A parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for brief mild language
What it's about: In the early '70s, a woman breaks into the elite ranks of America's horse breeders with that one-in-a-million Thoroughbred, Secretariat.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Horses, horse racing and wacky John Malkovich
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Run your race."
Language: Disney clean
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: Not as sentimental, sweet or funny as Seabiscuit but family-friendly and suitable for all ages.
'Life as We Know It'
Rating: PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content
What it's about: A couple of mismatched friends of the family are forced to raise an infant — and get along as they do it.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Diaper jokes, inept parenting gags, Katherine Heigl
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Having somebody help you doesn't mean you failed."
Language: Some profanity
Sex: Approached, considered, discussed
Drugs and alcohol: Pot brownies, for those who like to bake and be baked.
Parents' advisory: Probably over the heads of 10-and-youngers, the language and pot gags make it a 13-and-older romantic comedy.