The kids are back to school, and many of you have returned to being the overachieving, multitasking wizards that you are. No more laying at the beach reading trashy magazines and sipping out of juice boxes — you are once again climbing back on top of that giant to-do list… with zero time to accomplish it all! And for some of us, on more than one occasion the dining room has four wheels, and dinner comes from a window. Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, I can’t help with your list or your dinner because I am right there with you, but I can help with one thing: recommending family-friendly redbox movies that are worth your while.
So here’s the idea. Each month I, or another guest mommy-blogger (maybe it’s you!), will recommend children’s movies that we think our kids will love, or at least like. We’ll break it down a couple of different ways to see what sticks. If we all work together, we should be able to come up with a whole bunch of ideas for family movie night that won’t involve covering your younger kids’ ears or having to witness eye-rolling from your teenagers. You ready?
Here we go…
Furry Vengeance (PG) So I lied, there might be a little eye-rolling with your older kids, but the funny parts outweigh the cheesy bits.
Top Pick for a Movie with a Message
Letters to God (PG) Pull out a box of tissues, this is a heartwarming tale of courage and hope for the whole family.
Ice Castles (PG) Lots of moms remember the 1979 original with Robby Benson, so maybe your daughter will let you watch it with her and her friends. Doubt it, but it wont hurt to ask.
Batman: Under the Red Hood (PG-13) Do boys ever get tired of Batman? You know the answer to that. This movie is pretty violent, and personally I look for PG minus the 13.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians (PG) If you loved the book, you’ll love the movie. This is definitely a must-rent your family will want to watch over and over, especially on Blu-ray.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (G) This movie is a win-win. An inspiring dog story combined with Richard Gere means you can spend time with the kids and go to your happy place.
That’s all for now, but I’d love to hear from you. You can either share your picks in the comments section or be really brave and write a mini movie review. We just might publish it here on redblog, with your permission of course!
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About Betsey Kershaw: I’m a mom + movie lover—what better combo? I started my work-life in “the biz” working in NYC as a graphic designer for Children’s Television Workshop and Nickelodeon. Now living in the Midwest, I am a design and marketing consultant and an occasional contributor to redblog. I like feedback, so send me yours! Twitter: @bkershaw