Family reviews: 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie,' 'The Help'

August 12, 2011 

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie'

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 and alcohol: 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.

'The Help'

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 spouse abuse, old TV news coverage

Language: A smattering of Old South profanity, racial epithets

Sex: None

Drugs and alcohol: 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.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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