Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
It’s rated G, but: Some peril and predators, brief discreet images of dead animals.
Minimum age: 6.
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Family discussion: What skills did Maya and Kumar have that were important to their group? How are the monkeys like and not like humans? How many ways did you see the monkeys communicate with one another and the other animals? How should Maya treat the Sisterhood and the lower-status monkeys?
If you like this, try: The other films from Disneynature, including “Bears” and “Chimpanzee.”
Why it’s rated R: Murder of wife and children, some disturbing and grisly images, child slavery and discussion of beatings, deception, some strong language, drinking.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: Why did Jill visit Chris? How did Chris and Mike try to con each other and who was most successful?
If you like this, try: “Capote” and “The Jinx.”
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