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Five for Families: Sandlot is a nostalgic look at youth
Patrick Renna in "The Sandlot. - photo by Deseret Connect
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Note: Since not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

DVD: 'The Sandlot'

Chris Hicks wrote for the Deseret News that The Sandlot is a series of comic vignettes featuring a ragtag group of young boys. But if you can accept The Sandlot on its own terms, as a sentimental, nostalgic look at growing up, through that overused metaphor, baseball ... youll have fun. More importantly, young audiences will have fun. Parents should note that the film is rated PG for some language, including a few S-words, and kids chewing tobacco (with negative consequences). recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'The Karate Kid'

Common Sense Media refers to the film as a fine pick for families with older tweens as a standard new-kid-in-town flick and notes it's got soul thanks to the teacher-student relationship. The website cautions, however, that the film contains some swearing, insults and fights and one scene of marijuana use. recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.

Redbox: 'Penguins of Madagascar' praises the film for stressing the idea of doing the right thing almost constantly and for teaching that its not how you look, but what you do that counts. The website states that the film, which is rated PG for mild action and some rude humor, is fairly wholesome. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

iTunes: 'Stuart Little'

The Dove Foundation states that throughout the course of several adventures the film teaches the importance of family, friendship and loyalty and that in the end the Littles learn that everyone has a little bit of a Stuart in them: tenacity, courage and spirit, which all play active roles in their lives. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Netflix: 'Brother Bear'

Parent Previews says the film tells of a boy named Kenai who has the unique opportunity to walk in another mans moccasins, or in this case paws when he is turned into a bear. (Kenai) unearths the meaning of love, the website states, and finds a whole new perspective on brotherhood. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.