Family Movie Night

by Karyn Bowman

Have you looked at the movie rental rack for this week? I swear there is something for everyone.

I have been forced out of the garden because there are movies I want to see. This means the hosta bed that I need to revamp is going to be ignored a little more. I want to move things around, add a different variety of hosta to mix it up a little and plant a few tulip and daffodil bulbs to make this an interesting bed in early spring.

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But that has to wait because a potential Oscar movie I really want to see is coming to the home market. Now a Brad Pitt movie is always something to get excited about but I have had The Tree of Life on my list for some time. Directed by Terrance Malick, it is the story of a boy’s relationship within his family including a dad who is a veteran.

It is a movie about loss and regaining yourself and rebuilding relationships. The movie is rated PG-13 for thematic issues. But the subject is quite serious and I am not sure most teens will want to sit through it.

We have all had bad bosses and have wanted to do bad things to them. That is the thought process that went into the script for Horrible Bosses in which three friends decide they are going to find a way to rid the world of their bosses without getting caught.

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Kevin Spacey is perhaps being typecast in this movie. However, Colin Ferrell and Jennifer Aniston are the remarkable ones in this decidedly dark comedy. As it is rated R, I am not letting my younger children watch this one.

One movie I think my kids will want to watch is The Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds as the superhero with a powerful ring.  Reynolds starts off being a risky fighter pilot who has a problem with relationships, including with childhood friend and past girl friend, Blake Lively.

The movie has much comic book action, the plot is silly and we get the reluctant superhero routine. But Reynolds and Lively sell this movie, making it fun and tangible. You know these characters and root for them to succeed. It has a PG13 rating but I did allow my then-six-year-old to watch the movie.

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Another kid movie coming out this week is Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. I have yet to see this movie starring Heather Graham as the aunt without kids who comes to spend time with her niece and nephew when mom and dad are called out of town. A summer that was looking to be boring because bff’s are gone and hanging with a little brother can be boring turns into something so much better.

The critics really hated this movie and I will admit to having not seen it myself. Then again they hate Beezuz and Ramona  as well and we loved that movie. Sometime you have to take a chance on these PG movies and hope they bring something to the table in storytelling and fun.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle