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Movie Mom: ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Madding Crowd’

Rebel Wilson in “Pitch Perfect 2”
Rebel Wilson in “Pitch Perfect 2” Universal Pictures

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

‘Pitch Perfect 2’

Why it’s rated PG-13: Some crude sexual and bodily function humor, with some strong language, comic violence (no one hurt).

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: What makes you special? What makes your friends and family special? How do you find your voice to express who you are?

If you like this, try: The first “Pitch Perfect” and the television show “The Sing-Off.”

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Why it’s rated R: Non-stop apocalyptic action, peril and violence with many characters injured and killed and several graphic and disturbing images, some strong language, some nudity, references to domestic abuse.

Minimum age: Mature teens.

Family discussion: Why won’t Max tell Furiosa his name? Why did society become so savage? Why was one community different?

If you like this, try: The first three “Mad Max” movies.

‘Far From the Madding Crowd’

Why it’s rated PG-13: Sexual references and non-explicit situation, violence, sad deaths including a murder.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: What was Bathsheba looking for? Why did it take her so long to figure that out? What appealed to her about each of her suitors?

If you like this, try: The earlier version with Julie Christie, and the book by Thomas Hardy.

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