A parents' guide to select new movies:
'The Spy Next Door'
Rating: PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor.
What it's about: Jackie Chan is a spy who baby-sits the neighbor kids while defending the world from an arch-villain.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: Martial arts fights and gags, spyware, smart-mouthed kids.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Family isn't whose blood you carry. It's who you love and who loves you."
Violence: Gunplay, comic martial arts brawls.
Language: No profanity.
Sex: Jackie Chan does a little smooching.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: Jackie Chan is always kid-safe, unless Chris Tucker is in the movie with him.
'The Lovely Bones'
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.
What it's about: A murdered teen narrates the tale of her death and her family's life after it.
The Kid Attractor Factor: It's about kids, and it's by fantasy director Peter Jackson (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings).
Good lessons/bad lessons: "You're not supposed to look back. You're supposed to go forward."
Violence: A girl is lured on camera, and murdered off camera.
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Young romance, and the crime itself has a sexual nature.
Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol and cigarettes.
Parents' advisory: Entirely too creepy and intense for very young children, and kids younger than 12 might be bored by this after-life thriller and fairy tale.