Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG-13: Extensive comic-book/superhero peril and violence, guns, fights, animal and human characters injured and killed, some disturbing images, family issues including divorce, child support and custody, some strong language.
Minimum age: Middle school.
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Family discussion: Why did Dr. Pym trust Scott? Which of Ant-Man’s powers would you like to have and how would you use them?
If you like this, try: “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers” and “Iron Man.”
Why it’s rated R: Very raunchy sexual humor including explicit sexual references and situations, very strong language, references to substance abuse, drinking, marijuana, cocaine.
Minimum age: Adults.
Discussion: Why did Amy and Kim respond so differently to the way they grew up? Was Amy’s eulogy fair? What do we learn from how Amy tells Aaron about her work for the magazine?
If you like this, try: “The Hangover” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
“Testament of Youth”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Very graphic and disturbing World War I content including battles, injuries and deaths, drinking, smoking.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: How does this story compare to today’s attitudes toward war? What would Vera Brittain have to say about war today?
If you like this, try: The book by Vera Brittain and the WWI films “A Very Long Engagement” and “Gallipoli.”
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