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    Editor’s note: This monthly series, “5 Family-Friendly Things,” spotlights five family-friendly entertainment choices on film, DVDs, streaming or television.

    What if you could turn a PG-13 movie into a family-friendly film that even a seven-year-old child could watch? 

    Thanks to a new venture between Vudu, Walmart and Clearplay, you can.

    The Walmart-owned Vudu launched in September a new section on its platform called “Family Play,” allowing families to filter out the rough language, sexuality and violence in more than 600 streaming movies, including action films like Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, and more family-centric flicks like Incredibles 2.

    The result: family movie night without uncomfortable moments — and without the need to dive for the remote. Vudu’s Family Play leads this month’s list of 5 Family-Friendly Things.

    As of now, the service is available on computer browsers, iOS and Android devices, and certain smart TVs, but Vudu says the list is growing. 

    I tested the new service by watching Superman Returns with my young children — I connected my laptop to my TV with an HDMI cord — and it worked flawlessly.

    Most movies on Vudu can be rented or purchased, although some are available free, with ads. 

    It’s the most exciting development for family entertainment since the launch of VidAngel, which has a similar service but lost a court case, limiting what can be streamed legally. (VidAngel is still in business and remains the better option if you’re wanting to filter original content from Netflix or Amazon Prime.)     

    Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, said Walmart took a “bold stance” in launching the service. 

    “They’re saying, ‘We know that parents want this. And we’re going to try to find a way to make it happen.’ I’m absolutely thrilled,” Winter told me. “We hope other streaming platforms beyond just Vudu will seek to adopt something like it.”

    The new service also incorporates information from Common Sense Media, the popular website with parental reviews.   

    Learn more: WatchVudu.com/familyfeatures.

    Also worth watching this month:

    ‘When Hope Calls’ — If you’re a fan of Hallmark’s series When Calls The Heart — or just Hallmark movies in general — then you’ll love When Hope Calls. Set in 1916, it tells the story of sisters Lillian and Grace, who open an orphanage in the Canadian town of Brookfield. The series has the same feel and look of When Calls The Heart, but with an entirely different plot. It’s streaming now on Hallmark Movies Now, Hallmark’s on-demand streaming service. 

    ‘Toy Story 4’/‘The Lion King’ — These Disney films are two of the most family-friendly movies of 2019. In Toy Story 4, Sheriff Woody has a new owner and a new hilarious friend: Forky. The Lion King, of course, is a live-action remake of the animated classic. (Parents may want to be prepared to discuss the film’s “circle of life” worldview.) I gave both films high marks. The Disney/Pixar film