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Family reviews

A parents guide to select new movies:

'Coraline'

Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.

What it's about: A child finds an alternate version of her life behind the walls of her new home. But is it a better version?

The Kid Attractor Factor: Dark wit and 3-D stop-motion animation.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Just because they're busy and distracted, that doesn't mean your parents don't love you.

Violence: It's threatened.

Language: Child mild.

Sex: "Suggestive humor," quite tame.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: If you've raised them on The Nightmare Before Christmas, they're ready for this.

'The Pink Panther 2'

Rating: PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action.

What it's about: A thief is stealing the world's most precious objects, so Inspector Clouseau joins a "dream team" of detectives to try and solve the case.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Slapstick comedy, and lots of it.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Deductive reasoning is best left to professionals.

Violence: Rednecks assault the drama teacher.

Language: Quite clean.

Sex: Leering innuendo.

Drugs: Wine is spilled.

Parents' advisory: A little more small-child friendly than the first Steve Martin Panther.

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