A parents' guide to select new movies:
Rating: G — for gearhead
What it's about: That race car and his four-wheeled pals get mixed up in international intrigue when he signs on to a grand prix circuit.
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The Kid Attractor Factor: They own the toys, they remember the first movie.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Whoever finds a friend finds a treasure."
Violence: Cars are crushed and blown up.
Language: Disney clean
Sex: Not a hint
Drugs and alcohol: Not even fuel additives
Parents' advisory: Noisier and faster-paced than the first film, this one is suitable for all ages, especially boys 5 to 8 years old.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action
What it's about: A swinging single test pilot learns responsibility when he is chosen to join an elite corps that battles evil.
The Kid Attractor Factor: A legendary comic book, a lot of green-tinted special effects and Ryan Reynolds
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Face up to your fears;'" accept your responsibilities.
Violence: Lots and lots
Language: A generous scattering of profanity
Sex: No, but we do see the morning after.
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: Darker in tone than the summer's other comic-book fare, this suits a 12-and-older comic-book audience best.
Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel