Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG: A few bad words, some drinking and references to racism. Gang-style violence is mostly off-screen, but characters are injured and there are brief disturbing images.
Minimum age: Middle school.
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Family discussion: Which teachers have made you see that you were capable of more than you thought? How did White and the team demonstrate that to each other?
If you like this, try: “Spare Parts.”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Crude sexual references and some strong language, party with some teen drinking.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: How does this compare to your school experience? Why did Bianca believe she was a DUFF, even though her friends really loved her?
If you like this, try: “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,” “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Mean Girls.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey”
Why it’s rated R: Very frank and explicit sexual references and situations including domination, bondage and infliction of pain, nudity, very strong language.
Minimum age: Adults.
Family discussion: What made Ana different from Christian's previous girlfriends? What do their names tell us about the characters?
If you like this, try: “91/2 Weeks” and the books by E.L. James.
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