Reviews: What's New This Week
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: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Michael Cera stars in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," a big-screen adaptation of a popular graphic novel series. A 20-something slacker, Scott Pilgrim meets the girl of his dreams and must do battle with her "Seven Evil Exes" so that they may be together. Although quite clever, the film involves lots of sexual situations, rough language and video game-style violence. Rated PG-13, OK for kids 13+
DVD: Sesame Street: P is for Princess
Abby Cadabby and her pals have fun with the alphabet in "Sesame Street: P is for Princess." As a handsome but dim prince, Paul Rudd offers his worthless advice until the girls realize they don't need a prince to solve their problems. With lessons on cooperation, imagination and counting in Spanish, the 45-minute video is educational and entertaining. Not Rated, OK for kids 3+
TV: Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back
Five overweight kids attend a weight-loss boarding school in "Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back," a reality series on the Style Network. As they learn about eating healthy and exercising, they also attend therapy sessions to work on the emotional issues that have contributed to their weight gain. Inspiring and informative, the show provides positive role models for kids who may be struggling with similar issues. Rated TV-PG, OK for kids 12+
Books: Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School
Written by Herman Parish, nephew of Amelia Bedelia creator Peggy Parish, "Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School" features the bungling heroine as a child on her first day of kindergarten. As literal-minded as ever, Amelia amuses her classmates as she finds herself in ridiculous situations that result from her complete lack of common sense. OK for kids 5+
Music: Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland
The country music duo sings about love that lasts in "Stuck Like Glue," a single release from the album of the same name. The lyrics are clean and the message is a positive one about sticking together through good times and bad. With an upbeat and catchy sound, this country song likely will appeal to pop fans, as well. OK for kids 10+
You must pay to play the good stuff at "FooPets," a virtual world where kids can adopt, care for and even breed pets. While the site does offer lots of valuable information about caring for a pet, the social networking component and the push to purchase a $4.99 per month membership may make it much less appealing for parents of younger kids. Iffy for kids 10-13
Games: Dora's Big Birthday Adventure
For Nintendo DS and DSi, "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure" celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the popular Nickelodeon show. Tied into the television special of the same name, the game has players helping the Wizzles get ready for the big birthday party, while assisting others in need along the way. Easy to play with no reading required, the game encourages players to keep trying until they get it right. Rated E, OK for kids 4+
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