'The Secret World of Arrietty'

Rating: G.

What it's about: A rebellious wee person -- "Borrower" -- endangers her family and their lives inside the walls of an old house when she is seen by a sickly human-size boy her own age.

The kid attractor factor: It's anime, based on a classic children's book, "The Borrowers," and is about kids.

Good lessons / bad lessons: "Sometimes it's best not to go looking for danger."

Violence: Animated attacks by birds, nosy grown-ups and a cat.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Not on your life.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: Lovely to look at, this Studio Ghibli film is aimed strictly at the younger set -- best suited to 10 and under.

 

'This Means War'

Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language

What it's about: Two best-friend spies court the same woman.

The kid attractor factor: Lots of spy vs. spy action, and lots of winks by "Star Trek's" new Captain Kirk (Chris Pine).

Good lessons / bad lessons: "Don't choose the better guy. Choose the guy who's going to make you the better girl."

Violence: Lots and lots. Shootouts, a jokey torture scene, etc.

Language: A decent dose of profanity.

Sex: Yes, but not that graphic.

Drugs: Alcohol, assorted knock-out drugs.

Parents' advisory: The adult content and the nature of the violence remind us this was edited from an R to a PG-13. Suitable for 13 and up. Barely.