Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG: Sci-fi/action/fantasy peril and violence including weapons, characters injured and killed, themes of dystopia and destruction, some strong language.
Minimum age: 7.
Family discussion: What made Casey special? What invention would you like to create to make a better future? Would you like to have a friend like Athena?
If you like this, try: Disney classics from the original Tomorrowland era like “Escape From Witch Mountain” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”
“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.
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