Movie Mom | ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘Maleficent’

06/04/2014 1:50 PM

06/04/2014 1:50 PM

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

‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Why it’s rated PG-13: Theme of the film is teenagers with cancer. Also: many characters very ill, very sad death, brief strong language, sexual references and situation, teen drinking and adult alcohol abuse.

Minimum age: Middle school.

Family discussion: What questions would you like to ask an author about a book you like? How should you choose who will hurt you? What makes some infinities larger than others?

If you like this, try: The book by John Green and the films “Harold and Maude” and “Restless.”

‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Why it’s rated PG-13: Constant sci-fi/action-style peril and violence with scary aliens and many characters injured and killed, some strong language, mild sexual references.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: What did Cage learn about himself through the chance to relive the day so many times? Why didn’t he tell Rita the truth at first about the helicopter?

If you like this, try: “Source Code” and the graphic novel that inspired this film, “All You Need Is Kill” by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

‘Maleficent’

Why it’s rated PG: Fairy-tale peril and violence with fire, swords, scary-looking creatures, and fire-breathing dragon, characters injured and killed, death of parents, betrayal, some disturbing images.

Minimum age: 8.

Family discussion: What other stories would you like to see from the villain’s point of view? Why did Stefan and Maleficent have different responses to fear and disappointment?

If you like this, try: “Stardust” and Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.”

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

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