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Family reviews: 'Oceans,' 'The Back-up Plan'

A parents' guide to select new movies:


Rating: G.

What it's about: The wonders of the world beneath the waves are shown in this DisneyNature documentary.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A Disney film about sea creatures in which the fish don't talk.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Pollution, litter and global climate change are imperiling adorable sea creatures.

Violence: Sharks and orcas gobble up cute seals.

Language: Disney clean

Sex: What are those sea turtles up to?

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: Appropriate for kids of all ages, although maybe a bit long for 5-and-younger.

'The Back-Up Plan'

Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including references, some crude material and language.

What it's about: A single woman decides to have a baby the artificial way, only to meet Mr. Might-Be-Right on the way home from the fertility clinic.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Jennifer Lopez, lots of pregnancy and dating gags.

Good lessons/bad lessons: We do things in a certain order — meet, flirt, date, fall in love, get married, have children — for good reasons.

Violence: None.

Language: Surprisingly and unnecessarily profane.

Sex: Why yes.

Drugs and alcohol: None.

Parents' advisory: If you've put off that "birds and the bees" talk until the teen years, this pretty much covers that — the ups and downs of pregnancy and impending parenthood, the works.

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