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Family movie guide

Published Dec. 7, 2006

Films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included in this weekly listing, along with occasional R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance.

Suitable for families

Deck the Halls D

(PG) - Suburban neighbors (Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito) take holiday decorating much too seriously. Crude and mildly suggestive humor.

Flushed Away B-

(PG) - A house mouse (voice of Hugh Jackman) takes the toilet route to underground London. Crude humor and briefly rude language but nothing truly offensive.

Happy Feet C+

(PG) - A tone-deaf penguin (voice of Elijah Wood) uses tap-dancing skills to attract a mate. Mild peril and occasionally rude humor.

The Nativity Story B

(PG) - Nothing offensive to Christians in this dramatization of the virgin Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) giving birth to Jesus of Nazareth. Brief violence during King Herod's purge of infants.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

(G) - Tim Allen returns as a suburban father moonlighting as St. Nick, battling Jack Frost (Martin Short) for North Pole control. Nothing objectionable.

Unaccompanied Minors B-

(PG) - Snowbound children at an airport play pranks and enjoy a holiday from parenting. Mildly rude humor and language.

Suitable, with reservations

The Queen B

(PG-13) - Teenagers interested in Princess Diana's enduring mystique may appreciate this dramatization of life at Buckingham Palace after her death. Brief profanity, mature themes.

Not suitable

Casino Royale B

(PG-13) - British secret service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns, sexier and more violent than ever. Intense action sequences, including torture, nudity and sexual content, make this for adults only.

Deja Vu C

(PG-13) - A federal agent (Denzel Washington) travels backward in time to prevent a murder, falling in love with the potential victim. Intense violence, disturbing images, profanity, sensuality.

The Fountain B-

(PG-13) - Fans of Hugh Jackman's X-Men heroics will be dumbfounded and/or bored by this tragic sci-fi romance spanning 1,000 years. Violence and sexuality were trimmed after the MPAA's original R rating.

The Holiday C-

(PG-13) - A romantic comedy for adults only with its mature themes, sexual situations, profanity and alcohol abuse, not to mention the tepid pacing. Even wild man Jack Black seems bored.

Stranger Than Fiction A

(PG-13) - Despite Will Ferrell's popularity among youths, this existential comedy about a man facing death by literature isn't his usual silliness. Disturbing images, sexual situations, brief nudity, profanity.