There is lot to be said about watching movieswith your children. Even more fun is rediscovering movies you loved and getting to watching them again with your kids – experiencing the fun and excitement through their eyes.
About a month ago I picked up a book- The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together . I TOTALLY loved the concept! He recommends older movies ( yes- even black and white ones) that children and teenagers will enjoy. The book is broken down by ages. The books is not reviewing best movies- just great old classics that you and your kids will enjoy watching together.
He also makes some thought provoking comments along the way- for example- while watching “Gone with The Wind” his daughter points out the the character, Prissy, played by Butterfly McQueen is odd- silly and stupid and the author realizes that the movie is tainted by blatant racism that was acceptable at the time.
The author writes in style that I found easy to read and insightful- and often hilarious. He shares very personal stories and truths without being pedantic.
He has a website, Best Old Movies for Families, where he has tons of recommendations and a tool where you type in your children’s age- and it will recommend movies for you to watch together. For example, 9 gives me North By Northwest, The African Queen and scifi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still .
Give his site a look- and definitely pick up his book at library or bookstore.
Do you have an “old” movie that you loved as a kids? Have you watched it with your kids? Let us know ! Just post in comments.