Sundance Film Festival isn't known for it's kid-friendly flicks.
In fact, director John Cooper even commented on all of the sex he's seen in this year's picks and how it's different from the sex he's seen in past years at the opening press conference. So, if you're Sundancing with the kids, it's going to be tough.
For the youngest kids, you'll want to hold out for the Tumbleweeds Film Festival, which starts in February. If your kid is in his or her teens or near them, here are some of the films we recommend seeing (whether the films are age-appropriate or not is very subjective, and you should do your own homework on the films as well):
The Way, Way Back, photo by Claire Folger
The Way, Way Back
A coming of ages story about a 14-year-old boy on a horrible summer vacation with his mom and her overbearing boyfriend and his daughter. He escapes by making friends with an easy-going employee at the local water park.
Monday, Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8:30 a.m., The MARC, Park City
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9:30 p.m., Rose Wagner, SLC
Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden
Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., Library Center Theatre, Park City
Jan. 27 at 1 p.m., Screening Room, Sundance Resort
Based on the book by Shannon Hale (likely, one of your daughter's favorite authors), this film tells the story of a Jane Austen fanatic who escapes her ordinary life for Austenland—where it's all things Jane Austen. The film is directed by Jerusha Hess.
Jan. 18 at 12:15 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City
Jan. 19 at 8:30 a.m., Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Peery's Egyptain Theater, Ogden
Jan. 22 at 8:30 p.m., The MARC, Park City
Jan. 24 at 12 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, Park City
Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m., Rose Wagner, SLC
The Crash Reel
If your teen is into snowboarding, he or she already knows about US Champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce's traumatic crash in 2009. This is the story about how Pearce recoverd from the tragedy with tireless support from his family and determination to get back on the slopes. Lucy Walker, an Academy Award-nominated director, made this film.
Friday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m., Rose Wagner, SLC
Friday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 p.m., Rose Wagner, SLC
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m., The MARC, Park City
Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m., Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m., Salt Lake City Library, SLC
Friday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:15 p.m., The MARC, Park City
Several young geniuses try to make the ultimate chess program to beat a human player, but they also have to deal with a group of New Age couples in therapy and actually talking to a girl. Andrew Bujalski wrote and directed this one.
Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m., Library Center Theatre, Park City
Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m., Redstone Cinema, Park City
Jan. 23, 9 p.m., Tower Theatre, SLC
Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
Click here for tickets and more info on this year's Sundance Film Festival.