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.
Guess were both suckers
Yeah and Deathly hallows was a better finale then DKR
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
Sorry i don't do very long movies much
The Hobbit is not a reboot. The Hobbit is the events of what happens before The Lord Of The Rings
By the way i know what you are talking about
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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
OK and fandad lets stop commenting about other stuff because everyone else is getting ignoid
Sheesh! Get a chat room you two! :)
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.
Sorry we just like doing this
I agree but as long as i do not share personal information i will be a okay
Yep, Fandango needs to make different chat rooms
Its like this all the time
I'm very excited for The Hobbit!
"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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