Five for Families: Celebrate the peculiar in life and film

Posted October 2

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

Being peculiar is not bad. To celebrate the release of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," here are five films about the peculiar for families to consider.

In theaters: 'Matilda'

A young girl discovers she has special powers that she uses to cope with her “nasty parents” and “horrible school,” according to Parent Previews. The story ultimately has a happy ending for all the characters, but the website warns that younger children may be frightened by portions of the film and that it may be difficult for children to differentiate between sarcasm and depicted reality. Common Sense Media notes, however, that Matilda is a good example of a character who stands up for others. The film is based on author Roald Dahl’s book by the same name and is rated PG for elements of exaggerated meanness and ridicule, and for some mild language. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Tangled'

The long-haired, locked-up Rapunzel leaves her tower for the first time with the help of a bandit on the run and embarks on a journey to discover the world around her and find out who she really is. Parent Previews states that the familiar story shows “staying power” thanks in part to a “plucky princess” as the protagonist who “faces up to her fears of the unknown and follows her dreams.” recommends the film for viewers ages 4 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.

Amazon Video: 'Dumbo'

A young circus elephant, ridiculed because of his huge ears, discovers that he can fly. Parent Previews says because the film features a “commendable moral of soaring above all obstacles” that “this Disney Classic should be a real crowd-pleaser.” The website indicates that there are a few scenes that may be scary and emotional for small children. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Lilo and Stitch'

A young girl adopts the galaxy’s most wanted alien and teaches him about family. The Dove Foundation says that this film is one that appeals to “both young girls and boys” as it teaches the importance of family. “‘Lilo and Stitch’ is a clever fantasy with some strong messages about the importance of love for everyone,” the website states. The film is rated PG for mild sci-fi action. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.



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