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Family reviews: ‘Australia,' ‘Four Christmases'

A parents' guide to select new movies:


Rating: PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language.

What it's about: A British woman fights to keep her land, her cattle, an Aboriginal boy and her man in this sweeping epic of World War II Oz.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Hugh Jackman, looking good on a horse and giving us that Wolverine scowl.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “Just because it is doesn't mean it should be.”

Violence: World War II, murders and a bar fight.

Language: A single F-bomb.

Sex: Nicole K. and Hugh J., discretely in the throes.

Drugs: Rum and bitters, mate.

Parents' advisory: A long, old-fashioned epic, pretty family friendly at that.


Rating: PG-13 for some sexual humor and language.

What it's about: A happy couple faces four nightmarish visits with divorced parents on Christmas Day.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, a bit of slapstick, a lot of banter.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Family comes first, but “You can't have families without the ‘lies.'”

Violence: Slapstick brawls.

Language: Some profanity, not much.

Sex: Hinted at in the opening.

Drugs: Alcohol for the holidays.

Parents' advisory: Barely earns its PG-13, reasonably family friendly.

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