A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'
Rating: PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language.
What it's about: A troubled teen discovers that he's the son of a Greek god and goes on a quest to rescue his mom.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: Supernatural action, supernatural creatures and a more than passing resemblance to the Harry Potter movies
Good lessons/bad lessons: Mom sacrifices so much for you; maybe give a little back.
Violence: Swordfights and the like.
Language: When you're stuck in the Hades part of the movie, words are said.
Sex: Flirty teens.
Drugs and alcohol: Lotus flowers get everybody buzzed, but there's a lesson in that.
Parents' advisory: Surprisingly violent, a bit much for 8-and-unders.
Rating: PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity.
What it's about: Assorted couples and would-be couples try to pull it together in time for "the most romantic day of the year."
The Kid Attractor Factor: An all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx, Kathy Bates and Julia Roberts.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Fall in love with your friend. It saves time and heartache.
Language: Quite clean, considering.
Sex: Teens plan it, with near-nudity played for laughs.
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: A bit risqué for tweens, but teens might learn something about love.