A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'
Rating: PG for some rude humor and language.
What it's about: A boy narrates his comically nightmarish misadventures from his first year in middle school.
The Kid Attractor Factor: The best-selling books come to life, or at least to the big screen.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "It's our choices that make us who we are."
Violence: Bullies threaten.
Language: Trips to the toilet using the milder words one uses there.
Sex: Boys stumble toward that age when they notice girls.
Parents' advisory: Funny, irreverent, pretty faithful to the tween-centered books, this is very family-friendly, potty breaks notwithstanding.
'The Bounty Hunter'
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, including suggestive comments, language and some violence
What it's about: A bounty hunter tries to bring in his ex-wife, who skipped bail and missed her court date.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Gerard Butler, a once and future Spartan. And Jennifer Aniston.
Good lessons/bad lessons: If the couple is incompatible, handcuffs won't help.
Violence: Quite a lot of it — shootings and beatings.
Language: Lots of profanity, much of it from Aniston.
Sex: Threatened, discussed.
Drugs: Alcohol is consumed.
Parents' advisory: Too crass and violent for 12-and-youngers; PG-13 seems right on the mark.
Rating: PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking
What it's about: A troubled young man finds love and purpose in the love of a girl he dates on a dare.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Robert Pattinson, right, from Twilight, in a romantic role without fangs.
Good lessons/bad lessons: When a guy asks you out while looking as if he just got beat up, run.
Violence: More than you'd expect.
Language: Some profanity, not much.
Drugs and alcohol: RPattz drinks beer and smokes almost incessantly.
Parents' advisory: Not even remotely as clever or deep as it seems to think it is, this is a gateway drama for Pattinson fans aging out of teen vampire tales.