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Family reviews: 'Shorts' and 'Post Grad'

A parents' guide to select new movies:


Rating: PG for mild action and some rude humor.

What it's about: Kids stumble upon a "wishing stone" and make accidental mayhem with it.

The kid attractor factor: Accidental mayhem, boogers, and bullies getting their just desserts.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Sometimes, you've got to have enemies to know who your friends are"; and hang up the phone, talk to your kid.

Violence: Slapstick.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: A little mooning over Kat Dennings.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: A dizzy comedy for the short-attention-span crowd (10 and younger), upbeat, with messages so smart it's almost preachy.

'Post Grad'

Rating: PG-13 for sexual situations and brief strong language.

What it's about: New college grad tries to find love and a job, and winds up moving back in with her wacky family.

The kid attractor factor: Alexis Bledel and Zach Gilford, above.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don't expect that dream job fresh out of school, and when you do get it, quitting to follow your heart and chase a beau cross-country is always a good idea.

Violence: None.

Language: Moments of profanity.

Sex: Bledel jumps a guy with shirt-stripping vigor.

Drugs: None.

Parents' advisory: If your kids watched The Gilmore Girls, they're old enough to see this. OK for 13 and older.

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