A parents' guide to select new movies:
'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'
Rating: PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references
What it's about: A nerdy guy has to defeat a woman's seven evil ex-lovers to court her.
The Kid Attractor Factor: A comic book adaptation with comic book sensibilities, video game visuals and Michael Cera
Good lessons/bad lessons: The "mysterious ones" are more trouble than they're worth.
Violence: Broad, comically exaggerated and plentiful
Language: Bursts of profanity, with much of it bleeped out for comic effect
Sex: Discussed, pursued
Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol
Parents' advisory: This gonzo action comedy is a brawl and an F-bomb shy of an R-rating, but it is jokey enough to be OK for kids 13 and older.
'Step Up 3D'
Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language
What it's about: New York kids compete, in 3D, in epic break-dance battles in this almost-romance.
The Kid Attractor Factor: Step Up is a proven brand for teen screen dance musicals.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Just be true to who you are."
Violence: A near-brawl
Language: Mild profanity
Sex: Suggestive song lyrics and dancing, nothing more
Drugs and alcohol: None
Parents' advisory: Far closer to a PG than a PG-13, this is fine for ages 10 and older.