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Family reviews: 'Everybody's Fine,' 'Old Dogs'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Everybody's Fine'

Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language.

What it's about: A widowed dad makes surprise visits to his unhappy adult children and grandchildren.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A little shtick, some cute Robert De Niro moments, a holiday glow that pops up now and then.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Being the stern parent doesn't make your kids warm up to you, and nobody wants to disappoint dad.

Violence: None, though health issues play a part.

Language: There's golf, and where there's golf, there's profanity.

Sex: A comic encounter with an NYC hooker.

Drugs and alcohol: Wine.

Parents' advisory: Not much here for kids, but it's an inoffensive and warm movie about a broken family and a dad and kids who want to make it right.

'Old Dogs'

Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.

What it's about: A couple of single-guy 50somethings adjust when one of them discovers he has twins and must help raise them.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Robin Williams, John Travolta and Seth Green go for the goofy.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Parenting is something you pick up as you go along.

Violence: None.

Language: "Mild rude humor" about bar pick-ups, gorilla love.

Sex: Well, the guy was careless enough to father twins during a one-night stand.

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: Nothing here to offend, though a bit more slapstick would have made this kid-friendlier.

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