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Family reviews

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail'

Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, drug content, some violence and sexual situations.

What it's about: Madea lands in the joint, and an assistant DA tries to save a friend who has become a hooker.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Madea, an old woman who busts heads, back-talks and packs heat while dispensing her brand of justice.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Forgiveness is not for the other person." "If somebody needs help, you try and help them out."

Violence: An off-camera rape, choking, slapstick brawls.

Language: Virtually no profanity.

Sex: Prostitution is a major plot point.

Drugs: Pot is smoked.

Parents' advisory: A little rougher than typical Tyler Perry fare.

'Fired Up!'

Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying.

What it's about: Two on-the-make high schoolers ditch football for cheerleading camp, hoping to "score" big time.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Teens talking hip, making out and behaving badly.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Hooking up isn't as much fun as finding real romance.

Violence: Football, threats of a beat-down.

Language: Innuendo, and how.

Sex: Nothing graphic, implied nudity.

Drugs: Beer is consumed at parties.

Parents' advisory: Politically incorrect, yes, but not particularly raunchy by hormonal teen-comedy standards.