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Family reviews: 'The Last Exorcism,' 'Lottery Ticket'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'The Last Exorcism'

Rating: PG-13 for disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material

What it's about: A charlatan exorcist struggles to help a girl who turns out to have real satanic issues.

The Kid Attractor Factor: A horror movie without an R-rating is a rare thing for the 16-or-younger horror fan.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Ignorance and poverty breed superstition.

Violence: A minimum of gore, some blood, bones breaking

Language: Almost profanity-free

Sex: Teen pregnancy and incest are bandied about.

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol abuse is discussed.

Parents' advisory: Seriously adult themes and situations rule this out for 12-and-younger.

'Lottery Ticket'

Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, violence, brief underage drinking and language, including a drug reference

What it's about: A teen wins a Lotto ticket, only to have assorted thugs and hangers-on try to cash in on it.

The Kid Attractor Factor: The artist formerly known as Lil Bow Wow, Naturi Naughton, kids spending too much money

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Many a false step is made by standing still," and lotteries serve "to keep poor people poor."

Violence: Guns, some pretty severe beatings, and blood

Language: Fewer than a dozen profanities, including one whopper

Sex: Frankly discussed, flirted with

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol

Parents' advisory: Whatever its other adult themes, the graphic (not comic) violence makes this suitable only for 13-and-older.

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