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Family reviews: 'Avatar,' 'Did You Hear About the Morgans?'

A parents' guide to select new movies:


Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking.

What it's about: A disabled Marine is given an alien body to go live among them and help persuade them to leave their land, and he eventually takes their side against the developers who want to bulldoze their forest.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Aliens, dazzling critter-covered alien world and the best motion-capture animation ever.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Developers and their mercenaries bad, indigenous people good.

Violence: Quite a bit: There's a war and a lot of hunting and killing that goes on before that war.

Language: A heaping helping of profanity.

Sex: Alien mating, discreet toplessness, loincloths.

Drugs and alcohol: Cigarettes.

Parents' advisory: A dazzling spectacle with a plot that any tween will recognize. It's too violent and too long for the very young, but a fairly mild PG-13. OK for 10 and older.

'Did You Hear About the Morgans?'

Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence.

What it's about: A separated city couple is forced to go into hiding in the wilds of Wyoming after they witness a murder.

The Kid Attractor Factor: The young clothes horses in your house know who Sarah Jessica Parker is.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Marriage is a struggle, a negotiation and a long journey, with many a pothole and grizzly bear encounter facing you.

Violence: A stabbing death, gunplay.

Language: Not really.

Sex: Suggested.

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: There isn't enough going on to interest younger children or even teens, although what is here is mild-mannered enough.

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