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Family reviews: 'Hugo,' 'Twilight,' 'Arthur Christmas,' 'The Muppets'

KRISTEN STEWART stars in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 1



Ph: Andrew Cooper

© 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC.  All rights reserved.
KRISTEN STEWART stars in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 1 Ph: Andrew Cooper © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

'Hugo'

Rating: PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking

What it's about: An orphan boy lives in a Paris train station in the years between World War I and World War II, tinkering with gadgets, swiping food and making friends.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Plucky kids have adventures in gorgeous 3-D.

Good lessons/bad lessons: If you discover the magic of the movies as a child, it sticks with you for a lifetime.

Violence: Chases, near-misses with trains

Language: Family-friendly

Sex: A little tween flirtation, a little adult flirtation

Drugs and alcohol: Smoking, as the French are wont to do.

Parents' advisory: The "mild peril" is extremely mild, the "rude humor" not that rude. Suitable for all ages.

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1'

Rating: PG-13 for disturbing images, violence, sexuality/ partial nudity and some thematic elements

What it's about: Bella marries her vampire and becomes pregnant with his demon spawn.

The Kid Attractor Factor: See above.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Safe sex is important, even after you marry, if you marry a vampire.

Violence: A bit, with lots of blood

Language: No profanity.

Sex: Pushes the PG-13 boundaries, but fortunately, it's also funny.

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: It is violent, and both sexual and gynecological, so take the PG-13 seriously.

'Arthur Christmas'

Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

What it's about: When the new, space-age, hyper-efficient North Pole misses delivering one present on Christmas Eve, Santa's dopey youngest son makes it his mission to finish the job.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Animated elves, wacky British humor and a funny use of 3-D.

Good lessons/bad lessons: "It doesn't matter how it gets there, so long as a gift is delivered."

Violence: Lions and missiles and Chihuahuas. Oh, my.

Language: Disney clean

Sex: Not even a hint

Drugs and alcohol: None

Parents' advisory: Daft, dizzy and ever-so British, the humor in this one is suitable for all ages.

'The Muppets'

Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

What it's about: Adult fans of the Muppets try to get the gang back together to save their old theater.

The Kid Attractor Factor: Muppets, and lots of them. Songs, dance numbers and judo-chopping pigs.

Good lessons/bad lessons: You never forget the entertainers who made you laugh as a child.

Violence: Slapstick

Language: Quite clean, save for one Jack Black reference to a ping pong balls suit.

Sex: Disney safe

Drugs and alcohol: Muppets don't drink. Or smoke.

Parents' advisory: Suitable for all ages, and you'll want to sit through it with the kids because of the nostalgia.

Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel

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