Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
“The Book of Life”
Why it’s rated PG: Day of the Dead-inspired images with skeletons and afterlife settings, characters in peril, some violence, sad deaths, some scary monsters and villains, brief potty humor and some mild language.
Minimum age: 7.
Family discussion: How can you tell when to follow your parents’ advice and when to do what feels right to you? What is the best way to make sure we remember the people who are no longer with us?
If you like this, try: “The Princess and the Cobbler” and “Rio.”
Why it’s rated R: Very intense and graphic wartime violence, with many characters injured and killed, executions, disturbing images, sexual assault, looting, constant very strong and crude language, drinking, smoking.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: How does this differ from other portrayals of WWII combat? What are the different ways the men in this movie cope with the moral compromises of war?
If you like this, try: “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Big Red One.”
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