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Five for Families: Films that celebrate Americana

Posted July 2

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

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate independence, and often comes with a bit of nostalgia. Here are five family friendly films that focus on the culture and history of America for families to consider.

iTunes: 'An American Tail'

The Mousekewitz family leaves Russia after their home is destroyed by cats. They board a ship to the United States, but a fierce storm separates the family and they must find each other in America. Parent Previews calls "An American Tail" a "delightfully animated film" and says the "heartwarming story of a little mouse and his family (by renowned director Don Bluth) gives children a touching glimpse of the dreams that brought thousands of immigrants flooding to America" and "the hardships many endured upon their arrival." One of the film's songs, "Somewhere Out There," was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music (Original Song). Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

iTunes 'Miracle'

The film, based on the U.S. hockey team's win at the 1980 Olympics, begins with historical footage which Movieguide.com says "sets the stage for the lack of confidence and hope that Americans began to feel for their future after a decade of heart-rending social and political problems." The website notes the victory over the Soviet team "inspired a renewed spirit of confidence and hope in Americans." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Netflix: 'The Sandlot'

Chris Hicks wrote for the Deseret News that “The Sandlot” is a “series of comic vignettes” featuring a ragtag group of young boys. “But if you can accept ‘The Sandlot’ on its own terms, as a sentimental, nostalgic look at growing up, through that overused metaphor, baseball … you’ll have fun," Hicks wrote. "More importantly, young audiences will have fun.” The film is rated PG for some language and kids chewing tobacco (with negative consequences). Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: 'National Treasure'

A treasure seeker (Nicholas Cage) is on the hunt for the Templar Treasure, but a team of mercenaries are also hot on the trail. Movieguide.org recommends the film as "one of the best, most family friendly movies of 2004" for extolling "ideals such as liberty, traditional family values, bravery, honor, patriotism, loyalty and justice." The film is rated PG for action violence and some scary images. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Independence Day'

Plugged In calls the 1996 alien invasion film "an action-packed science fiction thriller about aliens trying to wipe out the human race during Fourth of July weekend." The website praised the film for its portrayal of a president with principles and for its celebration of sacrifice, marriage and parent-child relationships, but cautions viewers about the frequent use of profanity. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 12 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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