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Family reviews: 'The Other Guys,' 'Dinner for Schmucks'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'The Other Guys'

Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material

What it's about: Mismatched cops try to bust a Wall Street evil-doer and win the respect of their fellow cops.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It stars the ever-juvenile Will Ferrell and has lots of action and occasional naughty language.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Do not judge a cop by his desk, job title or car.

Violence: Gunplay, car chases, slapstick

Language: The odd comic blast of profanity

Sex: Talked about in the crudest PG-13 manner

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol is consumed; a cocaine bust goes wrong.

Parents' advisory: Ferrell makes comedies for the inner teenage boy in us all; suitable for 13 and older.

'Dinner for Schmucks'

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language

What it's about: An ambitious guy must lure an unsuspecting dope to dinner, where rich Wall Street types can mock him.

The Kid Attractor Factor: The comedy is broad and daft, with exceptionally goofy characters fleshing out most scenes.

Good lessons/bad lessons: The real "schmucks" are those who think mocking others is funny.

Violence: Not really

Language: A little profanity, here and there

Sex: Talked about and pursued, comically

Drugs and alcohol: Wine, liquor

Parents' advisory: The message between the laughs — that even those we mock have a story, and that those who mock can be clueless themselves — might resonate with teens; OK for 13 and older.

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