Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
Why it’s rated PG-13: Constant peril and violence, post-apocalyptic themes and images, many characters injured and killed, guns, fire, some strong language.
Minimum age: Middle school.
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Family discussion: Why were there so many different opinions within both the ape and the human communities? How did they choose their governing structure? Why didn’t Carver want to listen to Ellie’s explanation of the source of the virus?
If you like this, try: The original “Apes” movies to compare not just the stories but the technology used by the filmmakers.
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