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Five for Families: Films show the gift of adoption

Posted November 6

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.

Hollywood imitates life and shows the power of adoption in movies that show a child who arrives at a couple's home with leaves growing his ankles, or orphans who melt the heart of a grumpy curmudgeon. To celebrate National Adoption Month, here are five films for families to consider.

iTunes: "Annie" 1982

Set in the 1930s and based on the American comic strip, "Annie" tells the story of a feisty young girl who lives in a miserable orphanage. A wealthy man, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, takes her in to improve his public image and attempts to help her find her family. But the cruel orphanage owner, Miss Hannigan, played by Carol Burnett, has a scheme to keep the girl and get the reward money. Parent Previews says a "little girl hoping for a family" is the core of this film and that "rambunctious dance scenes" and "catchy tunes" set the film apart. The website states that some elements such as children in peril may frighten young children. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Video: "The Odd Life of Timothy Green"

A couple, unable to have a child, write down all the wishes and dreams for their child and bury the list in the garden. Soon, a boy named Timothy arrives, with leaves growing on his ankles, and calls them mom and dad. Plugged In says the film contains "strong messages about parenthood and childhood, about unconditional love and the beauty of adoption." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: "Meet the Robinsons"

An orphan who dreams of finding a family, meets a stranger who takes him to the future. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove "Family Approved" seal for all ages and praises the film and calls it an amazing movie that "focuses on some important values like self-confidence, being true to one's self, letting go of the past and moving forward." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

iTunes: "Stuart Little"

A young mouse is adopted into the Little family, but the family cat is less enthusiastic. The Dove Foundation says that throughout the course of several adventures the film teaches the importance of family, friendship and loyalty and that in the end “the Littles learn that everyone has a little bit of a ‘Stuart’ in them: tenacity, courage and spirit, which all play active roles in their lives.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

iTunes "Despicable Me 2"

Gru forsakes his life of crime to raise his new family, but the Anti-Villain League needs his help. According to Parents Television Council, the film contains “sweet messages about love, romance, loyalty and family.” The website says the film “contains little to concern parents” but warns that it does include instances of slapstick comedy and “mild toilet humor." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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