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Movie Mom: ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ ‘Gleason’

A forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard) has trouble believing that a boy (Oakes Fegley) has been raised by a dragon.
A forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard) has trouble believing that a boy (Oakes Fegley) has been raised by a dragon. Walt Disney Pictures

Information for parents deciding which movies are best for kids ages 2 to 18:

“Pete’s Dragon”

Why it’s rated PG: Fantasy/action-style peril and violence, sad death of parents (discreetly shown) and references to other absent parents, brief mild language.

Minimum age: 7.

Family discussion: Why did Gavin and Jack have different ideas about their business? If you had a dragon friend, what name would you pick?

If you like this, try: “The Jungle Book” and “Free Willy.”

“Florence Foster Jenkins”

Why it’s rated PG-13: Drinking, smoking, sexual references and non-explicit situation, sad death.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: Was St. Clair right to hide the truth from Florence? What do we learn from her visit to Cosme?

If you like this, try: The documentary “Florence Foster Jenkins: A World of Her Own.”

“Gleason”

Why it’s rated R: Strong language, theme of very severe illness and its impact on a family.

Minimum age: High school.

Family discussion: What messages would you want to leave if you were in Steve Gleason’s situation? What is the best way to help families like the Gleasons?

If you like this, try: “I Am Breathing” and “So Much So Fast.”

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