Family reviews: 'Gnomeo and Juliet,' 'The Eagle'

A parents guide to select new movies:

'Gnomeo & Juliet'

Rating: G

What it's about: English garden gnomes from neighboring homes feud until a young couple from opposing sides fall in love.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Animated garden gnomes. And Shakespeare. Kids love Shakespeare.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "It's doomed. That's the best kind of romance."

Violence: Gnomes don't die. They're shattered.

Language: "Let's go kick some grass."

Sex: A long-delayed smooch

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: OK for all ages. Adults who know their Shakespeare and their Elton John songs (he produced it and did the score) will be amused. Kids are there for the gnomes.

'The Eagle'

Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images

What it's about: The son of a missing legion commander seeks his father's eagle standard.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Channing Tatum in a skirt, Roman battles with barbarians

Good lessons/bad lessons: "No man should ever have to beg for his life."

Violence: Plentiful, with Roman Empire surgery, but not overly gory

Language: Mild profanity — and not much of it

Sex: None.

Drugs and alcohol: A little wine

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