A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action
What it's about: A young warrior-prince and a fetching damsel scamper across the desert sands to keep a magical dagger out of the hands of villains who would control time.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: See above. And it's based on a popular video game.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "We make our own destiny." And Persians love avoiding their taxes, too.
Violence: Quite a bit, nothing that bloody, although one "poisoning" scene is pretty gross.
Language: There's no profanity in Persia.
Sex: A little smooching between the smoochable Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: Quite kid-friendly, all in all, and certainly suitable for 10 and older.
'Sex and the City 2'
Rating: R for some strong sexual content and language
What it's about: More sex, different cities
The Kid Attractor Factor: The titillating title, the shopping, the sex, the city
Good lessons/bad lessons: Maybe an "our own rules" marriage is not a marriage at all.
Violence: An arrest
Language: Pro-fanity. Uttered by pros.
Sex: Noisy, enthusiastic, infrequent
Drugs and alcohol: A little hookah-smoking and a lot of drinking
Parents' advisory: It can work as a mother-daughter outing with your teenage girls, 16 and older. You'll be undoing bad messages on the way home, though.