There’s an old quote about family reunions that’s worth updating as we approach Independence Day: Don’t discuss politics or "The Last Jedi" around the dinner table.
In fact, it’s possible that of those two, 2017’s "The Last Jedi" will be the most controversial among friends and relatives this summer.
How else do you explain a movie that ranks No. 8 all time in domestic gross receiving a “liked it” audience score of 46 percent at RottenTomatoes.com – despite 91 percent of critics giving it a thumbs up? Most moviegoers on opening night also enjoyed it, rewarding it with an “A” CinemaScore.
This month on Netflix, "Star Wars" fans can gather around the television and watch "The Last Jedi" when it begins streaming June 26. Of course, they’ll likely argue a bit, too.
"The Last Jedi" (PG-13) leads this month’s list of top family-friendly releases on the popular streaming platform.
I was among those "Star Wars" fans who loved "The Last Jedi," which ranks No. 4 on my list of favorite films from the saga. But I’m also smart enough to realize that many of my friends loathed it -- and that it can lead to hours of wasted time debating it.
Some fans hated how Disney and director Rian Johnson treated their favorite characters. Others despised the direction of the movie, and how characters were doing things with the Force that would have been impossible in previous films. Still others saw politics inserted into the storyline. The pushback against "The Last Jedi" might have led to the disappointing box office results for this year’s "Star Wars" film "Solo" (PG-13), with fans staying away in droves.
Despite the controversy, "Star Wars" movies remain popular among many families. "The Last Jedi" comes with a few caveats for parents, such as the violence and disturbing content, as well as some curse words.
Here are four other notable Netflix releases this month for families:
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