Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG: Comic, cartoon-style peril and mayhem (no one hurt), weapons, explosions, chases, thong underwear, brief potty humor.
Minimum age: 7.
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Family discussion: How should you decide what your purpose is and why is that important? Can you understand the Minions even though they are not speaking English, and, if so, how? What made Scarlett so mean, and why do so many people admire her?
If you like this, try: The “Despicable Me” movies and “Megamind.”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Themes of transferring consciousness of dying people into other bodies, shoot-outs and fight scenes, characters injured and killed, some disturbing images, sexual references and situations, drinking, drugs, strong language.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: How does what Damian learns about his new body make him think differently about what he has done? Who should decide how scientific discoveries like these are applied?
If you like this, try: Some other films on this theme, including “Seconds” with Rock Hudson, “Never Let Me Go” with Keira Knightley and “All of Me” with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, and a very funny brief segment in the Woody Allen film “Stardust Memories”
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