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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.