By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media movie editor
It's impossible to avoid every potentially upsetting/awkward scene in every movie your kids will ever see. But before you push play or buy a ticket, check out detailed movie reviews to get a heads-up on potential red flags. Watch with your kids, and be ready to offer a comforting hug or pause the movie to talk about why a scene was sad, scary or strange. Don't be afraid to say no to a movie your kid isn't ready for. And don't forget that, with the right context, facing "blindside" moments -- especially the sad or scary ones -- as a family can be really important in helping kids develop a solid foundation for coping with life's inevitable ups and downs.
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