A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Marley and Me'
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Rating: PG for thematic material, some suggestive content and language.
What it's about: A married couple adopt a dog whose bad behavior grows on them as they raise their family.
The Kid Attractor Factor: A dog. And Owen Wilson.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't bother to train your dog and you just might get a best-seller out of it.
Language: A smattering of profanity, nothing too extreme.
Sex: Discussed, and not just of the leg-humping variety.
Drugs: Doggie sedatives.
Parents' advisory: More adult and less cute, cuddly and small-child friendly than you'd expect from a movie with a dog in the title.
Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and mild language.
What it's about: A goofy uncle tells stories to his nephew and niece, and they edit those stories into events that come true.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Slapstick, a bug-eyed hamster, flatulence jokes — sounds like an Adam Sandler film.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Your fun is only limited by your imagination."
Language: Lots and lots of profanity.
Sex: None, though a va-va-voom Paris Hilton clone plays a role.
Parents' advisory: Kid-friendly, but chatty and slow; this doesn't offer much to anybody older than 10.