Parents will be happy to know that many of this summer's blockbuster movies are considered kid- and family-friendly.
Betsy Bozdech, the director of reviews and ratings for Common Sense Media, and Doug Wright, KSL radio host and film critic, both offer their recommendations on a long list of summer movies for families.
"There are many that are good, but we want to give parents a heads-up," Bozdech said. "Just because a movie is based on toys doesn't mean it's OK to see."
Wright and Bozdech suggest parents be wary of MPAA ratings. Parents should research movies by watching trailers and reading reviews. Wright suggested going to the Deseret News Family Media Guide (deseretnews.com/familymedia) or tuning in to the KSL movie show (Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon) for more movie info.
"Just because your kid is jumping up and down to see a movie on the first weekend doesn't mean they have to see it," Wright said. "Sometimes it doesn't hurt to give it a week and read some reviews."
Here is a list of summer movies that will likely appeal to families with children, with commentary from Wright and Bozdech:
"Thor" — "This should be interesting because director Kenneth Branagh has traditionally done Shakespeare productions," Wright said.
"Kung Fu Panda 2" — "I went into the first movie expecting nada, and it was a charming movie. I have high hopes for this one," Wright said.
"Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer" — "Should be a cute movie," Bozdech said.
"Mr. Poppers' Penguins" — A kiddie cutie, Bozdech said.
"Cars 2" — Both Wright and Bozdech predict this will be one of the best movies of the summer.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" — Has the best trailer of all summer movies, Wright said.
"Zookeeper" — "Who doesn't love a movie with talking animals?" Bozdech said.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" — "My can't-miss movie of the summer," Bozdech said. A word of caution, though. Every installment in the Harry Potter series has been darker and darker and longer and longer, and more and more ominous, so who knows what to expect, Wright said.
"Winnie the Pooh" — It would be difficult to mess this one up, Wright said.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" — "Probably don't want to take grandma and the kids to this one," Wright said.
Other movies kids may be clamoring to see:
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
"X-Men: First Class"
"Captain America: The First Avenger"
"Cowboys & Aliens"
"Conan the Barbarian"
"Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World"
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