Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG-13: Constant peril and intense violence with guns, knives, suicide and threatened suicide, many characters injured and killed, some disturbing images, sexual situation, storyline about repressive government and betrayal, several swear words.
Minimum age: Middle school.
Family discussion: Why does Jeanine think she is acting on behalf of the greater good? Why does Caleb? How does our society try to categorize people?
If you like this, try: The “Hunger Games” films and “The Giver” and the books they are based on.
Why it’s rated R: Very strong violence with many characters injured and killed, assorted weapons, torture, execution and assassination, references to rape, sexual situation, constant strong language.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: How did Jim, Cox, Felix and Stanley respond differently to the choices they made? What efforts are underway to provide more transparency in the impact that multinational corporations have in emerging economies?
If you like this, try: “Blood Diamond” and “The Constant Gardener.”
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