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Family reviews: ‘Hotel for Dogs,' ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

‘Hotel for Dogs'

Rating: PG for brief mild thematic elements, language and some crude humor.

What it's about: Orphaned kids take in and take care of stray dogs in an abandoned big city hotel.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Oodles of poodles, bushels of boxers, dozens of dachshunds.

Good lessons/bad lessons: There should be no such thing as an unwanted child, or dog.

Violence: Slapstick, though dogs that go to the pound face death.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Teenagers have been known to sneak a smooch.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: Perfectly suitable for small children, say 10 and younger.

‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop'

Rating: PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language.

What it's about: A security guard who longs to become a policeman faces a hostage crisis in the mall where he works.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Kevin James doing portly man jokes, and a mall.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Never let someone else define or limit who you want to become.

Violence: Gangsters get theirs.

Language: Mild profanity.

Sex: Flirtation.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: It's a little lacking in the slapstick that would make it perfect for small kids — 8-and-ups will get more out of it.

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