Family Film Guide: 'Cloverfield,' '27 Dresses,' 'Mad Money'

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The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:
'Cloverfield'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: High school students and older.

What you should know: A preview was attached to "Transformers" in July, inspiring an Internet campaign about the then-untitled movie that proves to be "Godzilla" meets "The Blair Witch Project." A monster attacks New York on the night 20-somethings hold a farewell party for a friend, and they document it all with a camcorder.

Language: Lots of use of the four-letter s-word.

Sexual situations and nudity: A woman, in bed with a strategically placed sheet, wakes up after spending the night with a man. When he points a video camera her way, she jokes, "I could just see this ending up on the Internet."

Violence/scary situations: Lots of both as a monster and smaller parasites attack and landmarks are destroyed and people injured or killed.

Drug or alcohol use: Partygoers drink beer, wine and other alcohol.

'27 Dresses'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Mature tweens and older.

What you should know: Katherine Heigl plays a woman who has been a bridesmaid 27 times. She's secretly in love with her boss, who falls for her sister. If that weren't trouble enough, a nosy newspaper reporter is intrigued by her always-a-bridesmaid life.

Language: Heigl ducks outside to scream a 12-letter obscenity, although noise drowns out the back half of the word. A dozen mild expletives are used.

Sexual situations and nudity: Couples kiss passionately and, in one case, spend the night together although that is not shown. There are jokes about hot sex and wedding party hookups.

Violence/scary situations: Mild. A woman falls and bangs her head, another delivers a bracing slap, and a car slides off the road in a rainstorm.

Drug or alcohol use: Lots of booze is consumed.

'Mad Money'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Tweens and above.

What you should know: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes are Federal Reserve Bank employees who plot to steal worn-out money headed for the shredder.

Language: Scattered mild profanity and at least one exclamation of "Jesus."

Sexual situations and nudity: A man advises a colleague to "howl at the bitches," jokes are made about a stretch of sexual abstinence, and couples canoodle.

Violence/scary situations: Although there is an explosion and a police chase, it's generally mild.

Drug or alcohol use:Adults drink beer, champagne and other alcoholic beverages.



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