Reviews: What's New This Week

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Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.


In Theaters: "The Karate Kid"
A remake of the 1984 movie of the same name, "The Karate Kid" tells the story of a young American boy struggling to adjust after moving to China with his mother. Martial arts violence and middle school bullies feature prominently in this film about taking control of one's destiny and overcoming obstacles. Rated PG, OK for kids 9+

DVD: "Starstruck"
After a chance meeting, an arrogant teen superstar and a regular Midwestern girl fall for each other in "Starstruck," a made-for-television movie from Disney. Together, the unlikely pair learn the importance of being true to yourself and not judging others. The movie is pure innocent romance with only a few chaste kisses and some hand-holding. Rated G, OK for kids 8+

TV: "Jersey Couture"
The Oxygen channel goes to the shore in "Jersey Couture," a reality show set in a family-owned, high-end dress shop. While the underlying theme is a positive one about family relationships, there's lots of yelling, bleeped-out swearing and cleavage-revealing clothing. Rated TV-14, OK for kids 14+

Books: "Dad and Pop"
A story about the importance of family by Kelly Bennett, "Dad and Pop" celebrates the loving relationship between a young girl and her father and stepfather. The simple story is aimed at blended families, but the theme of fatherly love is one any child can relate to. OK for kids 5+

Music: "Nobody's Daughter" by Hole
Courtney Love's pain is on display in "Nobody's Daughter," a collection of angry tunes about depression, abandonment and loneliness. Love's mood is reflected in her savage and explicit lyrics as she sings about prostitution, suicide and revenge. Heavy and dark, the album is far too mature for young kids. Iffy for kids 15-17

Web: Inkpop
A different kind of social networking site for teens, "Inkpop" encourages kids to express themselves through creative writing. Users can post their own work as well as read and critique the work of others. Because submissions aren't moderated, some content may be inappropriate for younger teens. OK for kids 14+

Games: Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge
For Nintendo DS and DSi, "Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge" has players using gadgets and smarts to solve mysteries and thwart the evil ambitions of an ill-tempered polar bear. With no weapons or violence at all, it offers a positive and fun gaming experience for young kids. Rated E, OK for kids 6+

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