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Parents guide to new movie releases

By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service –


Rating: G.

What it’s about: A callous prince living under a spell as a “beast” must win the love of the fair Belle to break that spell.

The kid attractor factor: A plucky heroine, funny characters, great sight gags — perhaps the greatest children’s cartoon ever.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Don’t let others determine who you will be in life.

Violence: A brawl, a wolf attack and a beast hunt.

Language: Disney clean.

Sex: Will there be so much as a kiss, or won’t there?

Drugs: Flagons of ale are consumed in mass quantities.

Parents’ advisory: Perfect for all ages.



Rating: PG-13 for some language including a sexual reference

What it’s about: Two singers have differing visions of how their church choir should sound as it competes for a big prize.

The kid attractor factor: Teens in love, Queen Latifah, gospel music and Dolly Parton.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “God gives you girls so your mama can say ‘I told you so.’”

Violence: A fist fight between teenagers.

Language: Quite a bit of profanity, considering the subject.

Sex: Joked about, with teens-on-the-make at the heart of the story.

Drugs: One nightclub scene

Parents’ advisory: The peppering of profanity rules out the very young, but this is still suitable for 10-and-up.

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