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