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Family reviews: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Larry Crowne'

A parents' guide to select new movies:

'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

Rating: PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo

What it's about: The Autobots and Decepticons go at it again, rewriting the history of the space race as they do.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's a toy. It's a movie. It's both. And lots of stuff blows up.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "When it's not your war, join the side that's going to win." "Relationships have consequences."

Violence: Humans are vaporized, but only robots bleed.

Language: Quite a bit of profanity for PG-13

Sex: A model-actress wears lots of low-cut, high-hemline dresses and a come-hither look.

Drugs and alcohol: Not really: a little wine

Parents' advisory: The violence, death, sexy clothing and profanity run this one right up to the edge of an "R" rating. Suitable for 13 and older.

'Larry Crowne'

Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content

What it's about: A man of late middle age finds himself alone and out of work. So he goes back to college.

The Kid Attractor Factor: It's the guy who voices Sheriff Woody. And Julia Roberts!

Good lessons/bad lessons: College enriches your life in ways you can never imagine.

Violence: None

Language: Some profanity

Sex: That Julia Roberts and her flirting

Drugs and alcohol: Alcohol is consumed in excess, abused even.

Parents' advisory: It's mild-mannered and cute, but it doesn't hold a lot that would appeal to anybody younger than 13.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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