A parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for some rude humor and language.
What it's about: Big, goofy, talking (to other dogs) great Dane endures his teen years in SoCal.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Big dog, small car. Big dog, small bubble bath. You get the picture.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes you change to fit in, sometimes others should change to fit you.
Violence: Canine slapstick
Language: Doggie trash talk — "Who's lickin' butt now?"
Drugs and alcohol: The dog and cat are tranquilized for a plane trip.
Parents' advisory: Utterly harmless, but probably too bland for anybody older than 10.
'Get Him to the Greek'
Rating: R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language
What it's about: A drunken, delusional has-been is escorted to a comeback concert by his biggest fan.
The Kid Attractor Factor: It has hints of Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall in it.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Choose your idols carefully, but they can still let you down.
Violence: Not really.
Language: Lots of profanity.
Sex: Yes, comically graphic.
Drugs and alcohol: More than you can imagine, and abused to comic effect.
Parents' advisory: The drug use should give even parents of "free range" teens pause. Take the R-rating seriously.