Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG: Action-style peril and violence with some disturbing images, sad (offscreen) deaths, brief schoolyard language, brief potty humor.
Minimum age: 7.
Family discussion: Why didn’t the ocean return the heart itself? What did Moana learn from Maui’s story about his parents?
If you like this, try: “Brave” and “Mulan” — and try navigating without GPS.
Why it’s rated PG-13: Depiction of historic racism with some offensive epithets.
Minimum age: Middle school.
Family discussion: If you could take a case to the Supreme Court, what would it be? What do we learn about the Lovings from seeing them with their families?
If you like this, try: The documentary “The Loving Story.”
Why it’s rated R: Wartime violence, extended peril, characters injured and killed, graphic childbirth scene, some disturbing images, very strong language, suicide, sexual references and situations, nudity, drinking, smoking, drugs.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: What makes a good spy? Can you trust someone whose job is lying?
If you like this, try: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
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