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Family Movie Night

January 27, 2007

We’ve started having almost-weekly family movie nights. We rent a video, pop up some popcorn, and have a very inexpensive and easy family activity. The kids love it. The only problem is that with boys ages 5, 10 and 13, it can be hard to find movies everyone likes, especially if you also include Mom and Dad in “everyone”. I think I’ll try to write up our impressions as we go from now on. Suggestions of other movies that might be a hit with our bunch are of course welcome!

Here are some recent movies that we’ve tried:

Because of Winn Dixie:
This is the story of a ten-year-old girl, Opal, whose mother left her and her father when she was very young. Lonely in a new town, Opal adopts a homeless dog, whom she names Winn Dixie. She makes lots of new friends and learns a lot from them, and it’s all “because of Winn Dixie”. It’s a fairly serious movie, but it does have some funny parts.

I thought the movie was very sad in places, where Opal keeps trying to get her father to tell her about her mother, and why she left them. Our five-year-old was fairly bored by this one, but he did watch it all the way through. He also wanted to know why I was crying, because the movie, in his opinion, was not sad at all. Our ten-year-old loves dogs, so this movie was a hit with him. Our thirteen-year-old had read the book for school, and also enjoyed the movie. Mom and Dad both enjoyed the movie.

Goood Boy:
This is a sci-fi/fantasy/comedy based on the premise that dogs are actually aliens spying on earthlings with an eventual plan of taking over the planet.

Mom and Dad were lukewarm on this one, but the boys all thought it was hilarious!

Ella Enchanted:
A twist on the usual Cinderella story, this one features Ella, gifted by a well-meaning fairy at birth with the “gift” of obedience

The whole family enjoyed this one.

Wallace and Grommit in The Curse of the Wererabbit:
This clay-mation feature stars Wallace and Grommit as humane pest control agents, capturing and housing bunnies who would otherwise be feasting on the town’s vegetable gardens. While attempting to rehabilitate the rabbits so they might be released, something goes terribly wrong…

This is what we watched tonight. The boys had actually seen this before — I had forgotten that the grandparents had taken them when it was in theatres. Nonetheless, they were thrilled to watch it again. They find it hilarious. Mom and Dad found it silly and predictable, but the impressive animation was worth the price of the rental for us.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Camilla permalink
    July 6, 2008 1:14 pm

    Have you tried such films as Ice Age? or Madagascar? They’re both animations by DreamWorks, and even my friends and I (15 and 16 years-old) find them amusing and entertaining. I’m sure they would be fine for smaller children as well.

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