Five for Families: Celebrate families, relationships in film

Posted May 14, 2016

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.

Celebrate International Day of Families on May 15 with some flicks about relationships, some within biological families and some that form through unlikely friendships. Here are five films for families to consider.

Amazon Video: 'The Iron Giant'

Adapted from Ted Hughes' children's book, the "The Iron Giant" follows a young boy, Hogarth, who saves an alien robot from electrocution. The unlikely friendship leads the boy to hide the robot in the junkyard for safety when a government agent wants to destroy the giant. Parent Previews said "this act of mercy sparks a friendship between the lonely characters and makes Hogarth determined to protect the creature" and calls the film "compelling" and "worthwhile." The Dove Foundation awarded the movie its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages, calling the film "highly entertaining, with humor aimed at both kids and adults alike." The movie is rated PG for fantasy action, violence, language, some thematic material and smoking. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

iTunes: 'How to Train Your Dragon'

Hiccup, a clumsy Viking, is determined to join the fight against the dragons that invade his village. He creates a device that brings down a dragon but instead of killing the injured dragon, the two work to end the feud. calls the film "funny, entertaining, exciting and heart-warming family fun" with a "hero who is constantly willing to sacrifice for others." recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

iTunes: 'Little Women' (1994)

Based on the Louisa May Alcott book, the story follows the lives of the March sisters. With their father at war, their mother is left to care for the girls. calls the movie "a story of love, courage and the priceless gift of family," and notes the "virtues of modesty, friendship, compassion, forgiveness, peace, moral courage and inner strength" are portrayed. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian'

The Pevensie siblings return to the magical world of Narnia and help restore the rightful heir to the throne. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its "Family-Approved" seal for ages 12 and over, stating that "the film's themes of perseverance, loyalty and the fight against evil are to be applauded." The website adds that "despite the intense scenes, there are several moments of humor sprinkled in the story." recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Netflix: 'The Land Before Time'

A group of young dinosaurs travel together to the Great Valley in order to escape famine and reunite with their families. It is the first in a series of films and also sparked a TV show. Common Sense Media says the series “shows kids that the bonds of friendship go deeper than appearance,” but it notes that young viewers may be “disturbed seeing the childlike dinosaurs torn from their parents." recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.



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