Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG-13: Theme of a major earthquake affecting Nevada and California, many collapsing buildings, roads and bridges, fires, floods, looting, fighting, characters injured and killed, references to death of a child, some disturbing images, some strong language.
Minimum age: Adults.
Family discussion: What does this movie teach us about skills and plans we should have for emergencies? What did Emma and Ray learn about each other and why did it take an earthquake for them to reach that understanding?
If you like this, try: “The Towering Inferno” and “The War of the Worlds.”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Strong language, sexual references and non-explicit situation, paternity issue, references to war-related violence and to weapons of mass destruction, references to imperialism and colonialism, alcohol.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: Why did Ng talk so much about being one-quarter Hawaiian? Why was the King the only person from Brian’s past who seemed to like him? What happens when billionaires make decisions that used to be made by government?
If you like this, try: “The Descendants” and “Almost Famous.”
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