'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'
Rating: PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language
What it's about: A boy tries to make sense of his dad's death on 9/11 by going on a quest in search of the lock a key his father left behind fits.
The kid attractor factor: A child is the hero, and 9/11 is seen from a child's confused point of view.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "Every day is a miracle." "If things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding."
Violence: The 9/11 subtext and images from it are a part of the story.
Language: A smattering of profanity
Parents' advisory: A 9/11 movie that flirts with "cute" and "precious," it's also a very accessible way for kids to process that piece of history, Suitable for 11-and-up.
'Man on a Ledge'
Rating: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language
What it's about: A man unjustly imprisoned breaks out, climbs on a ledge and tries to prove his innocence.
The kid attractor factor: It's a heist picture and stars Sam Worthington.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes, all it takes is one person to believe you for good to triumph over evil.
Violence: Shootouts, car chases, fisticuffs.
Language: Blasts of profanity, here and there.
Sex: Comically over-the-top cleavage.
Drugs: Alcoholism is hinted, cigarettes are consumed.
Parents' advisory: Pretty tame content for an action picture, OK for 10-and-up.