Reviews: What's New This Week

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Miley Cyrus' "The Last Song" out on DVD! Credit: Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic

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: Nanny McPhee Returns
Warring cousins are brought into line and taught a lesson about working together in "Nanny McPhee Returns," the sequel to the 2006 film starring Emma Thompson. Though the plot is predictable and borrows liberally from previous films featuring magical nannies, this one is no less charming than those that came before. Rated PG, OK for kids 7+

DVD: The Last Song
Miley Cyrus stars as an angry teen in "The Last Song," a coming-of-age story about family, love and loss. Despite the presence of pop star Cyrus, there is very little music in this weepy tale about a young girl learning to forgive her father and open her heart. The language is mild, but there are enough kissing scenes to make the average tween squirm. Rated PG, iffy for kids ages 12 to 13

TV: You're Wearing That?!?
Mother and daughter teams give each other fashion makeovers in "You're Wearing That?!?," a reality show on WE. While the show's main focus is on appearances, it also offers a glimpse of some lovely mother/daughter relationships and offers up some positive messages about body image and self-confidence. Rated TV-PG, OK for kids 12+

Books: The Popularity Papers
Two fifth-grade girls who long to be popular learn that real happiness comes from within in "The Popularity Papers" by Amy Ignatow. Young readers will relate to the girls' preoccupation with boys and friendships as well as the lessons they learn about being themselves. While one girl has divorced parents and the other lives with her two dads, the story centers around their lives at school. OK for kids 9+

Music: Club Can't Handle Me by David Gueta
With lyrics about drinking and dancing all night long and "groupies takin' off their clothes," "Club Can't Handle Me" is a hardcore party song from the soundtrack of the movie "Step Up 3-D." The lyrics themselves may be clean, but the message most certainly is not. Iffy for kids 15-17

Web: think.mtv
A site where teens can learn more about the issues facing our world today, "think.mtv" provides news and information on a wide range of topics and advice on how to get involved. In addition to watching music and PSA videos, users can create a profile and upload their own content to share with others. OK for kids 14+

Games: Madden NFL 11
For Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP and Xbox 360, "Madden NFL 11" lets both rookies and veterans play football with the pros. With improved player models and a "faster, quicker and deeper" experience, fans of the franchise will love the latest entry in the hugely popular series. Rated E, OK for kids 8+


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