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Family reviews: 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,' 'Sherlock Holmes'

Family reviews

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel'

Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.

What it's about: Alvin and his brothers cope with fame, school and the allure of girl chipmunks.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Chipmunks who sing, ride toy motorcycles and crack jokes.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Keep your word. Stick up for family. Never trust an agent.

Violence: Slapstick stuff, one good shot to the crotch.

Language: Chipmunk clean.

Sex: Chipmunk goo-goo eyes.

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: Kids love their talking critters.

'Sherlock Holmes'

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material.

What it's about: The world's greatest detective tries to prevent a murderous cult from carrying out a coup in 19th-century London.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Robert Downey Jr., the once and future Iron Man, is Holmes.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Observation and "data, data, data" back up every informed decision.

Violence: Deaths, some pretty brutal bare-knuckle brawling, the works.

Language: Pretty close to spotless.

Sex: Coyly suggested with near-nudity.

Drugs: Holmes' drug habit is hinted at but never in the foreground.

Parents' advisory: Not the traditional way of approaching Holmes — this one emphasizes brawn over brains. Too violent for younger children but OK for 12 and older.

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