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Family reviews: 'Nanny McPhee Returns,' 'The Switch'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Nanny McPhee Returns'

Rating: PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements

What it's about: Another dysfunctional family calls on the services of the real Super Nanny, Nanny McPhee.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Kids behaving badly, then getting what's coming to them.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Don't fight. Share. Help each other. Be brave. Have faith." Violence: Kids brawling, menacing thugs, a German bomb. Language: A lot of talk about "poo" and cow patties and such.

Sex: Nary a whit, despite the presence of Maggie Gyllenhaal. Drugs: None

Parents' advisory: If your kids have worn out the Nanny McPhee DVD, this is for them. A fairy tale that's suitable for all ages.

'The Switch'

Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language.

What it's about: A guy is reluctant to tell his "best friend" that he swapped the donor sperm that got her pregnant.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A cute little boy is the subject of a lesson in genetics and the biology of "the birds and the bees."

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Some things have to be said, even if they're uncomfortable."

Violence: One slap, off- camera bullying. Language: Very little profanity.

Sex: Discussed discreetly. Drugs: Alcohol is consumed, sometimes in large doses.

Parents' advisory: It's entirely too biological for younger children but is surprisingly family-friendly, considering its subject. OK for 12 and older.

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