Movie Review Monday

April 6, 2009 Uncategorized 10

We often have what we call “Family Movie Nights” in our home. The movies might be something brand new, or something old. The movie might be something some of us saw in the theaters or not at all. It’s a chance for the five of us to snuggle down, much some popcorn, and share some time together, not easy with two busy teens and a pre-teen.
This weekend we were able to get in two movies…….very surprising!


Marley & Me was actually a Sunday night movie time, the kids had seen in when it came out, but not Kevin and I. I didn’t read the book. For some reason I was not excited to see it a few months ago, but we rented it from Netflix and I was excited to watch it. If you haven’t seen it, I’d give it 4.5/5 stars I think. It wasn’t just about the dog, but about the dynamics of a couple becoming a family and many of their ups and downs. The dog was a humorous and captivating addition. Seeing the movie made me curious to read some of John Grogan’s work. This movie has some sexual references but it is a family movie.

Last summer or fall Nick read the book, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It tells the tale of two very different boys during World War ll. The topic was a big advanced I thought for Nick, but he wanted to read it, and I read it before he did, so I was aware of all that he was reading. One boy is the son of a high ranking Nazi officer, the other boy lives behind the electric fence, a Jewish boy in Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The movie came out in late 2008 and Nick and I saw it, and it was so good, so well done it moved us both to tears at the end. While honest, this book and movie addresses the atrocities and the humanities of many people of this time with such a delicate and sensitive way, it’s amazing. I recommend it for children and adults age 11+.

I just sort of made this blog title and theme up…lol, so have a great Monday and tell me about movies your family has seen together recently…….it’s not always easy to find something appropriate and good for all of us.

10 Responses to “Movie Review Monday”

  1. Denise

    A movie we saw at Christmas time that either just came out or is coming out on DVD is Bedtime Stories. We loved that movie and ‘m planning on putting it in somebody’s Easter basket!

  2. Oxford Impressions

    Hi,
    I just came across your blog for the first time tonight. Sounds like some good movies ya’ll saw over the weekend. I have Marley and Me in Netflix list and am looking forward to it. The other movie I have never heard of, but will now add to my account to have mailed to me. We watched 7 Pounds last night. You have a very nice inviting blog that I enjoyed reading. Thanks, Shaylynn

  3. Miss Healthypants

    I read Marley and Me and laughed and cried through the whole thing–very touching. My friend said the movie was good, too–I’ll have to check it out.

    That other movie sounds good, too. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good recommendations for family movies, since all the ones I’ve seen lately are at least rated PG-13. šŸ™‚

  4. My name is PJ.

    GM Anita! Another timely post betwixt the two of us. I rented Marley and Me yesterday to watch today. I did buy the book, but I haven’t read it…I’m going about this one in the reverse order. I didn’t see The Boy In The Striped Pajamas while I was at the movitorium (what I call the video store.) I will have to look for it next go ’round. I like it when you review things…points me in new directions. Thanks!

  5. Ali

    I haven’t seen the Marley movie but I almost read the book–until I saw a picture on the back cover of the “late” Marley. I new it would be a tearjerker and I just didn’t want to read anything sad!

  6. Shanda

    You might have a great new “meme” idea here…I bet you could get some SITSta’s to join in for a “Movie Review Monday!” Start with some sort of a give away (movie pack with popcorn, candy, etc) for anyone who joins in…just a thought! šŸ˜‰

  7. Terra

    Ok seriously, can my 8 year old watch Marly and Me? Is it REALLY just like the book or did they crop out the bopping through Italy part?

    ALso…the Boy in the PJ’s my three year old picked that out at Barnes and Nobel last week…I have to get it from her room and read it. I really do.

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