Weekend Fun and Games

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Welcome to the weekend! If you are still looking for something to do, check out this rundown of what's new in entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.

At the Movies
In "Year One,"prehistoric buddies Zed and Oh are exiled from their village after tasting from the forbidden tree of knowledge. Hilarity ensues as they bumble their way through the Book of Genesis and try to redeem themselves as reluctant heroes. Rude, crude and possibly offensive to some, the film originally had an R rating before a final edit brought it down to a PG-13. Iffy for Kids 14+

On DVD
Mr. Troop MomNickelodeon trots out the tried-and-true dead mother/hapless dad device in "Mr. Troop Mom." George Lopez stars as the title character, an inattentive single dad who find himself unexpectedly in charge of his rebellious daughter's camp competition. The film features cartoonish violence, young crushes and a smart-mouthed teen. Rated G, OK for Kids 8+

TV
Real-life BFF's Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato star in Disney's "Princess Protection Program." When an assassination attempt is made on the life of the princess of Costa Luna, she is whisked away to the safety of rural Louisiana. There she must learn to live like an average girl and make nice with her host's teen daughter. It's a sweet film with lots of wholesome messages about character, self-respect and confidence. Not Rated, OK for Kids 7+

Books
WingsIn "Wings," by Aprilynne Pike, a home-schooled girl feels out of place when she begins attending public high school for the first time. Her efforts to fit in are further exasperated when a large flower starts growing out of her back. She soon learns a supernatural secret about herself and must ultimately choose between the fairy and human worlds. OK for Kids 12+

Music
The Jonas Brothers' much-anticipated new album, "Lines, Vines and Trying Times," has finally dropped. While the lyrics still center around love and relationships, their sound has evolved a bit to include some bluegrass, country, and funk. OK for Kids 8+



Games
Ghostbusters Video GameThose of a certain age will remember the phenomenon that was Ghostbusters in the 1980's. But even if you are too young to remember that, Nintendo's "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" is still a lot of fun. Featuring the voices of the original cast (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson), the game is funny and frantic and not too difficult to play. Rated E to T, depending upon the version.

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