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Family reviews: 'Burlesque,' 'Faster'

A parents' guide to select new movies:


Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.

What it's about: A country girl who has just gotta sing, gotta dance makes her way to an L.A. burlesque club where she might become a star.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Christina Aguilera, belting tunes and shaking her moneymaker.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "Life is about the choices we make." To bump. Or to grind. Apparently.

Violence: None.

Language: Some profanity, but not as much as you would expect.

Sex: Nothing graphic, although what happens on a burlesque stage can be pretty risqué.

Drugs and alcohol: Drinking.

Parents' advisory: Surprisingly tame for a movie about scantily clad dancers bumping and grinding; still, not for anybody younger than 13.


Rating: R for strong violence, some drug use and language.

What it's about: Guy gets out of prison and sets out to kill the fellows who murdered his brother.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Kids have grown up on Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler formerly known as The Rock.

Good lessons/bad lessons: To murder is human, to forgive murderers divine.

Violence: Well, yeah.

Language: Coarse and profane.

Sex: None.

Drugs and alcohol: Yes, needles and booze, the works.

Parents' advisory: This is not the Game Plan/Tooth Fairy/Race to Witch Mountain version of Dwayne Johnson. As action films go, it's pretty sordid and not for anybody younger than 14.