Parents guide: 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,' 'Valentine's Day,' 'The Wolfman'

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'Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'

Rating: PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language

What it's about: A troubled teen discovers he's actually the son of a Greek god and goes on a quest to rescue his mom.

The kid attractor factor: Supernatural action, supernatural creatures and a more than passing resemblance to the Harry Potter movies

Good lessons/bad lessons: Mom sacrifices so much for you, maybe give a little back.

Violence: Swordfights and the like

Language: When you're stuck in Hades part of the movie, words are said

Sex: Flirty teens

Drugs: Lotus flowers get everybody buzzed, but there's a lesson in that.

Parents' advisory: Surprisingly violent, a bit much for 8-and-unders

'Valentine's Day'

Rating: PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity

What it's about: Assorted couples and would-be couples try to pull it together in time for "the most romantic day of the year."

The kid attractor factor: An all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx, Kathy Bates and Julia Roberts

Good lessons/bad lessons: Fall in love with your friend. It saves time and heartache.

Violence: None

Language: Quite clean, considering

Sex: Teens plan it, with near nudity played for laughs

Drugs: None

Parents' advisory: A bit risqué for tweens, but teens might learn something about love.

'The Wolfman'

Rating: R for bloody horror violence and gore

What it's about: A hairy beast stalks the moors, slaughtering with impunity.

The kid attractor factor: Hairy beasts slaughtering

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't blame the Gypsies. And staying at home when the moon is full is never a bad idea.

Violence: Graphic — beheadings, disembowelings, dismemberments

Language: No profanity

Sex: Partial nudity

Drugs: Lots of needles, a few pints are consumed.

Parents' advisory: Old fashioned in some ways, but nightmarishly graphic in its violence — not suitable for 14-and-under.

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