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Parents guide: 'Dear John,' 'From Paris With Love'
Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence
What it's about: A young couple meet and fall in love on the beach, but war takes him far away, with only letters keeping them together.
The kid attractor factor: Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum in a film of a Nicholas Sparks novel
Good lessons/bad lessons: Love means sacrifice and doing right by the other person, no matter what.
Violence: A shooting, in combat, in the opening scene
Language: Disney clean
Sex: Yes, but handled with discretion
Drugs: A beachside party with some beer
Parents' advisory: An old-fashioned romance with an emphasis on the inoffensive, very much in the Nicholas Sparks style
'From Paris With Love'
Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
What it's about: An embassy functionary is teamed up with a gonzo visiting spy for a wild and bloody dash through the Paris underworld.
The kid attractor factor: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and lots of violent action
Good lessons/bad lessons: Fighting terrorism makes strange, crazed bedfellows.
Violence: Almost constant
Language: Pulp Fiction filthy
Drugs: Yes, the sniffling kind
Parents' advisory: Entirely too raw and rough for 14-and-unders