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.