A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Mr. Popper's Penguins'
Rating: PG for mild, rude humor and some language
What it's about: A workaholic, real-estate developer learns about family when penguins come into his life.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: Chances are, they've had the book read to them, plus it stars Jim Carrey and lots of cute penguins.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Put your heart out there. It might get broken, but that's how you know you have one."
Violence: Penguin pecking
Language: Penguin potty jokes
Parents' advisory: The penguin poo makes this one skew very young, although the wordplay might amuse older kids. OK for 5 and older.
'The Art of Getting By'
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying
What it's about: A boy-meets-girl tale in which the boy is depressed over his mortality, and the girl is willing to overlook that.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore, two attractive young stars with large followings
Good lessons/bad lessons: Take a breath; take your time; life doesn't have to be lived in a rush.
Language: Some profanity
Drugs: Teen drinking
Parents' advisory: Not a romantic comedy, just a romance — sort of — in the Juno mold. OK for kids old enough to be thinking about romance — 13 and older.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel