Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
“The SpongeBob Movie”
Why it’s rated PG: Some potty humor, cartoon-style peril and violence, including a cannon.
Minimum age: 6.
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Family discussion: Which characters are loyal and why? Why is money so important to Mr. Krabs? If you could write your own story, what would it say?
If you like this, try: The “SpongeBob” television series and “Penguins of Madagascar.”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Extended sci-fi/fantasy peril and violence, some graphic images including brief torture, characters injured and killed, rear nudity, some strong language, drinking and sexual references.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: If life requires consumption, how do we make responsible choices? How were the siblings different?
If you like this, try: “The Princess Bride,” “Looper,” “The Matrix” and the “Star Wars” series.
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