Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
“The Good Dinosaur”
Why it’s rated PG: Sad death of parent (who returns in a dream, which may be confusing or disturbing to young children), frequent peril, some scary images (dinosaurs with big teeth, etc.), animals eat animals, some potty humor.
Minimum age: 6.
Family discussion: How will you make your mark? Who in your family has a scar, and what is the story behind it?
If you like this, try: “The Land Before Time,” “Finding Nemo” and “Inside Out.”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Intense scenes of boxing with graphic injuries, strong language, sexual references and situation.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: Why didn’t Adonis want to use his father’s name? What changed his mind? What would you do if you had Bianca’s health challenges?
If you like this, try: The “Rocky” movies and “Southpaw.”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Non-explicit sexual situation, sexual references, some strong language, sad death.
Minimum age: Middle school.
Family discussion: Did Eilis make the right choice? Why or why not? Who was most helpful to her?
If you like this, try: “In America,” another story of Irish immigrants in New York.
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