Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
“Norm of the North”
Why it’s rated PG: Action and peril, character captured and caged, chase scenes, theme of environmental destruction, corruption, mild language, bodily function humor.
Minimum age: 5.
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Family discussion: Why did Vera go along with Mr. Greene’s plan? What is the best way to protect the Arctic? How did the lemmings help Norm?
If you like this, try: The “Madagascar” movies and “Surf’s Up.”
“Ride Along 2”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Extended sexual references and innuendo, skimpy clothing, drinking, strong and crude language, law enforcement peril and violence (mostly comic), racism, brief homophobic humor.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: Why does Ben care so much about proving himself to James? Who’s a better cop, James or Maya?
If you like this, try: “Ride Along” and “Barbershop.”
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