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Parents need to know that "Paddington 2" is the sequel to 2015's adorable (and critically acclaimed) adaptation of Michael Bond's beloved English books. This follow-up is equally sweet and perhaps even more appropriate for younger kids (the villain in this one is significantly less menacing than Nicole Kidman's terrifying taxidermist in the original). Even when Paddington is sentenced to prison, it's not too upsetting: The inmates look intimidating at first but eventually befriend the kind bear. But you can expect a few scary or sad scenes, particularly when a lonely Paddington cries in his prison cell and later nearly drowns, but otherwise the action/violence is much more of the slapstick sort. And there are plenty of silly hijinks and enough physical humor – not to mention messages about compassion, empathy, kindness, and the importance of families – to entertain audiences of all ages. Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, and Sally Hawkins co-star.