Nell Minow, Movie Mom | ‘X-Men,’ ‘Blended,’ ‘Chef’

05/21/2014 10:19 AM

05/21/2014 10:19 AM

Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Why it’s rated PG-13: Extended action/comic-book humor, many characters injured and killed, guns, explosions, fire, some graphic and disturbing images, some strong language, brief nudity and very revealing attire.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: If you could go back in history and change one thing, what would it be? If you could have any of the powers of the X-Men, what would you choose? How should the government make decisions about threats like the X-Men?

If you like this, try: The other “X-Men” movies and “The Avengers.”

‘Blended’

Why it’s rated PG-13: Very strong language and crude humor for a PG-13, explicit sexual references, some very vulgar, comic peril and violence.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: What did Jimmy and Lauren learn from watching each other with their children? Which of the activities in Africa would you like to try?

If you like this, try: “The Wedding Singer.”

‘Chef’

Why it’s rated R: Constant very strong and crude language and some vulgar references.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: What is your favorite meal to cook? Why was it hard for Carl to just hang out with Percy before the food truck?

If you like this, try: “Big Night” and “No Reservations.”

Find Nell Minow’s reviews at Beliefnet on moviemom.com and on KBEQ FM 104. Email: moviemom@movie mom.com.

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