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Five for families: Lovable villains in film

Posted October 10

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.

Looks aren't always as they seem. Some story villains have a soft, and musical side. Here are five villain-friendly films for families to consider.

Amazon Video: 'Despicable Me'

A supervillain, Gru, adopts three girls in a plan to steal the moon but instead the girls steal his heart. Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, along with his minion army are transformed for good. MovieGuide.org refers to the film as “a very witty, heartfelt” film, adding that the ending "is so uplifting and redemptive that it overshadows some of the action violence, slapstick comedy and light scatological references.” The website also notes that film "is clever enough to truly surprise the audience" with "laugh-out-loud moments." “Minions,” a spin-off of “Despicable Me,” is now on DVD and Netflix. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

DVD: 'Beauty and the Beast'

A young woman is imprisoned in the enchanted castle of a beast who is under a spell. Parent Previews praised the film for its animation, adding that it also “demonstrates the value of loyalty and sacrifice, and the need to look beneath the surface of people to appreciate the qualities found within.” The website notes that a few parts may be frightening for young children. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Star Wars: A New Hope'

Common Sense Media says this film offers “the best and mildest balance of drama and action” of all the films in the series, stating, “For kids of the right age, this movie is an unforgettable ride through a vast galaxy of imaginative concepts and characters.” The website cautions that the film contains brief and nongraphic depictions of death and some mild language. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

iTunes: 'Hercules'

Hercules, the son of the Greek god Zeus, is kidnapped by Hades and taken to Earth where he must work to reclaim his immortality. Common Sense Media said the film teaches the lesson of what it means to be a true hero but also cautions that it “is a shade darker than many other Disney blockbusters." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

DVD: 'Peter Pan'

With the help of Peter Pan, siblings travel to Neverland where the villainous Captain Hook resides. Disney’s 1953 animated “Peter Pan” is recognized by audiences young and old. Parent Previews attributes the film’s enduring ability to “hook” fans to “the animated magic and enchanting music, or maybe it’s the classic tale’s reminder of youth’s simple pleasures.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 3 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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