Family Friendly Movie Recommendations
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From Springfield Moms reader Stefanie Ginder: "We recently rented Akeelah and the Bee. It is probably the most ‘wholesome' movie my family has seen in a LONG time. It is about a little girl and the obstacles she overcomes to win the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. And if you are wondering if the parents will be sitting there the whole time thinking ‘Gosh, the kids are enjoying this, but it has to be the corniest movie on the planet,' not to worry. My husband and I were just as engrossed in the movie as the kids were. And for about a week after watching this movie, my kids were spelling words and pretending they were competing for the National Spelling Bee. It was really neat to see the impact this movie had on them and to show them that with a little hard work and belief in yourself that you can accomplish great tasks. I highly recommend this movie! (Just FYI, it did have 3 cuss words in it, but that was the ENTIRE movie, which I thought for today's standards were pretty darn good.)"
From Springfield Moms founder Kim Little: "For fun, try these: Eight Below, a tear-jerker story about Snow Dogs in Antarctica, or Ice Princess, which describes how a smart and talented girl follows her dreams and teaches her mom a lesson in letting go! We also like Mary Poppins – who can tire of that?! Our two girls have loved the girly movies like Barbie & the 12 Dancing Princesses, Barbie Swan Lake and Barbie Nutcracker. Thankfully, the lead characters in these movies are smart and strong-willed and great problem solvers! They aren't dreaming of Prince Charming … alas, in most of them, Barbie does end up with a boyfriend, but in most cases he is not a Prince, he's an everyday nice guy! The music in the Barbie DVD's is beautiful, and the dancing is based on real New York City Ballet Dancers (as a former dancer, I appreciate this attention to detail!)"
From reader Liza Piazza: "My daughter and I rent movies every week. I rent anything that is a comedy in the PG or PG13 ratings, adult humor that my 3-year-old would not catch really, but when I laugh so does she! Those are the best kind. The classics are the best: Annie, Wizard of Oz, Matilda, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Cat and the Hat (with Mike Meyers). Any Disney film is a delight, and Click with Adam Sandler was really good; my daughter watched it with me also."
From Springfield Moms Advisory Board member Amy McFadden: "Check out the nearby Dollar General or other deep discount store for cheap selections for your VCR. Sure, they're VHS format, but at $1 to $2 for Fisher Price Rescue Heroes, Animated Veggie Tales, Maisy, to mention a few, you can add variety to your video library for a pittance. DVD to see: Disney's movie Cars. If your child is going through a scary-sensitive stage, this flick has no villains and is just plain fun for the whole family. In typical Disney/Pixar tradition, there are jokes and hidden quirks that make this movie watch-able time and again."
If you need a tool to help your discussion with your young child(ren) about the storm disasters, consider " Friends to the Rescue," Sony Wonder. In this DVD, the Sesame Street gang prepares for an impending hurricane and then friends work together to help Big Bird repair his nest. Parenting Magazine rated it among its best DVDs/videos of the year.
Have you checked out the selection of kid's videos at Family Video? Did you know you can rent them for five days, for FREE? The perfect diversion on those too-cold or snowy afternoons-take the kids along and let them pick their own!
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