Rating: PG for mild action and some rude humor
What it’s about: Cowardly aliens take over the Earth, but the clumsiest of them and a teenage human become friends and try to make peace.
The kid attractor factor: Very funny aliens, toilet jokes, Jim Parsons talking like a clueless visitor from another world
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Good lessons/bad lessons: “Seventh-grade girls are mean.” “The Internet does not lie!”
Violence: Comic, animated
Language: Quite clean
Parents’ advisory: Skews younger than most cartoons, best suited for 8 and under.
Do You Believe?
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, an accident sequence and some violence
What it’s about: A dozen people from various walks of life have their faith-or-no-faith moment.
The kid attractor factor: A cute homeless kid, sanitized violence, Christianity’s virtues extolled
Good lessons/bad lessons: “Belief is an action.”
Violence: Shootings, car wrecks
Sex: An unwed mother is a character.
Drugs: None shown
Parents’ advisory: Like “God’s Not Dead,” mainly red meat for the faithful. But not as angry. OK for 10-and-up.
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