"Fever Pitch" (PG-13, 1 hour, 38 minutes)
Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore light up the screen as co-stars in this amiable romantic comedy about Ben, a schoolteacher, and Lindsey, a female executive, who fall madly in love. They hit a snag, though, when Ben's all-consuming passion for the Boston Red Sox turns him into another person during baseball season -- the sort who yells like an idiot into a TV camera in praise of his team. The movie contains occasional crude language and profanity, a funny/gross sequence about vomit, plenty of mild sexual innuendo (by today's PG-13 standards), and a few passionate kissing scenes leading up to merely implied sexual situations and morning-after cuddles. A possible unplanned pregnancy becomes a brief subplot. Flashbacks to Ben's childhood deal with his parents' divorce and his depression, cured by trips with an uncle to Boston's Fenway Park.
"Sahara" (PG-13, 2 hours, 4 minutes)
"Sahara" starts out as a reasonably diverting, if unoriginal and instantly forgettable, adventure flick.
Based on a novel by Clive Cussler, the disjointed story is all about chases, battles and ancient mysteries that are run, fought and unearthed by the testosteronically named hero, Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey).
Beyond the ratings game
6 and older:
"Robots" PG -- Ewan McGregor supplies the voice of young inventor Rodney Copperbottom who leads fellow robots in nonviolent revolt against evil robotics executive, voiced by Greg Kinnear. Mild sexual innuendo about making robot babies; flatulence gags; robot pierced with screws, wears "Got Screwed" sign; Aunt Fanny robot has huge derriere; hellish underground shop where old 'bots are melted down could scare youngest.
8 and older:
"Ice Princess" G -- Michelle Trachtenberg stars as a physics whiz who studies aerodynamics of figure skating for a science project and suddenly burns to become a serious skater; understated sexual innuendo, flirting, a kiss; skating rivals say destructive things, slam into one another; overambitious parents harangue kids.
"Beauty Shop" -- Queen Latifah stars in "Barbershop" spinoff. Strong sexual innuendo, sometimes escalating into explicit slang about sex acts, organs; profanity, homophobic humor, racial jibes; talk of breast implants; drinking. Not for middle-schoolers.
"Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" -- Sandra Bullock returns as klutzy tomboy FBI agent Gracie Hart. Head-banging fights; non-lethal gunplay; near-drowning; rare profanity; crude humor; sexual innuendo; jokes about tampons, cramps, fake breasts. Teens.
"Guess Who" -- Amusing but unambitious mainstream comedy reverses "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" concept with Bernie Mac starring as proud family man who is chagrined when his daughter brings home a white boyfriend. Lots of fairly mild sexual innuendo; homophobic humor; one crude joke about alleged differences between black and white men's penises; occasional profanity; racial jokes ranging from mild to mean; characters get drunk. Teens.
"Frank Miller's Sin City" -- Visually stunning but brutal, sadistic rendering of stories from Frank Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels starring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke. Violence is ultra-stylized but feels real: heads, limbs lopped off, odd-colored blood, shootings, electrocution, whipping, skulls smashed, people shoved into toilets, gun suicide. 17 and up.