'New Year's Eve'

Rating: PG-13 for language including some sexual references.

What it's about: Assorted New Yorkers stumble toward that magical moment at midnight when a kiss signals the hope of a New Year.

The kid attractor factor: Lea Michele, Ashton Kutcher and Abigail Breslin are among those in search of a midnight kiss.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Remember, follow your heart!"

Violence: A few Katherine Heigl slaps.

Language: A smattering of profanity, including one big, loud f-bomb.

Sex: Barely a hint of it.

Drugs: Champagne, of course.

Parents' advisory: That one comic f-bomb is all that keeps this comedy from being PG; too long for the very young, but suitable for 10-and-up.

'The Artist'

Rating: PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture.

What it's about: A Hollywood romantic hero's career fades and a starlet's career soars at the beginning of the sound film era.

The kid attractor factor: Broad, hammy acting, obvious Hollywood fakery and slapstick comedy.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Tastes and the public mood change, and if you don't adjust, you'll be obsolete.

Violence: An accident.

Language: One obscene gesture.

Sex: Flirted with, but quite chaste.

Drugs: Cigarettes, alcohol.

Parents' advisory: If you can talk your kids into seeing a silent, black-and-white comic-melodrama, they just might enjoy it. Suitable for 10-and-up.