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Family reviews: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,' 'Love Happens'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs'

Rating: PG for brief mild language.

What it's about: An inventor saves his dying town with a gadget that makes food rain from the sky. But is that a good thing?

The Kid Attractor Factor: In-your-face slapstick, goofy characters and general wackiness, all presented at a frenetic pace.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Smart" is never "lame." Encourage your kids, and they might surprise you.

Violence: Some menacing situations.

Language: Quite mild, considering the stuff that's falling from the sky.

Sex: Even Anna Faris is "drawn" very PG, in this case.

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: Good messages, laughs aimed at kids and over their heads, this should play to everyone 4 and older.

'Love Happens'

Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality.

What it's about: A widowed advice guru falls for a woman who attends one of his seminars.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Jennifer Aniston, left, and Aaron Eckhart.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Mental health begins with physical health," and it's OK to release exotic pet birds into the wild, so long as your intentions are good.

Violence: A car accident is re-lived in flashbacks.

Language: Moments of profanity, usually played for laughs.

Sex: None. Barely a smooch.

Drugs and alcohol: Wine with dinner.

Parents' advisory: The grief-and-death backdrop to this make it nothing younger kids would enjoy or understand — 12-and-ups only.

Roger Moore The Orlando Sentinel