Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
“Exodus: Gods and Kings”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Biblical themes including slavery, plagues and other kinds of peril and abuse, extensive violence, battles, many characters injured and killed, disturbing scenes with dismemberment and dead bodies.
Minimum age: Middle school.
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Family discussion: How did being raised as a prince affect the way Moses saw himself and his role? How was he affected by learning the story of his birth? Why does he object to the plagues?
If you like this, try: “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston.
Why it’s rated R: Extremely strong, explicit and crude language, sexual references and situations, very crude humor, substance abuse including drugs, mild comic peril.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: What will Andre do next? Would you go to see his movie about the slave rebellion? Who’s in your top five and why is it fun to try to rank your favorites?
If you like this, try: “Sullivan’s Travels,” “Stardust Memories” and Chris Rock’s stand-up performance films and television series.
Find Nell Minow’s reviews at Beliefnet on moviemom.com and on KBEQ FM 104. Email: moviemom@movie mom.com.