A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore'
Rating: PG for animal action and humor
What it's about: Dogs spying on cats, cats trying to rule the world. The usual.
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The kid attractor factor: Cats and dogs talking, using spy gadgets
Good lessons/bad lessons: Dogs heroic, cats evil. Well, not all cats.
Language: Doggone clean
Sex: Butt sniffing
Parents' advisory: Harmless enough, this talking-critters comedy aims for the very youngest demographic.
'Charlie St. Cloud'
Rating: PG-13 for language, including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality
What it's about: A young man loses his kid brother, but stays in touch with the kid's ghost as he tries to meet a girl and move on in life.
The kid attractor factor: Zac Efron, not singing or dancing this time
Good lessons/bad lessons: "You can't put life on hold. It doesn't wait for you."
Violence: An accident, a fist fight
Language: About a dozen swear words
Sex: Implied, with a goofy tween masturbation joke
Drugs: Wine, liquor.
Parents' advisory: This young-adult romance hits that PG-13 in the bull's-eye — suitable for 13 and up.