A parents guide to select new movies:
Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.
What it's about: A child finds an alternate version of her life behind the walls of her new home. But is it a better version?
The Kid Attractor Factor: Dark wit and 3-D stop-motion animation.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Just because they're busy and distracted, that doesn't mean your parents don't love you.
Violence: It's threatened.
Language: Child mild.
Sex: "Suggestive humor," quite tame.
Parents' advisory: If you've raised them on The Nightmare Before Christmas, they're ready for this.
'The Pink Panther 2'
Rating: PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action.
What it's about: A thief is stealing the world's most precious objects, so Inspector Clouseau joins a "dream team" of detectives to try and solve the case.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Slapstick comedy, and lots of it.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Deductive reasoning is best left to professionals.
Violence: Rednecks assault the drama teacher.
Language: Quite clean.
Sex: Leering innuendo.
Drugs: Wine is spilled.
Parents' advisory: A little more small-child friendly than the first Steve Martin Panther.