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: "Little Fockers"
The third installment of the popular series, "Little Fockers" brings back the original cast members and adds a few more children. The plot may center around family, but the rough language and sexual innuendo make it inappropriate for young teens. Rated, PG-13, iffy for kids 13-15
DVD: "Easy A"
Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel "The Scarlet Letter", "Easy A" examines the mating habits of college students. All the action may take place off screen, but the film is about sex, and therefore one that even older teens should skip. Rated PG-13, iffy for kids 14-16
TV: "Kidnapped by the Kids"
A reality show on the new OWN network, "Kidnapped by the Kids" follows workaholic parents and their unhappy children as they attempt to restore balance in their relationships. It's an emotional exercise that might even inspire some families to reexamine their own priorities. Not Rated, OK for kids 9+
Books: "The Eternal Ones"
Author Kristen Miller's "The Eternal Ones" tells the story of a high school girl who, after years of seeing mysterious visions, sets out to meet the man who inhabits her dreams. While there is some talk about sexual desire, the story is more mystery than romance. OK for kids 13+
Music: "Christmas Lights" by Coldplay
Despite the name, Coldplay's "Christmas Lights" is not your typical happy holiday tune. But while the song may be about the painful aftermath of a failed relationship, the lyrics are clean and the message is one of healing and moving on. OK for kids 10+
Games: "Cosmos Chaos"
For Nintendo DS and DSi, "Cosmos Chaos" is an educational role-playing game, in which players search for a lost pet while trying to stop alien invaders from taking over the world. Instead of coins or other rewards, players collect vocabulary words and earn points for using them correctly. Rated E, OK for kids 8+
A companion to the cable channel The Hub, which is owned by Hasbro and Discovery Communications, "HubWorld" requires visitors to watch an advertisement before enjoying the games, videos, activities and contests. However, the site is safe, free and sometimes even educational. OK for kids 9+