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Family reviews: 'Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,' 'Super 8'

Heather Graham, left, as Aunt Opal and Jordana Beatty as Judy star in Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer.
Heather Graham, left, as Aunt Opal and Jordana Beatty as Judy star in Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer.

'Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer'

Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and language

What it's about: The ever-moody Judy Moody plots to make this the best summer ever, only to see her plans fall apart.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's based on the popular series of Judy Moody novels by Megan McDonald.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "When all else fails, dance."

Violence: None

Language: "Potty" language in its various verbal incarnations is discussed.

Sex: Heather Graham in a bustier. That's about it.

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: This sight gag-strewn kids' comedy skews younger, OK for 6 and older.

'Super 8'

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use

What it's about: Small-town middle-school movie buffs try to shoot a zombie movie with a Super 8 camera, only to have real horror show up on their doorstep.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Smart and smart-mouthed kids make a bad movie and face off with monsters.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes, kids catch on a lot earlier than adults.

Violence: Quite a bit, graphic, without much blood

Language: Kids of the '70s got into mild profanity in their tweens.

Sex: Young, chaste romance

Drugs and alcohol: Adult alcoholism is discussed.

Parents' advisory: A bit too scary-violent, adult and profane for the very young, but certainly OK for 10 and older.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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