Five For Families: Destination films take viewers to Europe

Posted September 12, 2016

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.

Anything seems possible in Europe when a sewer rat becomes a chef and a European princess falls in love with an American newsman. Follow these family-friendly tales through Europe in these five films for families to consider.

Amazon Video: 'Ratatouille'

In "Ratatouille, a young Parisian rat named Remy is obsessed with becoming a great chef. After he is separated from his family, he leaves the sewer and wanders into the restaurant of a famous chef, and with the help of a clumsy kitchen boy, the duo becomes famous. Plugged In called the animated movie "appealing and its furry epicurean delightful. On top of that is the positive story garnish of giving respect (and credit) to others, working hard and not giving up on your dreams," with messages about sticking together as a family, admitting when you are wrong and making right choices in the face of negative ramifications. The film won an Oscar for best animated feature film. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Anastasia'

Two con men in search of a reward help the last surviving child of the Russian royal family reunite with her grandmother. says the film tells the “romantic story of the lone surviving heir to the Romanov throne” and that it is “magnificent entertainment which parents and children can enjoy” if parents “help their children develop discernment about the spiritual and historical weaknesses of the movie.” recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

iTunes: 'Roman Holiday'

This 1953 classic film stars Audrey Hepburn as a sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American journalist (Gregory Peck) in Rome. Common Sense Media notes that both leads are good role models by the end of the film and that the "age-old duty-versus-love conflict" is a plot that all will be able to easily follow. The film won three Oscars including best actress, best writing and best costume design. recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

iTunes: 'Brave'

Merida is the daughter of a Scottish king and is a skilled archer who is courageous and defiant. Merida is determined to break an age-old tradition, and that leads to chaos in the kingdom and a curse she must break. The Dove Foundation awarded "Brave" its Dove "Family-Approved" seal for ages 12 and older and praised the film for its "themes of forgiveness and continuing to learn in life," adding that its animation is "fantastically executed and the voice work is top notch." The website advises there are a "few jump scenes" and fantasy violence, which may be too intense for young children, but there is also a lot of humor. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'

Still trying to return home to New York, Central Park zoo animals Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman journey to Monte Carlo and join a circus, but the French captain of animal control is on the trail. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove "Family-Approved" seal for all ages and called the film a "joy ride" with likable animals and fast-paced action. recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.



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