What to watch with your kids: ‘Civil War,’ ‘Dora’ and more (2024)

Dora (TV-Y)


Age 3+

Fantastic reboot beats original, with extra energy and fun.

“Dora” is the reboot of Nickelodeon’s beloved show “Dora the Explorer,” with CGI versions of familiar settings and characters. It looks similar enough not to jar fans, with a few adjustments to improve pacing and storytelling. Episodes now run for just 11 minutes and focus on character-driven stories, and those characters are depicted in more detail. While Dora (voiced by Diana Zermeño) and Boots (Asher Colton Spence) sometimes stumble on spooky situations in the forest, they learn to overcome fear and make wise decisions. Expect some exciting moments, like flying on a dragon or riding a jaguar, but it’s all fun and characters are never in real danger. Always positive and unafraid, Dora is eager to help her friends and family with various tasks while they explore the fantastical forest. The show promotes themes such as persistence and compassion, provides exposure to the Spanish language, and celebrates Latino heritage. The series also incorporates Latino culture into its architecture, food and folklore. (26 episodes)

Available on Paramount Plus.

Civil War (R)

Age 16+

Grisly violence in dystopian war tale with profanity and smoking.


“Civil War” is a grim, gruesome dystopian war drama set during an imagined second Civil War in the United States. Seen through the eyes and lenses of a team of combat journalists (Kirsten Dunst, Cailee Spaeny, Wagner Moura and Stephen McKinley Henderson), the wartime violence is raw, gory, intense and terrifying. Bombs catapult bodies through the air, a captive burns alive, torture victims are strung up (with an eyeball barely in its socket) and assault rifles fire constantly. Bloody and maimed corpses are seen throughout, including hanging off bridges, stacked in a pit and being dumped from a truck. Language is very strong throughout (“s---,” “f---” and more). The journalists smoke cigarettes, and one smokes a joint. Characters drink, sometimes from the bottle, and there’s vomiting. Dunst’s jaded war photographer has hardened from the horrors she’s witnessed over the decades, and writer-director Alex Garland shows viewers the worst of it — making clear the traumatizing toll this career path can take but underlining the importance of a free press and warning viewers that brutality ensues when a polarized country loses the ability to communicate. (109 minutes)

Available in theaters.

Música (PG-13)


Quirky musical has romance, language, mature themes.


“Música” is a charming romantic comedy about a Brazilian American man named Rudy (Rudy Mancuso) with a condition that causes sensory crossovers. He ends up with two girlfriends at the same time, kissing them both. Another woman, whom his mom sets him up with, comes on hard, squeezing his knee and trying to kiss him after only just meeting. Someone is randomly shot and rushed to the hospital but survives without serious injury. The same character occasionally has disturbing memories of an abusive man. Young adults drink (sometimes too much); one character asks another whether he’s high; and language includes “f---,” “s---,” “hell,” “a--hole” and “b----.” Characters speak English with some Portuguese, and the setting is a multiethnic neighborhood in New Jersey. One character, who’s Black, takes on different cultural identities when he goes from neighborhood to neighborhood to better sell food from his truck. In one scene, a White family makes insensitive, ignorant comments about Latinos. (91 minutes)

Available on Prime Video.

Fallout (TV-MA)


Age 16+

Sly video game adaptation has tons of violence, language.


“Fallout” is an action-adventure series based on the role-playing video game franchise of the same name. The show follows the trek of a young vault dweller (Ella Purnell) across a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles to find her father. In the vaults, order rules. Aboveground, groups like the Brotherhood of Steel and their technological knights manage to get by. Then there’s the Ghoul (Walton Goggins), an enigmatic mutant cowboy. The source material includes blood, gore and violence, and viewers will find the same elements here. Violence is frequent and brutal. Bloody hand-to-hand combat, lots of guns and gory wounds are all presented in great detail. Corpses of families, including children, are shown. Characters are shot in the head, bisected by doors and otherwise brutalized. A doctor injects a small object into his ear. Dogs are implied to be incinerated. Characters have sex, and a man’s butt is shown. Language includes “f---” and “s---.” (Eight episodes)

Available on Prime Video.

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What to watch with your kids: ‘Civil War,’ ‘Dora’ and more (2024)


Is the Civil War appropriate for kids? ›

Age 16+ Grisly violence in dystopian war tale with profanity and smoking.

What age is Dora and the lost city of gold for? ›

Although Dora and the Lost City of Gold does contain some violence and scary scenes, these are mostly brief and any sense of threat passes quickly. Therefore the movie isn't recommended for children under five years, and we also recommend parental guidance for children aged 5-8 years.

Why is Civil War rated R? ›

Rated R for war violence and mass death. Running time: 1 hour 49 minutes.

Did 12 year olds fight in the Civil War? ›

Unlike later wars in American history, young people were involved in all aspects of the Civil War, including fighting on the battlefield. William Black, the youngest wounded soldier, was twelve when his left hand and arm were shattered by an exploding shell.

Who was Dora's boyfriend? ›

Well, the producers of the cartoon series confirmed that Dora has no boyfriend. Diego, whom many believe is Dora's boyfriend, is her cousin.

Is Dora older than 18? ›

Age. She is indicated to be 7 years of age until the Season 5 episode Dora's Big Birthday Adventure, in which she turns 8. In Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Dora is now 10 as a few years have passed. During Dora and the Lost City of Gold, she is 6 in the beginning and after the time skip, she is 16.

How old is Dora's crush? ›

Diego Márquez is an 8-year-old Latino action-adventure hero with a big heart.

What grade do kids learn about the Civil War? ›

Lessons on the war and its causes usually begin in the fifth through eighth grades. That means attitudes toward the war may be influenced by what people learned at an age when many were choosing a favorite color or imagining what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Is Captain America Civil War appropriate for an 8 year old? ›

The movie targets older teenagers and adult fans of the series. It has intense scenes of action violence and torture, as well as a suicide bombing. This makes the movie unsuitable for children under 13 years, and we don't recommend it for children under 15 years.

What was the age limit for Civil War? ›

Senator Henry Wilson, chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, sponsored the Conscription Act of 1863, which established the first national draft system and required registration by every male citizen and immigrant who had applied for citizenship between the ages of 20 and 45.

What was the age range for the Civil War? ›

American Civil War Research Database - Union and Confederate Regimental Demonstration. During the war you had to be at least 18 years old to join the military. Men 18-20 years old needed parental permission while those over 45 were considered too old to serve.

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