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Parents guide to new movie releases

October 12th, 2011 3:35 pm by Associated Press

FOOTLOOSE

Rating: PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language

What it's about: A new kid in town tries to get the adults to allow organized dancing, which was banned after teens died in a car accident years before.

The kid attractor factor: Sexy young actors shaking their groove things, rebelling against grown-ups

Good lessons/bad lessons: You can't protect your kids from everything. You have to let them grow up.

Violence: A beat-down

Language: A smattering of profanity

Sex: Lots of bumping and grinding, on and off the dance floor

Drugs: Cigarettes, beer

Parents' advisory: If they're old enough to have seen the original film on TV, which was pretty racy for its day, this one won't hurt them. OK for 13 and older.

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THE BIG YEAR

Rating: PG for language and some sensuality

What it's about: Three competitive bird-watchers set out to break the record for most bird species seen in North America in a year. Mayhem ensues.

The kid attractor factor: Three kid-friendly comics chasing birds.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Step back and rethink your priorities, especially if you're putting bird-watching ahead of people.

Violence: None

Language: Birders have been known to curse when they miss a sighting.

Sex: A suggestion of an affair

Drugs: Wine with dinner

Parents' advisory: The adult themes, sex and profanity make this best left to those 15 and older.

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