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Family reviews: ‘New in Town,' ‘Taken'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

‘New in Town'

Rating: PG for language and some suggestive material.

What it's about: A corporate hatchet woman travels from Miami to Minnesota to lay off plant workers and discovers the rough charm of the people, and romance.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. making goo-goo eyes in the snow.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It's a lot easier to put people you don't know out of a job.

Violence: Against wildlife. Off camera.

Language: Cleaned up, but still a little swearing.

Sex: Suggestions of vigorous wrestling, a thong joke.

Drugs: When it's 40 below, you'd hit a bar every now and then, too.

Parents' advisory: There isn't enough slapstick for the very young, but if they're old enough to date, they're old enough to take in New in Town.


Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language.

What it's about: Naive high school girls travel to Paris and are kidnapped, with one girl's dad, an ex-CIA agent, their only hope of rescue.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Action, and lots of it.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Be “aware” and “focus” when you're in a strange land. And don't get picked up by strangers, even if they are “hot.”

Violence: Lots and lots of it.

Language: Not much profanity.

Sex: “Sexual content” in this case means sex-slave trade.

Drugs: Girls are doped up to make them compliant.

Parents' advisory: Pretty rough stuff for anybody younger than 15.

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