Rating The Hot-Weather Hopefuls

Hollywood hopes to have a G (great) summer with a lot of PG (pretty good) movies

SUMMER MOVIES ARRIVE THIS YEAR WEARing a big Smile button. In a kinder, gentler mood (and facing a shrinking, glutted market), moguls have resolved to appeal to the widest possible audience. So the violence in action movies gets toned down one calculated notch, to snag a PG or PG-13 rating, and sex is soft-focused into romance.

The industry's favorite new four-letter words are kids and love. Children have prominent roles in a half a dozen summer films, and one look at the demographic charts tells you why. "Baby boomers are having children," notes Universal boss Tom Pollock, "and once those kids...

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