We are movie buffs in our house and most Pixar movies top our list for fun, family-friendly films. This summer’s kids movies are full of action, adventure, sequels, and animation, and except for Pixar’s upcoming Wall-e, most new releases are rated PG or PG-13. Whether or not these films are appropriate for your child is your call. As a mom of two six-year-old boys–who are growing up fast–I personally wish there were a few more G-rated films out there.
So here’s our guide to help you decide whether to take the kids, leave them home, wait for the DVD, or skip it altogether! For already released movies, I have included the Kids-in-Mind rating system that ranks the amount of sex, violence, and profanity on a scale of 1 to 10. For films that are still unreleased but have already received ratings, I have included the Motion Picture of Association (MPA) rating system. I will update this movie list as the films are released and rated. Feel free to add your own comments below.
A word of caution for parents of young kids who have yet to take their children to see their first movie on the big screen: previews are long and may show sneak peaks of other less appropriate films, the theater’s sound system tends to be very loud, and the theater is very dark. I advise choosing aisle seats in case a quick exit becomes necessary. Read the Movie Theater Rookie Report to hear one dad’s movie experience with his little kido.
RATING: PG-13 (Sex-4, Violence-7, Profanity-5)
STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow
Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Based on the comic book superhero.
Son of Rambow
RATING: PG-13 (Sex – 3, Violence-5, Profanity-5)
STARRING: Bill Milner and Will Poulter
Genre: Comedy | Drama
British indie flick about a pre-teen who is filming his own action movie.
RATING: PG (Sex-2, Violence-5, Profanity-3)
STARRING: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman
Genre: Action | Family | Sport
Remake of the ’60s anime cartoon with real actors and computer-generated cars.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
RATING: PG (Sex-1, Violence-6, Profanity-1)
STARRING: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Ben Barnes
Genre: Adventure | Family | Fantasy
The second in the series based on C. S. Lewis’s seven Narnia books. The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia to restore order.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
RATING: PG-13 (Sex-1, Violence & Gore-7, Profanity-4)
STARRING: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett
Genre: Action | Adventure
Famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action in the fourth installment in the series.
Kung Fu Panda
RATING: PG for kung fu sequences. (Sex-1, Violence-3, Profanity-1)
STARRING: Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman
Genre: Animation | Action | Comedy | Family
Animated martial arts film about a lazy panda.
The Incredible Hulk
RATING: PG-13 (For sci-fi action violence, some disturbing images and brief partial nudity.)
(Sex-2, Violence-6, Profanity-4)
STARRING: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt
Genre: Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Remake – Physicist Bruce Banner battles evil to try and cure the condition that turns him into a monster.
RATING: PG-13 (Sex-4, Violence-5, Profanity-4)
STARRING: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway
Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
Remake of the ‘60s TV series about Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86.
RATING: G (Sex-1, Violence-2, Profanity-1)
STARRING: Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger
Genre: Animation | Comedy | Family | Romance | Sci-Fi
A love story about Wall-e, the last little robot on Earth until he meets Eve.
RATING: PG-13 (Sex-2, Violence-6, Profanity-5)
STARRING: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron
Genre: Action | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
A fallen superhero tries to repair his image.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
RATING: G (Sex-1, Violence-3, Profanity-1)
STARRING: Abigail Breslin, Joan Cusack, Chris O’Donnell, Stanley Tucci
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Mystery
A young girl grows up during the Depression (based on the American Girl doll line).
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D
RATING: PG (For intense action and some scary moments)
(Sex-2, Violence-4, Profanity-1)
STARRING: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Genre: Action | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Scientist takes his nephew to center of Earth and discovers a fantastic and dangerous lost world.
The Dark Knight
RATING: PG-13 (For intense sequences of violence and some menace)
(Sex-2, Violence-7, Profanity-3)
STARRING: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Batman sequel finds Batman and the Joker at odds again.
RATING: G (Sex-0, Violence-2, Profanity-1)
STARRING: Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Patrick Warburton, Jeff Daniels
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Animated monkeys are blasted into space.
(Sex-3, Violence-3, Profanity-4)
STARRING: Keke Palmer, Ice Cube
Genre: Drama | Sport
The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
RATING: Rated PG-13 for adventure action and violence.
(Sex-3, Violence-7, Profanity-3)
STARRING: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Thriller
Cursed Chinese mummy threatens to enslave the world in third sequel.
Father-and-son duo unearth the mummy, a shape-shifting entity who was cursed by a wizard centuries earlier.
Fly Me to the Moon
RATING: G (Sex-1, Violence-2, Profanity-1)
STARRING: Buzz Aldrin, Ed Begley Jr., Tim Curry
Three young houseflies sneak aboard the Apollo 11 flight to the moon.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
RATING: Rated PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking. (Sex-1, Violence-3, Profanity-1)
STARRING (Voices): Matt Lanter as Anakin, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex, Tom Kane as Yoda, and Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress
Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Animated Star Wars prequel to be followed by TV series.