TUMBLEWEEDS (PG-13, 100 minutes)
A less glamorous mother-daughter story than "Anywhere but Here" (another PG-13 now in theaters), "Tumbleweeds" is just as well acted but not as sentimental in its portrayal of a teen daughter who's more mature than her lovable but flaky mom. Teen audiences -- especially girls -- should find the story compelling. A grown-up PG-13, "Tumbleweeds" contains occasional profanity, sexual innuendo, jokes about masturbation and menstruation, smoking and drinking. Every time oft-wed Mary Jo's (British stage star Janet McTeer) love life falls apart, she and her daughter (Kimberly J. Brown) move. Now, just as they settle into a nice California town, Mary Jo takes up with a surly trucker and their tranquillity is threatened once again.
THE GREEN MILE (R, 182 minutes)
A mystical fable set in the Depression-era Deep South, "The Green Mile" tells a tale of innocence, even saintliness, in the midst of meanness. Acted by a crackerjack cast headed by Tom Hanks, and directed with visual magic, humor and deep feeling by Frank Darabont, "The Green Mile" is not appropriate for teens younger than high school age. It contains nauseating depictions of executions by electric chair, as well as gun and fist violence, profanity, racial slurs, crude sexual innuendo, toilet humor and non-sexual nudity.
In this adaptation of Stephen King's serialized novel, Hanks plays a death-row prison guard. When a 7-foot-tall African American man (wonderful Michael Clarke Duncan) arrives to await execution, he amazes them with his gentleness and miraculous healing powers. They can't imagine how he committed the horrendous child murders of which he was convicted. "The Green Mile" is both a social and spiritual parable.
DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO (R, 85 minutes)
"Saturday Night Live" alum Rob Schneider plays a dopey aquarium cleaner in this crass but occasionally hilarious doofus flick. Comic sexual situations, partial nudity, profanity and toilet humor make it problematic for kids under high school age, depending on parental views.
Deuce house-sits for a suave client, and after nearly torching his place, works as a gigolo to earn enough to repair the damage. His encounters with women allow for fat jokes, tall jokes, wooden leg jokes and Tourette's syndrome jokes, some of them quite droll.
LIBERTY HEIGHTS (R, 122 minutes)
Director Barry Levinson returns to his home ground in a smart, nostalgic, bittersweet comedy inspired by his childhood memories of Baltimore in the 1950s, with all the antisemitism and racism that entailed. (The other Baltimore films are "Diner," 1982, "Tin Men," 1987, both R's, and "Avalon," 1990, PG.) "Liberty Heights" may seem like ancient history to high-schoolers, but its tale of teen romance at the dawn of rock-and-roll could win them over. Inappropriate for kids under high school age, the film contains much crude sexual innuendo, understated sexual situations, suggestive dancing and scanty costumes at a burlesque house, ethnic and racial slurs, fighting, profanity and drinking.
The movie focuses on a close-knit Jewish family led by Nate (Joe Mantegna), who runs a legal burlesque theater and an illegal numbers game. Oldest son Van (Adrien Brody) and teenager Ben (Ben Foster) venture into hostile non-Jewish neighborhoods and meet new girls. Ben pushes taboos the hardest, becoming friends with an African American girl (Rebekah Johnson) in his newly integrated homeroom.
Okay for Most Kids
"Pokemon: The First Movie" (G). Ash and his cuddly Pokemon (Pocket Monster), Pikachu, confront cloned monster Mewtwo in bland animated feature based on TV show, computer game. Mass fistfight supposedly teaches fighting's bad; tots may worry to see Ash or Pikachu in danger. Okay for 5 and older.
"Toy Story 2" (G). Clever, touching sequel has cowboy doll Woody kidnapped by toy collector, as Buzz Lightyear and fellow toys go to rescue. Idea that kids outgrow toys, leaving toys lonely could upset littlest; some kids spooked by idea of toys coming to life. Better for 6 and up.
"The World Is Not Enough." Pierce Brosnan's Bond goes after mad terrorist in fast, funny 007 adventure. Understated bedroom scenes; verbal sexual innuendo; action sequences seem to endanger bystanders too much; fistfights, gunplay.
"Felicia's Journey." Haunting story of Irish girl in trouble, befriended by seemingly harmless Englishman, played by Bob Hoskins, who's actually a killer. Reference to murders, but no violence shown; suicide; out-of-wedlock pregnancy; abortion theme.
"Flawless." Robert De Niro as macho guy forced to take singing lessons from drag queen as post-stroke speech therapy in buddy flick with tired crime subplot. Strong profanity, homophobic slurs; sexuality issues; sexual innuendo; suicide considered; gunplay, fights. High-schoolers.
"Sleepy Hollow." Johnny Depp as a prissy Ichabod Crane chases Headless Horseman in neat, darkly comic Tim Burton adaptation of Washington Irving tale. Nightmarish scene shows boy hiding while Horseman kills his parents; beheadings; gunfire, fights, semi-explicit sexual situation. High-schoolers.