Parents’ guide to new movie releases

In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures, E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny, voiced by Russell Brand, is shown in a scene from " Hop."


Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.

What it's about: Guy hits the Easter Bunny with his car and must help him recover and realize his rock 'n' roll dream.

The kid attractor factor: A smart-mouthed, rock-drumming animated bunny, and James Marsden, the goofy prince from "Enchanted."

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sooner or later, you will meet your destiny.

Violence: A car accident, mild cartoon peril.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Nary a hint.

Drugs: Nary a whiff.

Parents' advisory: Harmless, this blend of animation and live action is aimed at the very youngest filmgoers. Suitable for all ages.


Rating: PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language.

What it's about: A haunted house, a little boy "possessed" and parents trying to reason their way out of the horror.

The kid attractor factor: Good, clean frights.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Follow your mother's voice "home."

Violence: Brutal bare-handed assaults.

Language: A random and superfluous F-bomb.

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: Think "Poltergeist," and for heaven's sake, leave kids prone to nightmares at home. Otherwise, OK for 12 and older.