Here’s where the trouble usually happens! Let’s try and focus on movies that kids can watch. I am thinking 5th grade boys as a rule. When I think of movies, I am considering things like courage, honor, right ways of behaving, respect of elders, world views that reflect, to some extent, God’s worldview as expressed in scripture. Just because it makes you or a kid laugh does not mean it is worth watching. Just because it may not be pure as the wind-driven snow does not mean it is not worth watching.
These are in no particular order of significance.
Sandlot: It tells us a lot on how to be a real friend. It has a bit of jr. High humor and some cuss words. Boys can really relate to this movie.
Master and Commander: It’s about a Royal Navy Sailing Ship around 1800 and a long running chase of a French Warship around South America. Great action, great story line with ideas such as: How to be a leader in difficult circumstances; How much better life is now that back then; courage and honor.
The Princess Bride: It is, simply put, the best movie of it’s genre. Great lines, action and suspense. The bad guys are bad, the good guys are good, the guy gets the girl, and they all live happily ever after.
Superbook: Superbook teaches children timeless moral truths and life lessons through the captivating, Bible-based adventures of two time-traveling children and their robot friend.
Veggie tales: If you have not seen or heard of the Veggie Tales series of stories you have been living on another planet. Bob, Larry, Jr., Archibald, etc. tell wonderful, hilarious stories that teach a biblical worldview from various perspective, usually spoofing classic literature, super heroes, or TV shows. Great stuff designed for younger kids but enjoyed by the discerning people of all ages.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Fabulous adaptation of the best Fantasy series of books ever written. Want to teach your kids about leadership, courage, trusting in good in the face of great evil, what it means to be a true friend…? These movies will do it! Of course, you really should get the books and read them together…out loud…it’s legal!