Kid Friendly DVD's

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  1. Greg W L

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    We like to rent a movie or two on DVD on the weekend to watch as a family, my daugter is 8. We have struck out a couple of time recently...Hearts in Atlantis has a couple of intense scenes, and Pay it Forward had the disturbing ending. We own some of the naturals, TS 1 & 2, Shrek, Atlantis, Grinch, Sound of Music, TPM, plus a number of VHS Disney movies. We are looking for Family Friendly Movies, but not juvinile movies.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Is AI too "mature" for an 8 yr old?
     
  2. Richard Kim

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    I would not reccomend AI for an 8 yr old, there are a few disturbing scenes and adult themes, and one of the main characters is a robotic male prostitute, nuff said. [​IMG]
     
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    Check out this thread from a few weeks ago called Awesome DVDs for Kids. I would wait until my kids were in their early teens for AI personally. There's some creepy stuff and content that most adults have to wrestle with to fully understand. Your kid's mileage may vary, of course.
    Regards,
     
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    AI might be somewhat over her head. Also, there are disturbing aspects of that film. You will want to watch it before sharing it with her.



    I would definitely recommend:



    • The Iron Giant

      Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

      Muppets from Space

      The Muppet Movie

      Muppets Take Manhattan

      Charlotte's Web (WIDESCREEN)

      Edward Scissorhands

      Labyrinth[/list=a]
     
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    I say let kids watch what they want. If they wanna watch A.I., let em watch it. If they wanna watch The Shining, let em watch it. Thats the way I was raised, Ive watch R movies my whole life. But I could recommend a couple of 'kid' movies:

    Labyrinth

    Star Wars Saga

    Superman

    Goonies
     
  6. Adam Lenhardt

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    Depends on the child. I'd say 95% of eight year olds would find A.I. boring and/or scary, but that's just me.
    I don't know how strict you are about language, sexuality, etc. but these are films most families would enjoy:
    - Spy Kids
    - Willy Wonka
    - Hook
    - Independence Day
    - The Goonies
    - Superman
    - The Princess Bride
    - Newsies
    - Dragonheart
    - Apollo 13
    - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
    - Rudy
    - Ghostbusters
    - Mr. Holland's Opus
    - Babe
     
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    Fight Club
    Full Metal Jacket
    Eyes Wide Shut
    Terminator-2: Judgement Day
    The Godfather
    oops...wrong list! [​IMG]
    The Goonies
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Dumbo
    Pinocchio
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
    Superman: The Movie
    The Wizard of Oz
    Shrek
    Yellow Submarine
    Modern Times
    The Princess Bride
     
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    I would strongly recommend John Sayles' "The Secret of Roan Innish" as a wonderful movie that both kids and adults can enjoy. Oddly, it does not seem to get recommended nearly as often as one would expect. In my opinion it is a warn and magical movie. Try it -- I think you will like it! [​IMG]
    Deborah
     
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    A.I. is ok for a mature 8 yr old. There is nothing scary but there are a few minor sexual connotations. Have you seen Titan AE?
     
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    Don't you find it intimidating recommending "kid friendly" movies?? It all depends on the maturity of the kid, and (even more importantly) the mindset of the parents. A year or so back, I remember a poster on this very board asking the same question, and he was very disturbed about the responses he got.

    Why?

    It turned out he was very religious and "fantasy" films in which an "alternate reality" which didn't recognize the existence of his beliefs was not only inappropriate for children, it was practically pornographic.

    Reminds me of good buddy who FREAKED out over that topless scene in Titanic (said he was mortified to have his kids there), when I hardly thought of it when I took my kids. Hell, I even bought the VHS tape for them (before DVD's were an option in my household). So to the original poster I would first ask - at what point do YOU feel uncomfortable with what your kids watch?
     
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    Greg, your best bet is to go here and browse around. Concerned about language, nudity, and violence? This site lists every 'gosh-darn' uttered, every thigh bared, and every noogie administered. If you don't mind spoilers, this is what you are looking for.
    Jon
     
  12. Greg W L

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    Not overly concerned about a small amount of "sexuality", but she can be afraid of "suspense" or scary stuff, or death, especially of the young (Pay it Forward), and the violence in Hearts in Atlantis. Some scary stuff is OK, when it is movie like...but suspense can be hard on a young-un. She loved Titan AE, Starwars, A Dog named Skip, Princess Bride, and any animal ones. She loves the old disney stuff, but you can only watch them so often, and those with kids know how often they watched Peter Pan, Snow white and Cinderella!

    Good suggestion, any more?
     
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    Some that I liked around that age (and still do) that have not been mentioned were:

    The Sandlot

    Willow

    The Neverending Story

    Also recommended:

    The Iron Giant (Very highly, a recommendation really worth repeating)

    Chicken Run
     
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    Black Stallion

    Little Rascals

    Paulie

    Pleasantville

    Stuart Little

    Time Bandits
     

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