Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’
Why it’s rated PG: Action-style violence, battles, human and animal characters in peril, very sad death, brief potty humor.
Minimum age: 7.
Family discussion: What did Hiccup discover about himself? How is Hiccup like his father and his mother? What does Drago want?
If you like this, try: The first movie and the television series “Dragons: Defenders of Berk.”
‘22 Jump Street’
Why it’s rated R: Extremely strong and vulgar language, sexual references and non-explicit situations, brief nudity, drinking and drunkenness, fraternity hazing, drugs and drug dealing, law enforcement violence with guns and explosions, characters injured and killed.
Minimum age: Mature teens.
Family discussion: Which one of the sequel ideas glimpsed at the end looks funniest? Do you prefer relationships with some friction?
If you like this, try: “21 Jump Street” and “Lethal Weapon.”
‘Words and Pictures’
Why it’s rated PG-13: Strong language, some crude, sexual references and a sexual situation, painful family confrontations, illness and some mild peril.
Minimum age: High school.
Family discussion: Which do you prefer, words or pictures, and why? How should the school handle a problem like the one faced by Emily? What makes a great teacher?
If you like this, try: “Roxanne,” by the same director.
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