Movie News & Reviews

Family reviews: 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,' 'Step Up 3D'

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.

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