Rating: PG for some peril and action.
What it's about: Cranky old man and chatty little boy float into great adventures in a house suspended from balloons.
kid attractor factor: Two words: "Disney" and "Pixar."
Good lessons/bad lessons: The real adventure is the life you live while waiting for your "big" adventure.
Violence: Dog attacks, dogfights, shots are fired.
Language: Disney clean.
Parents' advisory: A winning blend of sentiment and whimsy that parents won't mind taking the 10-and-unders to.
'Drag Me To Hell'
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language.
What it's about: A banker is cursed and spends three days avoiding being dragged to you-know-where.
kid attractor factor: Alison Lohman and PG-13 horror, catnip to kids.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Foreclosing on a gypsy could get you cursed (and, no, that's not a good lesson).
Violence: Horrific, but with little blood or gore.
Language: Some mild.
Parents' advisory: Teen-friendly, not too violent, though the gypsy stereotyping might be offensive to some.