Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:
Why it’s rated PG: Fantasy peril and some violence (no one hurt), references to children being eaten by giants, some potty humor.
Minimum age: 7.
Family discussion: What dream would you most like to have? Why wasn’t the BFG like the other giants?
If you like this, try: Roald Dahl books and movies including “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Matilda” and “James and the Giant Peach.”
“Independence Day: Resurgence”
Why it’s rated PG-13: Extended sci-fi peril and violence with some disturbing images and characters who are injured and killed, including vast destruction and genocide. Characters use some strong language, and there is brief potty humor.
Minimum age: Middle school.
Family discussion: What should the president have considered in deciding about the orb? What would you want to ask it?
If you like this, try: The original “Independence Day” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
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