Family reviews: 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' 'The Art of Getting By'

June 16, 2011 

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

Rating: PG for mild, rude humor and some language

What it's about: A workaholic, real-estate developer learns about family when penguins come into his life.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Chances are, they've had the book read to them, plus it stars Jim Carrey and lots of cute penguins.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Put your heart out there. It might get broken, but that's how you know you have one."

Violence: Penguin pecking

Language: Penguin potty jokes

Sex: None

Drugs: Champagne

Parents' advisory: The penguin poo makes this one skew very young, although the wordplay might amuse older kids. OK for 5 and older.

'The Art of Getting By'

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying

What it's about: A boy-meets-girl tale in which the boy is depressed over his mortality, and the girl is willing to overlook that.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore, two attractive young stars with large followings

Good lessons/bad lessons: Take a breath; take your time; life doesn't have to be lived in a rush.

Violence: None

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Discussed

Drugs: Teen drinking

Parents' advisory: Not a romantic comedy, just a romance — sort of — in the Juno mold. OK for kids old enough to be thinking about romance — 13 and older.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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