Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News features department and Ok.com. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
Redbox: 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'
MovieGuide.org says “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” teaches “honesty and doing the right thing,” stating, “The movie’s random humor and lighthearted story mostly provide a fun, goofy adventure into the depths of underwater mayhem, with some positive lessons along the way.” The website also warns, “There’s plenty of cartoon-branded slapstick violence and juvenile jokes. The comedy is relatively child-friendly, but there’s some scatological humor.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 5 and older.
Netflix: 'Forever Strong'
Catholic News Service's John Mulderig referred to the film as an “uplifting study in true maturity, self-possessed masculinity and dedicated sportsmanship.” While the film contains underage drinking, drug use and mild innuendo, Mulderig wrote that the “moral idealism on display ... far outweighs the few cautionary notes.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.
Amazon Instant: 'The Little Rascals'
The Dove Foundation praises “The Little Rascals” for offering “children’s entertainment without scary characters (or) violence.” The children play several pranks on one another, including offering kitty litter sandwiches and soapy drinking water, but the website says they are “relatively harmless.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.
In theaters: 'McFarland, USA'
PluggedIn.com says the film is a “winning family blend — something that appeals to moms and dads while keeping it clean and inspirational for the kids.” While this sports film can feel “formulaic,” the website says it includes themes of “community and intercultural acceptance and understanding.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.
Parent Previews referred to “Antz” as an “intriguing look” at the balance between “personal freedom” and “the benefits of uniting as a group.” The website warns that “a moment of mild sexual innuendo and about 10 occasions of minor profanity seem much more pronounced in an animated setting.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.