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I love watching movies! At home on the couch, at the theater, with friends, with family, in sickness or in health--it's all fun! But risky as well. Risky, that is, to my spirituality if I am not careful with what I choose to view. During high school, I used my best friend and a newspaper column as movie screeners. Then a former seminary teacher introduced me to a great Web site and a friend showed me another one. Both are free with a list of movies from about 15 years ago to current releases. [Click on the name for the link to the site.]

Screenit: This Web site gives a short and full summary of the movie plot and the content, divided into categories. I like this site because it is very explicit: I know what language is in the movie and how many times it occurs. Note: In order to review movies before the release date, you must become a member.

Kids in Mind: This site is similar to screenit, but somewhat less extensive (especially in the movie summary and language department).

Don't risk your spirituality; protect your kids; use these sites to test whether or not movies meet your standards. It may mean not watching some movies you were really wanting to watch, so keep an eternal perspective. And don't pass up movies because they look too childish, boring, or different. There are many I have watched that are fun, clean, and uplifing:

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (Veggie Tales)
Jonah (Veggie Tales)
The Prince of Egypt
A Man For All Seasons
Meet the Robinsons
Kung Fu Panda
Iron Giant
The Greatest Game Ever Played
To Kill a Mockingbird
Because of Winn-Dixie
Akeelah and the Bee
The Sound of MusicFiddler on the Roof
Spy Kids
Finding Nemo
Nim's Island
Night at the Museum
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
The Game Plan
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Monsters vs. Aliens
National Treasure
Nancy Drew
Ella Enchanted
Also, all the movie versions of the books mentioned in last week's posts are great. Other kids' movies, older movies, musicals, true stories, and sports movies are also good, but not all of them are. Just because a movie falls into one of those categories does not mean it is appropriate, so check it out first!

Sharing Time: Recommend your favorite family-friendly movies.


Anonymous said…
I am so proud of the goodness and light in you- DAD
Anonymous said…
I use for reviews. This is the Focus on the Family (James Dobson) site. Their reviews are very detailed.

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