Tech Tuesday: Family Movie Reviews

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Thinking of taking the kids to the movies this weekend? There is always a long list of new features hitting theaters each week and we know it can be hard to keep up with all the new kid-appropriate films. Common Sense Media has compiled a list of new movies along with their thorough review of the movie and pointing out potential issues you might find for different age groups.

Check out their list HERE.

Below is an example of one of their reviews for the movie Wonder.

What parents need to know

Movie review by

Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Earnest, emotional book adaptation has strong messages.
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 113 minutes

Parents need to know that Wonder is an earnest, emotional family drama based on R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel of the same name. It centers on Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with a genetic facial difference. Auggie meets both cruel bullies and good friends as he attends school for the first time; his supportive family (including his parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) is always there for him — even when he tries to push them away. The movie has clear positive messages about choosing kindness, appreciating everyone for who they are (rather than what they look like), and true friendship; empathy and perseverance are also strong themes. There’s some fighting among tweens/young teens and sad moments involving a loss. Language includes name-calling and insult words like “shut up,” “jerk,” “freak,” and “deformed,” as well as an “oh my God” or two. Teens kiss, and adults flirt/exchange mile innuendo. A teen character finishes her mom’s abandoned glass of wine after her mom, who’s going through a difficult divorce, falls asleep/passes out.

from Commonsense Media

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