A guide to movies from a family perspective

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"I Am Number Four"

-- Rated: PG-13.

-- Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

-- What you should know: Alex Pettyfer plays an alien masquerading as a regular teen and on the run from killer enemies. Most of the movie was shot in Western Pennsylvania in 2010, and the cast also includes Dianna Agron from "Glee" and Timothy Olyphant. It's based on a book of the same name that could be the first in a series.

-- Language: A half-dozen mild expletives pop up.

-- Sexual situations and nudity: Some kisses are exchanged.

-- Violence/scary situations: The aliens hunting Pettyfer's character are scary, unnaturally tall creatures. Students are bullied, and people are kidnapped, injured or killed in confrontations, including one played out at a school. Some alien beasts are unleashed.

-- Drug or alcohol use: Nothing notable.


-- Rated: PG-13.

-- Suitable for: Teens and older.

-- What you should know: Liam Neeson plays an American botanist who loses part of his memory and all of his identity after a car accident in Berlin. The thriller's cast also includes January Jones, Diane Kruger, Bruno Ganz and Frank Langella.

-- Language: About four uses of profanity and a half-dozen milder four-letter words.

-- Sexual situations and nudity: The sounds of a couple having sex are heard through paper-thin apartment walls, and a couple share an intimate shower.

-- Violence/scary situations: A taxi careens through a wall on a bridge and into the water, nearly killing the passenger, and another accident and explosion take a deadly toll. People are murdered, and guns, knives, fists and poison are used as weapons. Neeson's character is caught in the scary situation of believing that another man has stolen his identity and life, but not knowing why.

-- Drug or alcohol use: An adult gulps some hard liquor and sips alcohol at cocktail receptions.

"The Eagle"

-- Rated: PG-13.

-- Suitable for: Teens and older.

-- What you should know: Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell star in an adaptation of the novel "The Eagle of the Ninth." Second-century Britain provides the backdrop for this tale about a master and a slave who venture beyond the known world on an obsessive quest.

-- Language: A couple of mildly naughty words.

-- Sexual situations and nudity: None.

-- Violence/scary situations: This is where the movie earns its rating, with fights to the death, beheadings -- you see the before and the aftermath -- shots of corpses, abuse of slaves and preparations for primitive surgery. There is also talk about 5,000 Romans who ventured into unconquered territory in northern Britain and were never seen again.

-- Drug or alcohol use: Adults consume what appears to be wine.

"Just Go With It"

-- Rated: PG-13.

-- Suitable for: Teens and older.

-- What you should know: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Brooklyn Decker star in a rom-com about a plastic surgeon who pretends to be on the brink of divorcing his assistant to win over a young single teacher.

-- Language: Pretty mild, a couple of four-letter words and crude term for "derriere."

-- Sexual situations and nudity: A couple wake up on the beach after apparently having sex. Sandler is a plastic surgeon who has to correct a woman's deflated breast implant and there are lots of jokes about a man's penile enlargement. A woman with her back to the camera opens her towel to show off her nude body, but the scene is relatively discreet. There is talk about sex and erectile dysfunction along with suggestive gestures.

-- Violence/scary situations: Played for laughs. Includes a man being hit in the crotch, some falls into mud or water or onto the floor, a few slaps or hits, plus kicks from an ailing animal.

-- Drug or alcohol use: Adults drink beer, wine and martinis.

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