Rating: PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements.
What it’s about: France’s poor struggle to survive the depredations of the nobility and the pitiless blindness of the law.
The kid attractor factor: Hugh “Wolverine" Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne “Cat Woman" Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Sacha “Borat" Cohen, all singing.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Mercy and compassion are the supreme human virtues, and “to love another person is to see the face of God."
Violence: Gunshot wounds, stabbings, tooth extractions, bloody.
Language: Quite clean.
Sex: As explicit as PG-13 allows.
Drugs: Wine and more wine.
Parents’ advisory: Entirely too violent, sexual and intense for the very young, take the PG-13 seriously.
‘CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLD’S AWAY’
Rating: PG for some dramatic images and mild sensuality.
What it’s about: A 3D journey through the spectacular Cirque shows in permanent residence in Las Vegas.
The kid attractor factor: The dazzling performers and shows that kids never see — what with them being in Sin City and all.
Good lessons/bad lessons: Master mime or juggling or synchronized swimming and you too could be a Cirque star.
Violence: Stylized, nothing worth mentioning.
Language: There’s virtually no dialogue, and no profanity.
Sex: The costumes have a hint of sexy about them.
Parents’ advisory: Leotards and tights aside, this is entertainment clean enough for the whole family — OK for all ages, a bit slow for the very young to sit through.