Movie News & Reviews

Family reviews: 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Hot Tub Time Machine'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'How to Train Your Dragon'

Rating: PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language.

What it's about: A Viking lad learns that slaying dragons is not the only way of coping with them.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A 3-D, animated film based on the popular children's books.

Good lessons/bad lessons: On parenting: "You can't stop him. You can only prepare him."

Violence: In a movie with Vikings and dragons? Yes! But comical.

Language: Oh, a few mild oaths here and there.

Sex: All the Viking lads want to get close to the Viking lass who looks like a Bratz doll.

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: A cartoon comedy with more sensitivity and heart than we usually get from Dreamworks; suitable for all ages.

'Hot Tub Time Machine'

Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language.

What it's about: Three burnouts and their teen traveling companion are sent back in time to see where their lives went wrong.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's a raunchy comedy that all their friends will be sneaking into.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Embrace the chaos of life."

Violence: Yes: Beat-downs, attempted suicide.

Language: Pretty raw.

Sex: Yes. The soapy kind.

Drugs and alcohol: Bongs and blow and booze aplenty.

Parents' advisory: The drugs, sex and bad 1980s rock 'n' roll add up to no way kids younger than 15 should be seeing this.

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