Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’
Why it’s rated PG-13: Strong language, suggestive discussion of teen sex and teen pregnancy, extensive sci-fi action-style violence, constant peril and chases, some characters injured and killed (one burned to a crisp) and widespread destruction and explosions, references to genocide, some disturbing images and scary creatures. alcohol.
Minimum age: Middle school.
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Family discussion: What mistakes have turned out well for you? Why was it important to Cade to turn junk into something useful? Why did Attinger insist that all Transformers were bad?
If you like this, try: The other “Transformers” movies and the television series, and “The Iron Giant.”
Why it’s rated R: Extremely explicit, vulgar and strong language, very explicit and crude sexual references and situation, abortion issues, drinking.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: Why didn’t Donna tell Max what was going on? What was it about being onstage that enabled Donna to talk about things she could not discuss anywhere else?
If you like this, try: “Frances Ha.”
‘The Grand Seduction’
Why it’s rated PG-13: Sexual references, some strong language, brief incident involving cocaine, pub drinking and tipsiness.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: Why was having jobs so important to the way the people of this community felt about themselves? What was the worst lie they told?
If you like this, try: “Waking Ned Devine” and “The Full Monty,” along with the original French-language version of this film.
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