Movie Mom: ‘Earth to Echo,’ ‘Tammy,’ ‘Begin Again,’ ‘Snowpiercer’

07/01/2014 3:12 PM

07/01/2014 6:11 PM

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

“Earth to Echo”

Why it’s rated PG: Sci-fi action and peril, some schoolyard language, references to pre-teen kissing, underage drinking, law breaking.

Minimum age: 8.

Family discussion: Why did the kids feel “invisible?” What questions would you ask Echo? What did Tuck learn about Alex? Why did Tuck lie about Emma?

If you like this, try: “E.T.,” “The Goonies,” “Super 8” and “The Last Mimzy.”

“Tammy”

Why it’s rated R: Very strong and crude language, sexual references and situations, alcohol and drug abuse, comic peril and mayhem.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: Is there a place you’ve always wanted to go? How did Bobby and Lenore make Tammy feel differently about herself? Why did she forgive her grandmother?

If you like this, try: “Bridesmaids.”

“Begin Again”

Why it’s rated R: Constant very strong language, drinking, smoking, sexual references.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: Share your “guilty pleasure” songs with your family.

If you like this, try: “Once,” from the same writer/director.

“Snowpiercer”

Why it’s rated R: Apocalyptic themes and images, constant peril and violence with a variety of weapons, disturbing images, many characters injured and killed, constant very strong language, smoking, drugs.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: What elements of the society on the train are similar to cultures in the world today? Does Wilford make good points about what it takes to sustain a community? How does this story explore the way that myths and traditions are developed? What do you think will happen next?

If you like this, try: “Brazil” and “In Time.”

“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.

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.”

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

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