Movie News & Reviews

Family reviews: 'Ramona and Beezus,' 'Standing Ovation'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Ramona and Beezus'

Rating: G, all ages admitted

What it's about: An imaginative 9-year-old pest bungles everything, including school projects to her sister's and her favorite aunt's romances.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It co-stars Selena Gomez and is based on those beloved Beverly Cleary novels.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "It's good to scare yourself, once in a while." "We're not going to let one bad day get us down."

Violence: None

Language: Disney clean

Sex: An old-fashioned grown-up romance and a sweet teen one, too

Drugs and alcohol: Don't be ridic.

Parents' advisory: More sentimental than slapsticky, this kids' comedy is suitable for all ages.

'Standing Ovation'

Rating: PG for some rude behavior

What it's about: Tween dance teams compete in a music-video contest.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Teens and tweens shake their moneymakers and sing their little hearts out in big dance numbers.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Just because you want something doesn't mean you're going to get it."

Violence: Snakes, frogs and fleas used as threats

Language: Milder than mild

Sex: The dancing leans toward high-school cheerleader bumping and grinding.

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: It's a pretty wholesome movie, although it does push flirting and sexy dancing by tweens.

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