9 and Older
"Sky High" (PG). Funny, inventive live-action flick deftly blends and spoofs teen dating comedies and superhero movies; Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), son of Commander Stronghold (Kurt Russell) and Josie Jetstream (Kelly Preston), enters Sky High, a high school for superheroes' kids, with no special powers to distinguish him; he and childhood pal, Layla (Danielle Panabaker), and friends land in lowly sidekick class, until Will finds his strength. Comic-book-style mayhem, bullying -- no one gets hurt; characters hurtle through walls, burst into flame, fly, melt, shape-shift, run like the wind, stretch to silly lengths, but aren't scary; mild sexual innuendo, toilet humor. Older kids will get more gags.
PG-13s and an Unrated Film
"Red Eye." Neatly concocted thriller with understated violence about young woman (Rachel McAdams) who learns the cute guy (Cillian Murphy) next to her on a bumpy flight is a terrorist who will have her father killed unless she calls the hotel where she works and orders a government bigwig moved to a different room, to facilitate an assassination. Mild mayhem includes gunplay, a throat stabbing, head-banging fights, white-knuckle turbulence; rare profanity; mild sexual innuendo; subtle verbal recollection of a sexual assault. Not for preteens.
"Supercross: The Movie." Monumentally mind-numbing sports saga about two brothers (Steve Howey and Mike Vogel) who compete at champion Supercross motorbike racing -- their triumphs, their heartbreaks, their bike brakes, their valves; banal and interminable -- an endless sports montage with bad dialogue. Brief, non-explicit sexual situations; other milder innuendo; implied toplessness; racer autographs one scantily clad groupie's chest; profanity.
"The Skeleton Key." Kate Hudson stars in illogical, accidentally funny thriller as hospice nurse who suspects the wife (Gena Rowlands) of her stroke patient (John Hurt) is dabbling in southern Louisiana "hoodoo" folk magic. Understated violence includes disturbing flashback to a lynching, an attempted strangulation, badly broken legs; a preserved fetus of indeterminate species, animal skulls; chopping up a newly killed bird; subtly implied toplessness; rare profanity; drinking, smoking; occult themes may incur religious objections.
"The Dukes of Hazzard." Crude, pointless-but- entertaining update of TV series, with Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville as cousins Bo and Luke Duke of Hazzard, Ga., evading cops to deliver moonshine for Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson), protecting buxom cousin Daisy's (Jessica Simpson) honor, racing Bo's beloved Dodge Charger and learning why a crooked politico (Burt Reynolds) wants their land. Barnyard profanity, stronger oaths; sexual innuendo, scantily clad women; Daisy talks of "shaking" her behind to get men to obey; bawdy kissing scene with outer clothing tossed off; implied pot-smoking; high-speed chases, crashes; fights; drinking. Not for middle-schoolers.
"Four Brothers." Director John Singleton's energetic, urban revenge drama has charismatic turns by Andre Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund, but an utterly implausible, amoral, plot; four foster brothers go after Detroit gangsters they deem responsible for the death of their foster mother (Fionnula Flanagan). Much point blank gunplay -- some of it intense and bloody, but not exceptionally so for the genre; beatings; strong profanity; graphic, sometimes misogynistic sexual language; semi-explicit sexual situation; toilet humor; implied marijuana use; drinking; racial slur. 17 and older.
"Asylum." Well acted, if predictable melodrama about sexual obsession merging into insanity (based on novel by Patrick McGrath); a restless, unhappy wife (Natasha Richardson) has an affair with a patient (Marton Csokas) at the asylum where her husband (Hugh Bonneville) is a psychiatrist; Ian McKellen as another doctor who takes a manipulative interest in the illicit couple. Highly explicit sexual situations; semi-nudity; violent beating, threats; a child drowning and ensuing grief; verbal account of a brutal murder; drinking; smoking. 17 and older.
"Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo." Rob Schneider in lewd sequel to his 1999 doofus epic, "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo"; Deuce, now a widowed, jobless, ex-gigolo, goes to Amsterdam to see his pimp pal (Eddie Griffin) and work as a gigolo again; there, he becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. Highly profane, explicit sexual language, descriptions of sexual acts; less graphic but equally lewd verbal, visual sexual innuendo; toplessness, rear view nudity; countless penis and breast jokes; homophobic slurs, gags about deformities, mental illness, a prosthetic leg; marijuana use; talk of giving it to kids; muted violence except for a graphic view of one victim's charred face. No one younger than 17.