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Five for Families: Movies that teach acceptance, tolerance
Denzel Washington in "Remember the Titans" (2000). - photo by Deseret Connect
Movies can teach lessons such as acceptance and tolerance. To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are five movies for families to consider.

Amazon Instant: 'Remember the Titans'

Based on a true story, "Remember the Titans" portrays a high school football team as the players experience their first season in a racially integrated program. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove "Family-Approved" seal for ages 12 and over, stating that the plot is rooted in overcoming ignorance and hatred as it stands on the merits of good storytelling, a dependable performance from its star and several very funny moments. Parent Previews notes the characters act as powerful examples of cooperation (and) standing for what they know is right, adding that the movie will likely leave parents and teens positively impressed. The film is rated PG for thematic elements and some language. recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.

iTunes: 'Babe' praises Babe for its message of kindness toward others and for its animation, stating, With seamless computer animation, the animals appear as if they are talking quite naturally. ... Babe is winsome and heartwarming because it is created with care and tenderness. Regrettably, Babe contains a few mild vulgarities. On the other hand, it has many moments of purity and pleasure that will compel its viewers to love their neighbors. recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

Amazon Instant: "Ice Age"

A woolly mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger and a sloth reluctantly band together to rescue a human baby. The Dove Foundation awarded the prehistoric adventure its Dove Family-Approved seal for all ages, calling it a great story of friendship with characters that are fun to watch and draw you in immediately. The website notes two scenes that may frighten young children. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

In Theaters: "The Good Dinosaur"

A young dinosaur, Arlo, becomes separated from his family. He befriends a young boy and the two embark on an epic journey to find the dinosaurs family. Common Sense Media notes the stunning visuals, moments of clever humor (and) strong messages about loyalty and bravery" but also cautions that "many scenes of danger, trauma and peril may frighten young viewers. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Instant: "John Carter"

A former Civil War captain is transported to Mars, where he encounters an alien race on the brink of its own war. Common Sense Media recognizes strong female characters and an overriding message that theres a particular honor to being selfless, even if it puts your own life in danger. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. recommends the film for viewers ages 12 and older.