Rating: PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence.
What it’s about: A teen lets a pal talk him into accepting a drug shipment, and the kid’s dad has to go undercover to get his son’s federal prison sentence reduced.
The kid attractor factor: Dwayne “The Rock" Johnson, fighting drug dealers, driving tractor trailers.
Good lessons/ bad lessons: Minimum mandatory sentencing means you make a single drug-related mistake, your life is ruined.
Violence: A few shootouts with bloody consequences.
Language: Profanity, but not as much as you might think.
Drugs: Sold, shipped, and cocaine is sniffed.
Parents’ advisory: A reasonably realistic portrayal of what happens when civilians get mixed up in the drug trade, suitable for 13 and older.
‘ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH’
Rating: PG for action and some mild rude humor.
What it’s about: Aliens who “come in peace" find themselves abducted, held captive in Area 51 and in need of rescue.
The kid attractor factor: Aliens and spaceships.
Good lessons/ bad lessons: Looking out for you, “that’s what brothers do." And beware the Slurpee “brain freeze."
Violence: Some, mostly of the cartoon slapstick variety.
Language: Squeaky clean.
Sex: Not a hint.
Drugs: Tranquilizer darts.
Parents’ advisory: A mash-up of “Planet 51" and “Monsters vs. Aliens," inoffensive to all ages.