Marijuana depicted as a tool to strengthen relationships isn’t a new idea but it is usually rare in the PG-13 world. This Friday’s People Like Us features a scene where the strained relationship between a mother and her son is healed as the two smoke the family’s late patriarch’s medicinal marijuana together. How is glamorizing illegal drug acceptable for teens?
Much has been made of Brave’s "warrior princess," who marks the first female heroine in Pixar history, but I must say Merida is much more Ariel than Joan of Arc. Surely there are better examples to share with our daughters. Here are five characters from the Disney vault.
The bread and butter for Adam Sandler isn't in being a versatile actor, it’s being a comic with a point of view that carries over from film to film. The result is that his mature-content films may not be directly advertised to kids, but his sheer presence is, in essence, marketing to the tween fanbase he's cultivated. At least with That’s My Boy, you’ve been forewarned.
From Cabin in the Woods to The Avengers and the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, the summer is full of Chris Hemsworth... and that's not a bad thing.
Hollywood is in the throes of an alien invasion. Summer’s only just started, and this weekend’s Men in Black 3 is the third alien movie in four weeks. Why, exactly, do filmmakers love making movies about extra-terrestrials?
Battleship is this summer's Transformers, and I mean that literally. Not only do both feature aliens with metal-like machinery which changes from mode of transportation into active weaponry, but they are also Hasbro toys turned into over-the-top, profanity-laden action films aimed at teen boys.
Director Tim Burton and movie star Johnny Depp may be middle-aged men but their movies indicate they have the souls of teenagers. Find out three of their movies that kids can enjoy as well as a trio of movies you should see in theaters this weekend.
The Avengers, which is the ultimate superhero movie – is a film fanboys, moviegoers, kids and parents can all love without reservation. Director Joss Whedon manages the impossible: he puts all of these unbelievable characters of lore into our modern-day world in a way that’s believable, but not realistic – an important distinction to parents.
No school for three months means parents have to find ways to entertain bored kids. Luckily, the movie industry is here to help. Check out Fandango’s Summer Movie Calendar for Parents – make plans now...
Although pirates in the movies can be murderers, rogues and true criminal miscreants, somehow through the years they have also become kid-friendly rascals who are just as funny as they are adorable.
Filmmakers are learning what is entertaining to kids versus adults. Every year, the movies are getting better. Disneynature's Chimpanzee about a baby chimp trying to find his place in his tribe should be the new standard for nature docs. What are some of your favorites?
Thanks to the massive worldwide success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland a few years ago (it’s one of the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time), many filmmakers are cracking open the classic and copyright-free children’s fables to retell their stories in a fresh way. Hollywood likes to reinvent fairy tales for the same reason it likes to make sequels: it’s an easy way to sell tickets.
Is there such a thing as “good violence?” If so, The Hunger Games just might apply. What could be "good" about depicting children killing children?
Like many adults, my mind isn’t the imagination highway it once was. Too much life experience, reality and socialization has limited my brain to rule out the notion that Max Steel may time travel to 3030 to fight an underwater giraffe army off the coast of Arizona. John Carter is one of those films that inspires meaningful innovation in kids.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opens in theaters this Friday to the delight of children, parents and landscapers. The works of Dr. Seuss are enjoying a good run with three other films hitting screens in the last 12 years, so, the question is simply, which Seuss story should become a movie next?
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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