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Film Mom: Why Sharing Movies with Your Kids Is Special—and Important

By: Tara McNamara on December 13, 2012 at 2:51PM Comments (43)

The Film Mom is a weekly column about family entertainment for parents with kids (and kids with parents) by Tara McNamara, the editor and co-founder of KidsPickFlicks.com.

I’m no Lord of the Rings fan but it was really exciting to see The Hobbit with my teenage son last night. I’d never seen Peter Jackson’s original trilogy, but my son watched every one. And so, in a unique reversal of roles, my son was able to share a film series that he loves while we enjoyed a brand-new movie in the series together.

Usually, parents are sharing a beloved childhood movie/toy/TV series with their kids through a "reboot" – just look at some movies coming out next year: The Lone Ranger (July 3), The Smurfs 2 (July 31) and Mr. Peabody and Sherman (Nov. 8). And for many, The Hobbit likely fits into that category as well. When your child has the opportunity to share characters and stories they love with you, it can be enlightening for the parent and empowering for the child. In fact, 2013 offers a few chances with the release of movie versions of young adult novels Beautiful Creatures (Feb 13), The Mortal Instruments (Aug. 23) and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug. 14).

Aren’t we always looking for ways to get our kids, especially teens, to talk to us?  Educating mom about what kind of creature Gollum is exactly and debating the pros and cons of the viewing experience in 48 frames per second were just some of the topics that transformed my son into a legitimate chatterbox. 

On the other hand, my 11-year-old daughter prattles on about everything from the latest Nigahiga YouTube video to whether or not Justin and Selena broke up again. Getting her to talk isn’t a problem but she gets incredibly frustrated that she doesn’t know as much as her parents and older brother. But when she marathoned The Twilight Saga series before going to the theater to see Breaking Dawn Part 2, SHE got to be the one in the know. Not many moments exist where kids can feel like they are peers with their parents – but every once in a while the movies can provide them that special, fulfilling experience.

Here are three other films to see with your family this weekend.

 Rise of the Guardians. Jack Frost joins Santa, the Easter Bunny and other magical holiday creatures to protect children from the Boogeyman. The mechanism is dark but it’s a fantastic lesson on how kids can cope with fear.

 

 

 

 Lincoln. Apparently, the Great Emancipator should’ve been called Honest-ish Abe. What’s definitely true and perhaps surprising:  some tweens and teens are calling this historical re-enactment their favorite movie of the year.

 

 

 

 Ice Age: Continental Drift. No films have been released for little kids in some time, so parents looking for some solid, safe entertainment should go to Red Box. The fourth edition of Manny, Diego, Sid (and Scrat!) is brand new on BluRay/DVD.

 

 

 

What do kids think about these films? Find out at www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids can be movie critics. 

Tags: The Hobbit

Categories: Family Films

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  • Dec 13th 2012 4:04PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Guess were both suckers

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  • Dec 13th 2012 3:46PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Yeah and Deathly hallows was a better finale then DKR

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  • Dec 13th 2012 3:44PM

    fandad1960  said...

    I guess you can say that again. The trend is cool but it gets annoying sometimes when we live in a time where our fellow moviegoers are looking for the next big thing

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  • Dec 13th 2012 3:37PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Sorry i don't do very long movies much

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  • Dec 13th 2012 3:35PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    The Hobbit is not a reboot. The Hobbit is the events of what happens before The Lord Of The Rings

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  • Dec 13th 2012 3:47PM

    fandad1960  said...

    By the way i know what you are talking about

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  • Dec 13th 2012 5:00PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    We are Fandango's most loyal bloggers

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  • Dec 13th 2012 5:05PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Yeah by the way matt i probably should not mention speed racer's monkey incidents anymore. That was crazy but not why i liked it 4 years ago. That was my point

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  • Dec 13th 2012 6:13PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    OK and fandad lets stop commenting about other stuff because everyone else is getting ignoid

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  • Dec 13th 2012 6:17PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Ok

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  • Dec 13th 2012 4:26PM

    baysider28  said...

    Sheesh! Get a chat room you two! :)

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  • Dec 13th 2012 4:35PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Sorry

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  • Dec 13th 2012 4:45PM

    FilmSavaant  said...

    I know. I've seen the other posts where you two just go back and forth for like 30, 40, 50 comments and half the time they're about what movie you guys are seeing/not seeing on opening weekend.

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  • Dec 13th 2012 4:49PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Sorry we just like doing this

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  • Dec 13th 2012 5:02PM

    fandad1960  said...

    I agree but as long as i do not share personal information i will be a okay

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  • Dec 13th 2012 4:57PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    Yep, Fandango needs to make different chat rooms

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  • Dec 13th 2012 4:36PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    Its like this all the time

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  • Dec 13th 2012 3:12PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    I'm very excited for The Hobbit!

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