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Old 02-09-2017, 10:49 AM
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So I'm trying to introduce my 2 sons to good movies that they probably would never have any intrest in because they are to busy on their phones or busy watching clips of new stuff on youtube. Since my divorce 3 years ago, I've taken time on my weekends with the boys to show them good movies that I have always loved. Some older than others, but all good, in my opinion. More often then not, the boys loved them too, even when they thought they wouldn't (Star Wars original trilogy.)

Here's what they have watched so far and their opinions ...

Willow - We all loved it.
Speed - Same
ET - Thumbs Up
Earth to Echo - Thumbs Up
The Dark Crystal - Thumbs Up
The Labyrinth - Ok
Ponyo - Thumbs Up
Iron Giant - Loved
My Neighbor Totoro - Loved
Beetlejuice - Thumbs Up
Star Wars , Empire, Jedi - Thumbs Up
Pee Wee's Big Adventure - Thumbs Up
Edward Scissorhands - Sad, but Loved it
Goonies - Thumbs Up
Big - Thumbs Up


I know there were more, I can't think of them all though ... anyway, here's my question to you : Do you think they could handle the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series. My boys are 13 and 10. I'm concerned that they may get turned off a bit on some of the slower parts, but they do like fantasy and adventure, but I know that these movies aren't all action and monsters and adventure all the time. So do you think I should try just the Hobbit (Movie 1) first and see their reaction? I had to basically make them watch Star Wars 1, they almost considered it punishment, but once it was all over, they liked it. I wonder if these will be the same. Do you think that there will be some parts that may involve explanation to the 10 year old. I think there may be, but I do think overall that they'll like them.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:52 AM
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Some I enjoyed with my kids at that age:

Spaceballs
Napolean Dynamite
Young Frankenstein
Lord of the Rings
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:08 AM
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Some good options in this earlier thread.

ETA: BTW, are "loved" and "thumbs up" the same rating?

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Old 02-09-2017, 11:17 AM
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:18 AM
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I think in this case "Loved It" ranks slightly higher than "Thumbs Up."
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:50 AM
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:59 AM
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Good suggestions so far, but in regards to my original post, what say you all on Hobbit/Lord? Should I show the boys these films or wait a couple years?
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:59 AM
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I'd start them on Fellowship of the Ring and then on to the next two LOTR movies. If they watched The Hobbit first, it might turn them off of the better, earlier movies.

Some other suggestions:

Spirited Away
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Jurassic Park
Princess Mononoke
Forbidden Planet
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:02 PM
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Good suggestions so far, but in regards to my original post, what say you all on Hobbit/Lord? Should I show the boys these films or wait a couple years?
My wife wasn't thrilled when my kids (ages 11, 8, 7) watched LotR, but the kids loved it. 13 and 10 seems plenty old enough.
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:06 PM
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one that my two loved (then 8 and 10) was "Ferris Bueller's day off"
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:10 PM
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How about The Bad News Bears?
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:20 PM
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How about The Bad News Bears?
The original? I wouldn't. I watched it about a year ago and wow, that movie did NOT age well. I especially wouldn't let a 10 year old watch it.

I know there was a remake a few years ago, but haven't seen it so I can't comment on it.

What about the Lemony Snicket series on Netflix? Or the movie with Jim Carrey?
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:40 PM
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Whatever you do, never ever let them watch The Phantom Menace.
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:59 PM
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:07 PM
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Good suggestions so far, but in regards to my original post, what say you all on Hobbit/Lord? Should I show the boys these films or wait a couple years?
Do you mean the risk of them being traumatized or of being bored stiff? Because I think the latter is much more likely than the former. (That is for the LOTR trilogy--I never bothered with the Hobbit movies.)
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:19 PM
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My kids like LotR, and they are now 12 and 13- I introduced them to it several years ago. I say go for it.

And I also have to agree with a lot of the additional suggestions: Spaceballs, Big Trouble in Little China, and all things Studio Ghibli (with the possible exception of From Up on Poppy Hill- great movie, but possibly a bit boring for kids).
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:26 PM
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You're probably looking for theatrical released films, but how about the TV movies, The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler? these were the two Movie of the Week releases that featured the reporter Carl Kolchak. They're only 90 minutes long and involve vampires & immortality. I was only 11 & 12 when I saw them, so the age fits your sons.
And, if they like these films you could watch the short lived (only 20 episodes) of the TV series spin-off: Kolchak The Night Stalker which featured a monster of the week.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:37 PM
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Interesting. Thanks for the advice everyone.

I think I might start with Fellowship instead of The Hobbit. The backstory is pretty much told in the beginning of Fellowship, so it should be fine.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:42 PM
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all things Studio Ghibli (with the possible exception of From Up on Poppy Hill- great movie, but possibly a bit boring for kids).
As much of a fan as I am of Studio Ghibli, I can think of several of their movies that probably aren't good fits for 10 and 13 year old American boys. Along with From Up on Poppy Hill, I think they would likely be bored by Only Yesterday, Whisper of the Heart, My Neighbors the Yamadas, When the Wind Rises, and When Marnie Was There, and maybe The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. And the 10 year old at least is probably too young for Graveyard of Fireflies. And Tales of Earthsea is simply a lousy movie. So that leaves Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Howl's Moving Castle, and Arrietty as recommendations (he already mentioned Ponyo and My Friend Totoro.) Princess Mononokoe may or may not be too intense for the 10 year old.
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:56 PM
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Old 02-09-2017, 05:33 PM
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Do you think they could handle the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series?
Handle? Yes. Enjoy? You might lose them in the slow parts. I know myself that I fast forward through some of the more boring scenes, but then again, I’ve read the books and seen the movies, so I already know what’s happening.

We talked about this kind of stuff in another thread that Not Carlson started last November. His children are about the same age (11 and 14), but the older child is a girl, if that makes any difference.

Have they seen The Princess Bride yet? What about the Back to the Future trilogy?

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As much of a fan as I am of Studio Ghibli, I can think of several of their movies that probably aren't good fits for 10 and 13 year old American boys.
Emperor's Teeth, Darren! You were in that other thread, and you left off Nausicaa?!?

Also, even though they aren't his characters (but then again, neither are Arietty or Howl), bringing up Miyazaki should also suggest Lupin III and the Castle of Cagliostro, which is still my favourite animated film despite its being over 35 years old. Depending on which translation you get, some of the language might be a tad spicy for a 10-year-old.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:01 PM
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:10 PM
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Old 02-10-2017, 05:28 AM
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By the time my son was 10, we started including action thrillers and sci-fi. Die Hard, The Terminator, oh, and Tremors . ETA - you have Speed on your list - these are like that.

Watching Predator with him and keeping a running commentary on the silly Man Tropes being deployed was hilarious.

No Princess Bride? inconceivable!

Attack the Block is a freakin' brilliant fun and funny sci-fi thriller. The movie that brought attention to John Boyega, now Finn of the new Star Wars. A bunch of kids from the London projects (the block) encounter aliens and stand their ground.

My kids loved Shaun of the Dead.

And The Matrix.

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Old 02-10-2017, 10:30 AM
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Let me clarify my list a bit, because I know I missed some.

They have seen these as well ...

Princess Bride - Liked it, but not sure if they truly appreciated all the humor.
Kiki's Delivery Service - Thumbs Up
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Unfortunately, they didn't care for it that much. Ok, but not as great as I hyped it to be.

As I recall more, I will list them.
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Old 02-10-2017, 10:40 AM
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You can use Wikipedia to list movies by year--that way you can remind yourself of movies you liked when you were around their age. For instance, these were the top films when I was 13.

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Old 02-10-2017, 10:47 AM
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You can use Wikipedia to list movies by year--that way you can remind yourself of movies you liked when you were around their age. For instance, these were the top films when I was 13.
Good idea. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:32 AM
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Ladyhawke
Explorers
Silver Streak
Smokey and the Bandit

Considering what month this is: Greased Lightning, the story of the first black driver in NASCAR.
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:37 AM
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We did watch Explorers, but they weren't all that impressed, neither was I, considering it had been years since I saw it. I thought it was good way back when, but now - meh.
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:53 AM
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Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can. Saw those with my dad in the theater; I was 10 for the former.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:21 PM
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Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can. Saw those with my dad in the theater; I was 10 for the former.
Those are terrible movies. I saw them as a young teen, but they're terrible.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:29 PM
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Those are terrible movies.
No, like Smokey and the Bandit, they're products of the Seventies.

To the OP and his boys: turn off your brains and enjoy the ride.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:39 PM
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Yeah, they may like Clyde and his antics in those films, so who knows.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:41 PM
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Per Wikipedia, EWWBL was the fourth most popular film from that year, right behind Animal House.
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Old 02-10-2017, 04:34 PM
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James Bond! Saw Moore's 007 with my dad as well. For Your Eyes Only is probably my favorite of his.

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Old 02-10-2017, 04:42 PM
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Just watched and really enjoyed the original Jumani. I hear they are re-making it. Although it is a Nickelodeon kid movie, Good Burger's dumb humor made me laugh. Probably already seen but just in case: True Lies and Last Action Hero.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:28 PM
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Yeah, I was going to offer Predator, Terminator, and Die Hard. Wonderful experiences with my son. Couldn't have been much older than 10.

Really disappointed that none of the kids cared for The marx Bros.
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Old 02-10-2017, 07:50 PM
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Yeah, I was going to offer Predator, Terminator, and Die Hard. Wonderful experiences with my son. Couldn't have been much older than 10.

Really disappointed that none of the kids cared for The marx Bros.
I think you learn to appreciate and enjoy The Marx Brothers, especially Groucho when you're college age.
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Old 02-11-2017, 06:53 AM
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Yeah, I was going to offer Predator, Terminator, and Die Hard. Wonderful experiences with my son. Couldn't have been much older than 10.

Really disappointed that none of the kids cared for The marx Bros.
Yes! You didn't comment on them or a few others in my post, Dante G. What do you think? I swear Attack the Block is great!
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:54 AM
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:06 AM
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Treasure Island - the Disney one, with Robert Newton
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Old 02-11-2017, 10:56 AM
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By the time my son was 10, we started including action thrillers and sci-fi. Die Hard, The Terminator, oh, and Tremors . ETA - you have Speed on your list - these are like that.

Watching Predator with him and keeping a running commentary on the silly Man Tropes being deployed was hilarious.

No Princess Bride? inconceivable!

Attack the Block is a freakin' brilliant fun and funny sci-fi thriller. The movie that brought attention to John Boyega, now Finn of the new Star Wars. A bunch of kids from the London projects (the block) encounter aliens and stand their ground.

My kids loved Shaun of the Dead.

And The Matrix.
If I show them the Matrix it will only be the first one. 2 and 3 are unnecessary and convoluted eye candy that I don't feel the need to show and or explain to the kids.

As for Predator and Die Hard, they are truly great and I should add them to the list. Shaun of the Dead, maybe. Same goes for Attack the Block, although I may watch it first since I've never seen it myself.
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:02 PM
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All good and agreed on Matrix 2 and 3. AtBlock's heroes are a gang of petty-thug teens, so there are plenty of drugs and profanity, but very funny and satisfying as an action movie.
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:32 PM
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The Last Starfighter.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:26 PM
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As for Predator and Die Hard, they are truly great and I should add them to the list.
There is an awful lot of adult language in Predator - Hawkins trying to get Billy to laugh at his off-colour jokes and Blaine with his foul-mouthed bagging on the other guys... not to mention Arnold's famous opinion of the Predator's facial aesthetic. You might want to add it to the list but wait a few years to share it with someone who is only ten this year.

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The Last Starfighter.
My son's name is Alex, and I tried to get him into this movie, thinking it would be a slaughter (That's the spirit!), but he lost interest. Maybe I'll try again some other time...
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:26 PM
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What about the Harry Potter movies? They're exactly the right age.
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Old 02-11-2017, 06:36 PM
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The Gods Must Be Crazy but don't bother after the second one, if even that.
Short Circuit and its sequel.

When they're a bit older:
The original RoboCop trilogy followed by Chappie.
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:29 PM
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:40 PM
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:25 AM
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The Addams Family and Addams Family Values
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I don't know what your rules are on adult content are, but Beavis and Butthead Do America is always a good one.

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