On June 30, Hollywood Christian Examiner describes “Faith of our Fathers,” released in theaters July 1, as a solid tribute to forgotten Viet Nam War veterans. In this article, Michael Foust writes, “As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a new movie that hits theaters Wednesday – just in time for Independence Day – seeks to provide healing…”
Also on June 30, on tipr.tv, Rusty Wright (award-winning author, journalist and syndicated columnist) writes, “As this nation commemorates the war’s 50th anniversary, a touching new film traces its impact on two families. Faith of our Fathers tells a moving (fictional) story of two men who, in 1997, embark on a journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, to discover the fathers they never knew. Guided by wartime letters from their dads – combat companions who died in Vietnam – John Paul George and Wayne Adams meet their fathers and themselves.”
Mojo Box Office on June 30 provides its latest box office data that reveals that among the top-ranked movies in theaters for the first week of July there are many family movies. However, these summer family favorites have a range of acceptable content related to the ages of children. Here are insights about age-appropriateness and adult content in popular summer family movies. Parents and guardians should note that due to violence and other inappropriate content, many of the popular summer movies are not appropriate for children, especially under 7 or 8.
“Home” (#15, after many weeks in theaters) remains one of the best picks for families with children of all ages. The Dove Foundation has rated it “Family-Approved” For All Ages.
June 30, Bill Hader, discusses his voicing of one of conflicting emotions in young Riley, who has moved to a new environment, in the movie “Inside Out. “The Dove Foundation (DP) has rated this movie as “Family-Approved” For Ages 12 and Over. Even after weeks in theaters, this movie remains #2 at the box office, according Mojo Box Office, and has received good reviews from reputable sources.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron”(currently #5 at the box office despite being in the theaters for many weeks) is possible worthwhile family movie pick for families with youths. This a PG-13 rated movie, due to violent action and some mild foul language. This movie, however, has moral and redemptive content. Like in most super-hero movies, characters fight to defend humanity. They even sacrifice themselves for others. This movie emphasizes teamwork, goodness, family and more. Captain America is an admirable hero. DP rates this movie as “Family-Approved” For Ages 12 and Over.
“Max,” (#4) in the theaters for the second week is another good family, PG, movie pick for families with youths. Parents should note that this may not be appropriate movies for young children due to violence and military scenes. About a teenage boy, his dog, and his family, “Max” is heart-felt movie about a boy who cares for his deceased brother’s traumatized army dog. DP also rates it as “Family-Approved” For Ages 12 and Over.
Parents should note that “Jurassic World” (#1 at the box office) is not appropriate for children under 7 or 8 due to fantasy violence. DP considers it Not Recommended for Families.
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” (which is # 16 at the box office, after many week in theaters) is a PG movie for families. DP rates this silly but entertaining comedy as “Family-Approved” For Ages 12 and Over.
“Batkid Begins” is a heart-warming documentary in theaters about a 5-year-old boy with leukemia who wishes to become Batman. The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants Miles Scott at 5 years of age the wish to become Batman, after he has fallen in love with Batman from an animated movie. Make-a-Wish transformed parts of downtown San Francisco into Gotham City, provided Batmobiles, and even gather people to play characters from Gotham City. The event they produced had a pronounced effect on the whole community after more than 20,000 people signed up to help. Movieguide® gives this PG movie a top quality and top acceptability rating,
Good family reviews for movies with sufficient, user-friendly detail are more critically valuable than ever before because many popular family movies have elements of violence, language, and more that are not appropriate for children. PG and PG-13 movies require diligent parental guidance. Children under 7 or 8 are critically vulnerable because in most cases they have not yet developed their own consciences and have difficulty discerning fantasy from reality.
More and more children are at risk as they are exposed to inappropriate and adult content on media technologies that include: cellphones, video games, computers, television, and on theater screens. Parents and guardians need to be especially vigilant, knowledgeable, and careful today in their supervision of children as they guide them through various stages of development. They need to make sure that that children are exposed to what is age-appropriate and acceptable. Movieguide® provides excellent, specific, detailed information about quality and acceptability of movies for all ages, especially for families with children and youths.