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Man Up for 'Draft Day'

The annual date of the NFL draft might as well be called Man’s Day. I’m sure plenty of women follow it as well, but everywhere I’ve lived in the U.S., be it Texas or Miami or Kansas or Los Angeles, the men of the city disappear from daily life to obsess over the picks that will shape the teams of the nation’s number one sport. 
 
At least, that’s how I assume it works in the rest of America because that’s how it works in my home. The draft is more than the football industry staffing up, it’s a tradition. Over the last decade, my son and my father have spent the day poring over the choices, calling each other to discuss how picking a certain athlete may affect the future of the team. It’s an activity that happens only once a year, but it’s their thing. Draft Day is also a day of bonding my husband shares with his father. 
 
Now there’s Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., general manager of the Cleveland Browns. On this draft day, Sonny is dealing with some of the most stressful personal and professional issues any man will ever face, all on one day. Of course, most teens won’t be able to relate to an unplanned pregnancy, office politics, or the death of a parent – but their dads will. And that’s the genius of Draft Day as a father-son film. “Experiencing” these grown-up situations under dad’s supervision establishes a foundation to start a conversation, be it immediately after the film or 10 years later: it’s there. And no worries, dads, this drama isn’t that emotional: Sonny explores his feelings stoically and quietly, all while talking about sports – truly, the stuff of men.  
 
Here are three other movies to see with your family this weekend:
 
 
Rio 2. Blu and Jewel go on vacation with their three children and discover they aren’t the only blue macaws in existence after all. Visually stunning and lots of fun music make this movie good for all ages. 
 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Cap, Black Widow and Falcon are some of the best role models parents could hope for, but this superhero movie is a violent, political thriller best for older teens.
 
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. Showing only in IMAX theaters, this documentary explores the lives of the mysterious, adorable lemurs – who, as it turns out, really do “know how to move it, move it.”
 
But, what do KIDS think about these movies? Find out at KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics!
 
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