‘PLAYING FOR KEEPS’
Rating: PG-13 for some sexual situations, language and a brief intense image.
What it’s about: A divorced and retired soccer star tries to “settle down" by coaching his kid’s soccer team, and discovers the temptations of “soccer moms."
The kid attractor factor: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, youth soccer.
Good lessons/ bad lessons: “Always respect your coach." And when it comes to parenting, “You just have to be there."
Violence: A shove-fight, played for laughs.
Language: Scattered profanity, lewd suggestions.
Sex: Nothing graphic.
Parents’ advisory: There’s a lot of kids’ soccer mixed in with the sexy women throwing themselves at the sexy Gerard Butler. An odd mix, but appropriate for 13 and older.
‘LIFE OF PI’
Rating: PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.
What it’s about: A teen, a tiger, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan survive a shipwreck and are stuck on the same lifeboat together.
The kid attractor factor: Critters and a kid in a survival story.
Good lessons/ bad lessons: “Hunger can change everything you ever thought you knew about yourself."
Violence: Animal-on-animal attacks, graphic enough to scare off the very young.
Language: Quite clean.
Sex: Perfectly chaste.
Drugs: None at all.
Parents’ advisory: As religious parables go, this one’s too long and entirely too dense for the very young. Suitable for 13 and older.