Kyle saw his first movie today. He just turned three, and he is a little bit "spirited." I didn't really want to shell out $20 for the three of us to see a movie, not knowing if he'd sit through it. However, I had nothing to lose, because the movie was FREE.
Most of the major movie chains have some sort of free movie program. You can look for your local AMC/Loews participating theatre HERE.
We saw Happy Feet. It's rated PG, and honestly when Amanda was a preschooler, we never saw PG movies. But having an 8 1/2 year old child and a 3 year old child, and faced with a free movie, I guess I eased up on my standards (PluggedIn Online is a great place to check out the specific content in a movie). Honestly, what made me most uncomfortable was the sort of flirty mating stuff, but since we just saw March of the Penguins last week, I realized that it is actually right on target. If you've seen either of these movies, I would highly recommend that you watch the other as sort of a companion film, because they both tell the same story in different ways.
In addition to dicussing issues when you Read Together, movies can be a good way to connect and teach as well. It's not too late to sign up for my mission to share a book or two and Read Together this summer.
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