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Family reviews

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'The Tale of Despereaux'

Rating: G.

What it's about: A mouse reads books of chivalry and learns to be brave and noble, and not to cower.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Winning animation, with mice, cats, rats and a princess in distress.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Many good ones, the biggest being "No one starts out afraid" in life.

Violence: Sword fights, a cat attack.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: The film of Kate DiCamillo's award-winning book has life lessons about tolerance, courage, honesty and common sense that most parents can get behind.

'Yes Man'

Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual humor, language and brief nudity.

What it's about: A glum loner's life changes when a motivational speaker orders him to "say yes" to everything.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, slapstick and a bit of off-color humor.

Good lessons/bad lessons: When you say "yes," you can't avoid helping others, you start taking chances and "you embrace the possible."

Violence: A bar fight with comic punches thrown.

Language: Nothing too rough.

Sex: Hospital gown nudity.

Drugs: Booze is abused, as is Red Bull.

Parents' advisory: Fairly chaste, but the life lessons and one really crude sex joke make this more appropriate for teens than pre-teens.

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