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Parents guide to new movie releases

August 10th, 2011 1:08 pm by Associated Press


Rating: PG for thematic elements, brief language and some sensuality

What it's about: The kids from the hit TV show appear, in character, in a concert of their greatest hits.

The kid attractor factor: It's your favorite actors playing high school underdogs, singing their little hearts out.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Don't stop. Believing. Hold on to that feeling."

Violence: Nope

Language: Pretty clean

Sex: One fleshy bump-and-grind number, lots of talk about sexuality

Drugs: Not in this high school — or this concert

Parents' advisory: If they're watching the show, they have already seen more sensuality and sexuality than this. Suitable for 8 and older.



Rating: PG-13 for thematic material

What it's about: The civil rights era as seen by black maids working for rich white people in 1960s Jackson, Miss.

The kid attractor factor: This subject is coming up in school this year, might as well see the movie before reading the book.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Ignorance and intolerance can be passed down, generation to generation.

Violence: Off-camera spousal abuse, old TV news coverage

Language: A smattering of Old South profanity, racial epithets

Sex: None

Drugs: A drunk scene, cigarettes

Parents' advisory: Profanity and adult themes aside, this is a must-see for school-age children in need of a history lesson. OK for 12 and older.


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