Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan Starring: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Judith Scott, Zoe Saldana Rated: PG-13 for sex-related humor Parental Notes: This is a fairly innocuous film overall. There are some lewd references and some on-screen goofing around but nothing explicit.
Directed by: F. Gary Gray Starring: John Travolta, Uma thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Andre 3000, Robert Pastorelli, Christina Milian, Harvey Keitel, The Rock. Rated: PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and language including sexual references. Parental Notes: This film is fine for most pre-teens. It’s out of the interest range of kids who are too young for the violence and language.
Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendez, Kevin James, Amber Valletta Directed by: Andy Tennant Rated: PG-13 for language and some strong sexual references Parental Notes: This sweet romantic comedy has a good message (that any guy has a shot at happiness with any gal) and a light tone. Although it may not interest younger kids, those old enough to be interested in finding the guy or gal of their dreams will probably like it.
Directed by: Rob Bowman Starring: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Kirsten Prout, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Rated: PG-13 for action violence. Parental Notes: This is a fairly innocus PG-13, as far as violence goes. It
Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi. Directed by: Zhang Yimou Rated: PG-13 for sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality. Parental Notes: The super-stylized violence here is unlikely to be a problem for teens and mature youngsters, but there are two brief attempted-rape sequences which some may find distressing.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda Directed by: Martin Scorsese Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence. Parental Notes: Most of this film will be fine for preteens, though they may find its candid portrayal of Hughes
Directed by: Joel Schumacher Starring: Gerard Butler, Emily Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver Rated: PG-13 for brief violent images. Parental Notes: There isn
Directed by: Brett Ratner Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle Rated: PG-13 for sexuality, violence and language. Parental Notes: There’s some sensuality here, but nothing terribly explicit. This is probably a harmless film for preteens but not really aimed at those younger than about 12.
Originally written for The Milpitas Post Directed by: Mike Mitchell Starring: Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, Christina Applegate Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, language and a brief Parental Notes: There are some mature themes and swearing here but nothing preteens can’t handle. Young kinds probably won’t understand the humor, but teenagers with a cynical streak will probably enjoy it.