Films To Watch With A Twelve Year Old

The ‘parents guide’ section of any given movie on IMDb tells you what to look out for in these films. My kid saw these but not all can.

Boy (a New Zealand film)



Artificial Intelligence

I, Robot


A Quiet Place

The Ritual


The Others

Anime to watch while you’re still a kid

Princess Mononoke

The Cat Returns

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

A Letter To Momo

Wolf Children

Wolf Children and Grave of the Fireflies are also great but the latter in particular is very sad. Wolf Children is probably more sad for adults than for kids.

Kickass older teenage girls

Whip It!


From The Edge Of Seventeen


We Are The Best! (Swedish, and hard to find)

Lady Bird

Films for adults which a 12-year-old would probably understand

About A Boy

True Grit (either the old or the new one, but the dialogue in the old one is easier to understand)


Kings of Summer

What Maisie Knew

Boyhood (it’s long, needs an intermission)


Panic Room


Gritty but good for discussion:


Into The Wild

Samson and Delilah

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