Sad, isn't it?
Instead, they read, do puzzles, shoot each other (and us) with nerf guns, play card games, and fight, just like my brother and I did. We lived. And so will they.
But there came a point when we realized that their cultural education was lacking. The media (mostly movies) they saw at camp or at their friends was G-rated dreck. When the kids watched TV at home, they mostly saw science programming. The kids weren't seeing any of the good stuff we watched as kids.
There are a ton of classics that are tame by modern standards, and a lot of fun to watch. This way, we like movie night too!
Listed below are the movies through which we selected to
For a decent content review, check IMDB's parental reviews. Many movies have a catalog of each bad word, sexual innuendo and aggressive moment. If one isn't there, I can tell you that the movies we've watched might have some bad words (my kids know not to repeat them), mild violence (no spurting blood or gunfights) and a few sexual situations that are over the boys heads.
Classic Movies for every modern child:
Young Frankenstein (pacing is slow, but funny)
Spaceballs (more bad words than I recalled, but really funny)
Batman (the original 1966 version. Very campy!)
Big (loved this one!)
Rookie of the Year
James and the Giant Peach
Muppet Movie (I sang the entire movie, much to my kids chagrin)
Muppets Take Manhattan
Back to the Future (kids loved this one!)
Ghostbusters (couldn't find streaming- we bought the DVD for $3 and have watched it many times)
Addams Family (a little too dark)
Puss In Boots
Wizard of Oz
Toy Story (and sequels)
Night at the Opera (Marx Brothers- humor was not inappropriate, but mature. Kids still enjoyed it)
Night at the Museum 1 and 2 (excellent)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr. Fox
A Bugs Life
Robots (one of the best we've seen!)
On our list to see:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
How to Train Your Dragon
Add your own to the comments below! We're always looking for more great movies to share.
Post updated 1/25/14