Box Office Mom: Family Movie Night

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Box Office Mom visits Take Five and Company for another movie review.

Family Movie Night

It's January...time to stay home and snuggle up with the family and watch a good DVD!!! I've picked three of my favorite family movies, they're not the most recent, but they're good...

1. Bedtime Stories: Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Kids, Action/Adventure

Rating: Five out of five buckets
Release Date: April 7, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 8+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild

Bedtime Stories is a family comedy about a hotel handy man (Skeeter) whose life changes when the outrages bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to come true. His niece and nephew unknowingly have the power to make the stories become real.

Talking Points:

His clever and creative storytelling is portrayed as a fun and relaxing family activity, which may inspire viewers to do the same thing.

I read that when Adam Sandler was asked about the film he said, "I wanted to make sure I made one movie in my career that mothers hug me for."

Though Skeeters storytelling may be self-absorbed, he is a devoted and loyal uncle who loves his niece and nephew. His love and dedication is shown throughout the movie, as the children are going through a hard time with their parents divorce.

His storytelling highlights greed. He tells stories to get what he wants, (A Ferrari, and a million dollars),

Sexual Content: Mild

• There are some sexual references. Skeeter comments on a girls reputation, saying that she is hot and that she likes to have a good time.
• In real life and his stories, Skeeter tries to kiss several women, and he says he's a great kisser. Eventually, he actually does kiss a character.

Violent Content: Mild

• There are some violent scenes in a few of Skeeter's bedtime stories. There are battle scenes, and laser beams are used in some of his stories.
• Skeeter steals a motorcycle as a way to rapidly get to a crime scene.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

Words such as "stupid," and "weird,"

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Mild

• Characters drink alcohol. Skeeter mentions drinking in his "bedtime stories."

Overall, it's a fun, heart warming, unassuming movie that the whole family will enjoy.


2. The Blind Side: Drama, Comedy, Sports

Rating: Five out of five buckets
Release Date: March 23, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 9+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent Content: Moderate
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drugs and Alcohol Content: Moderate

The Blind Side is an inspirational, heartwarming true story based on the life of Michael Oher. Michael was a homeless African American boy from a broken home, who was picked up off the streets by Leigh Anne Tuohy(Sandra Bulock) and her family, and then taken to their home. The Tuohy's helped Michael pursue his potential, he is now a lineman in the NFL, playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Talking Points:

I think it's good for young viewers to see how hard Michael worked to succeed. Michael came from the Nashville projects, he was admitted to Wingate Christian school for his athletic potential. Most of the students there were white, they came from educated and well-to-do families. Even though Michael was rescued from his awful environment in the projects, he then had new challenges to overcome. With his hard work, and the help of his tutor and adopted family, he succeeded to become an All-American offensive left tackle.

This is a movie about helping others, which is great for kids to view. Leigh Anne initially takes Michael in for a temporary place to stay, and he gradually becomes part of the family. When a friend of Leigh Anne's tells her how wonderful it is that she's changing this boy's life, Leigh Anne replies, "He's changing mine." So often we find that when we help others, we tend to get more satisfaction then the people we're helping.
The Touhy children are great kids, very welcoming to their house guest, eventually their adoptive brother. S.J. Touhy(the son) develops a strong friendship with Michael, Collins(the daughter) takes more time to warm up to him, but eventually does.

The actors were terrific! Sandra Bullock was amazing, and the actor who played the little boy were great! Kids will like him, my son thought he was the coolest.

Sexual Content: Mild

• Implied that Leigh Anne and Sean have sex.
• Sexual conversations, but nothing too much.

Violent Content: Moderate

• When Michael went back to the projects to look for his biological mother, some of the guys were making crude comments about Leigh Anne and her daughter. Michael defends them, and gets into a fight with one of the guys in the projects. This is a disturbing scene, especially for younger kids.

• Michael and S.J(the son) get into a car accident, this scene shows a lot of blood, which may also be disturbing to young viewers.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

• Swearing throughout the movie.

Drugs and Alcohol Content: Moderate

• Michael's mom has a drug addiction.
• Leigh Anne drinks wine in the film.

Overall this is a feel good sports drama that the whole family will enjoy. However, it is PG13 due to some violence and disturbing

3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Review: Comedy, Kids, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Musical, Animation

Rating: 5 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: August 7, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: Any age
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent Content: Mild
Crude or Profane Language: None

Ahh young love. Ted(voice of Zac Efron), a 12 year-old boy, asked Audrey, (voice of Taylor Swift), the girl of his dreams, what she would do if a boy showed her a real tree; Audrey replied, "I'd marry him." That was it for Ted, he was on a mission to find out why the trees in their world were all chopped down, and he was determined to find a tree to show Audrey. He went to visit Once-ler, a strange creature who was involved with the tree debacle. While chatting with Once-ler, Ted learned the intriguing story of the Lorax,(voice of Danny DeVito), a charming creature who fought to save the trees. So now it was up to Ted to fulfill his goal, and get the girl. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, is a fun, entertaining movie for kids of all ages.

Talking Points:

The Lorax has caused some controversy because of the environmental message instilled throughout the film. Some commentators thought the message was over the top, trying to "indoctrinate our children." Some adults may feel the same way, however kids will most likely enjoy this film. It was an entertaining movie, with some catchy tunes and fun characters. The theater was packed with young kids, who were all very attentive, while laughing at the humorous parts.

When Once-ler gave Ted the last tree seed, he said, "It's not what it is. It's about what it can become." We all grow and learn in life, especially our children. A good lesson for kids.

It was annoying to see Once-ler's family mocking and criticizing him; saying he would never succeed. When he became successful they were supportive, however when he failed, they left him.

Sexual Content: Mild

Animated characters wore bikinis.
Ted had a dream that he kissed Audrey, it was a sweet innocent scene.

Violent Content: Mild
• There was some slapstick, silly animated violence.
• Ted was threatened and chased by Mr. O'Hare, a business tycoon, who sold bottled city air. He may scare young kids.
• When Ted approached Once-ler's house, he had to avoid an array of old machinery, loaded with dangerous blades.

Crude or Profane Language: None

Drugs and Alcohol Content: None

Overall The Lorax is a cute entertaining film for young kids. It's appropriate for kids of any age, though parents need to be aware of the mild, slapstick violence.

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg, www.boxofficemom.com

 

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