Movie News & Reviews

Family reviews: 'Alpha and Omega,' 'Easy A'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Alpha and Omega'

Rating: PG for rude humor and some mild action

What it's about: An alpha wolf is transported to a new wilderness with a non-alpha wolf with an idea that they will repopulate the park, which will never do.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Cute canines have adventures and make a few "mating" jokes.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Class differences can be overcome when "puppy love" is involved.

Violence: Dogfights

Language: Disney clean

Sex: Mating jokes, but vague ones

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: Harmless and kid-friendly in every way.

'Easy A'

Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material

What it's about: A teenager invents a promiscuous reputation for herself as a means of fitting in and uses that rep to help others become more visible in high school.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's Glee without the singing — sassy, sexually curious kids learn hard life lessons in the crucible of high school.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Infamy" is not the same thing as "fame."

Violence: None to speak of

Language: Some profanity

Sex: Basically, that's the subject here.

Drugs and alcohol: Some references, materials

Parents' advisory: The subject matter should give parents of 13-and-youngers pause. Its frankness makes it more appropriate for older teens — 15 and older.

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