A parents' guide to select new movies:
'The Tale of Despereaux'
What it's about: A mouse reads books of chivalry and learns to be brave and noble, and not to cower.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Winning animation, with mice, cats, rats and a princess in distress.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Many good ones, the biggest being "No one starts out afraid" in life.
Violence: Sword fights, a cat attack.
Language: Disney clean.
Parents' advisory: The film of Kate DiCamillo's award-winning book has life lessons about tolerance, courage, honesty and common sense that most parents can get behind.
Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity.
What it's about: A glum loner's life changes when a motivational speaker orders him to "say yes" to everything.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, slapstick and a bit of off-color humor.
Good lessons/bad lessons: When you say "yes," you can't avoid helping others, you start taking chances and "you embrace the possible."
Violence: A bar fight with comic punches thrown.
Language: Nothing too rough.
Sex: Hospital gown nudity.
Drugs: Booze is abused, as is Red Bull.
Parents' advisory: Fairly chaste, but the life lessons and one really crude sex joke make this more appropriate for teens than pre-teens.