Five for Families: 'Angry Birds' and other films based on games

Posted May 30, 2016

Red (Jason Sudeikis) enjoys lunch alone in the park in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation's "Angry Birds." (Deseret Photo)

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

Video and board games have been fodder for movie plots for years. The recently released "The Angry Birds Movie," based on the popular cellphone game, features flightless birds in battle against green pigs. Can they win before the game is over? Here are five films based on real or fictional games for families to consider.

In theaters: 'The Angry Birds Movie'

"The Angry Birds Movie" features Red, a flightless bird that is sent to anger management class and meets three fellow birds with similar problems. When green pigs from a neighboring island show up on the bird island, the inhabitants welcome the visitors, but Red is suspicious and enlists the help of his new friends to find out what the pigs want. recognizes the "strong moral worldview extolling parenthood, appropriate self-control (and) not letting your anger get the best of you." The website also notes the "funny touching moments" but cautions about the "rude humor, innuendo and destructive cartoon violence." recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

iTunes: 'Wreck-It Ralph'

A video game character longs to be a good guy. In a quest to prove he can be a hero, Wreck-it Ralph accidentally releases a deadly enemy that threatens the arcade games. Common Sense Media praised the film for its "meaningful message about being an underdog and discovering who you really are." The film is rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence. recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Jumanji'

Robin Williams stars as a man who is released by two children after years of being trapped in a magical but dangerous board game. Common Sense Media says that while the film contains “lots of thrills,” the “monstrous jungle predators” and other enchanted creatures may be “too intense for some kids." The film is rated PG for menacing fantasy action and mild language. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

iTunes: 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'

A fugitive prince and princess must protect an ancient dagger that is capable of turning back time in this film based on a video game franchise. notes the "loving and loyal family" and praises the "utterly heroic characters" who are "willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save others." The website warns of revealing outfits and heavy doses of violence. recommends the film for viewers ages 12 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Battleship'

Based on the Hasbro game, a naval war ship and crew face alien invaders that have come to steal Earth's resources. calls the movie "turbo charged" with a "very strong moral, patriotic worldview stressing humility, maturity, bravery, heroism and celebrating the contributions of previous generations," but warns of foul language and intense action. recommends the film for viewers ages 13 and older.



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