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Family reviews: 'Date Night,' 'Letters to God'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Date Night'

Rating: PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference.

What it's about: A couple gets into all sorts of trouble just by trying to have a nice night out on the town.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Steve Carell and Tina Fey, as parents behaving badly.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Even the smallest lies can have major consequences.

Violence: Quite a bit of shooting — to no effect.

Language: Scattered bits of profanity, an F-bomb or two.

Sex: Discussed, simulated in a strip brothel.

Drugs and alcohol: Booze, cigarettes.

Parents' advisory: More a parents' date comedy than a family one, suitable for 15 and older.

'Letters to God'

Rating: PG for thematic material.

What it's about: A sickly little boy changes lives around him when he starts writing letters to God.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Children.

Good lessons/bad lessons: A child's faith can inspire adults.

Violence: None, although the boy shows the scars of brain surgery.

Language: Squeaky clean.

Sex: None.

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol.

Parents' advisory: Family friendly, but as Christian-themed films go, this one's more of a sermon than a movie.

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