A parents guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for brief rude humor, mild language and action.
What it's about: A loser and would-be travel writer is sucked into a world of tiny people where he can be heroic, successful and admired.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Jack Black and lots of teeny-tiny people in 3-D, with the odd butt-crack joke.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Put yourself out there." But don't plagiarize.
Violence: Slapstick, shots to the groin, etc.
Language: A brief dissertation on the A-word, attached to the prefix "lame."
Sex: None, though a lengthy pee-to-put-out-a-fire bit should count.
Drugs and alcohol: None.
Parents' advisory: More family friendly than your typical Jack Black farce, with the effects and humor aimed very young. OK for 8 and older.
Rating: PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content.
What it's about: The hapless male nurse is now a success, but does he earn more respect from his family and father-in-law?
The Kid Attractor Factor: Ben Stiller slapstick, 5-year-olds projectile vomiting.
Good lessons/bad lessons: When it comes to families, "We've got our thing, and it works."
Violence: A big brawl finale.
Language: Son of a this, helluva that, and ongoing puns on the Focker family name.
Sex: Discussed, suggested, with an overdone erectile dysfunction gag.
Drugs and alcohol: Jessica Alba gets drunk.
Parents' advisory: Don't be the parent whose kids teach my kids dirty words in elementary school. For 13 and older only.