Parents guide to new movie releases:
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor.
What it’s about: A married fox decides to revisit the thieving ways of his youth, with potentially deadly consequences.
The kid attractor factor: Stop-motion animation, just like in Coraline.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “There’s something kind of fantastic about being different.”
Violence: Against chickens, mostly. And a fox loses his tail.
Language: A new way for kids to swear “What the cuss are you talking about?”
Parents’ advisory: Kids will dig the screwy animation and action, adults the whimsy and the droll wit of Roald Dahl and Wes Anderson.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON
Rating: PG-13 for some violence and action.
What it’s about: A high school girl can’t have her one true love because he’s a vampire.
The kid attractor factor: Necking with the undead, a real teen turn-on.
Good lessons/bad lessons: “You can’t trust a vampire.” But a gentleman vampire never bites a neck he isn’t offered, even if he is offered.
Violence: Vampire on wolf, vampire on vampire, the threat of vampire on human.
Language: Romance-novel clean.
Sex: Even more virginal than Twilight.
Parents’ advisory: The eroticism and sexual tension of the first film is mostly missing here. It is suitable for 10 and up.
— McClatchy-Tribune Information Services