LXB: Top Ten Movies I Can’t Wait to Watch with My Kids

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LXB: Top Ten Movies I Can’t Wait to Watch with My Kids

It’s well past time for me to participate in a League post again. It’s long overdue so I thought I’d chime in on this week’s topic which is to pick the top ten movies. The specifics are left up to us to decide. We’ve done some lists before on the blog. Almost five years ago, I planned a weekend home alone around ten of my favorite rewatchable movies. We’ve also ranked the Pixar movies and our favorite comic book films. Even though the comic book list has changed since 2009, there is too much on the horizon for me to deal with that list again right now. We also tackled an existing sci-fi movies list and busted that on the podcast.
My daughter recently turned 8 and my son is 3. As they get older, I am allowing them to watch more and more things. My daughter and I already have plans to check out Avengers soon and then we’re going to read through a Narnia book or three and watch those movies. She has not watched PG-13 movies yet, but I’ve deemed these as okay for her. That said, I’m still hesitant to break out certain films with them for various reasons. And while I am in no hurry for them to grow up, I am looking forward to watching some movies with them when they get older if they are still interested in hanging out with ol’ dad.
(Note: I’m sure I’ll be thought of as a bit old-fashioned or an old fuddy duddy or not having let my children watch some of this stuff yet, but so it goes.)
10. Mean Girls
I thought this was a phenomenally well-written movie that had a great message of self-respect and how to treat others. Lindsey Lohan impressed me in this movie and I had hoped she would go onto greatness. Tina Fey put together a great script and what could have been a silly, little high school rom-com became so much more. But my children, particularly my daughter, are not ready for the themes and language of this movie. But at some point in their high school years, this might be a good one to break out and enjoy watching with them.
9. Buckaroo Banzai
I mentioned this in my last League post so I thought I’d mention it again in this one. This very well could be the kind of movie that my kids will hate the first time I show it to them. I don’t want to introduce this too early and have them develop a nostalgic hatred for it. Instead I want to develop an appreciation for the roots of Buckaroo Banzai over the next few years so that when I break this one out, they have a head start on getting it.
8. Super 8
I really dug this movie and the whole time I was watching it, I thought my girl would enjoy the aspect of this kid trying to make a movie in the midst of wackiness. It’s a modern-day Goonies and in a couple years, she may be ready for the level of suspense in this movie.
7. The A-Team
I have enjoyed sharing The A-Team television series with my children already. The content in this movie is turned up a few notches so I don’t think they are ready for it, but once we’ve worked our way through the series (could still take a few years at the pace we’re going), it will be time to share this one.
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
This is one I’m more excited about sharing with my son some day. My daughter may like it, too, but just seeing the track my boy is on, he’ll be all over this movie once he’s ready for it. I think it would be lost on him somewhat now (as Star Wars was when I first showed it to him) and he gets a bit too animated after watching things that I fear what will be turned into a whip after he watches it. Just a few more years yet on this one.
5. Serenity
Not really sure when the kids will be ready for this one and the Firefly series. Not really going to worry about that right now, but in several years, after they have seen Firefly, we’ll check this movie out. (TV shows I want to watch with my kids could be a whole separate list.)
4. James Bond
So this one and the rest of the list refer to not just one movie but a franchise. With this franchise, I could probably start introducing some of the movies now, but I fear it would be lost on them. The Roger Moore movies might be okay to introduce, but I’d hate to make that their first Bond. But that said, I’d love to sit around all day some Saturday with the kids and just watch Bond movies.
3. Lord of the Rings
As with the Bond films, I’d love to waste an entire Saturday and just watch straight through these films with the kids.
2. Spider-Man
This one actually might encompass more than just Spider-Man, but Spider-Man is the one I would start with and relatively soon. Frustratingly, most of the comic book movies of the past few years have been PG-13. This is mostly because of action, but other elements as well. (The MPAA rating system really needs an overhaul.) Anyway, my kids would love to see some of these movies and while I’m ready to show Avengers, some of the other super hero movies I’m not ready to share yet. But I’ll have Spider-Man and a whole stack of others to share soon.
1. Back to the Future
One of my all-time favorite film franchise, this might be the one I can’t wait to share the most. I’d be keen on sharing it now except there is quite a bit of language in this movie that I’m not ready for them to hear. So a few more years or maybe try to catch a TV version. I’ve also been wondering if this is a movie that would be a bit lost on my children’s generation. I could relate to the 80s being a child of the 80s and then enjoy the fish out of water aspect of Marty being in the 50s. Maybe a remake of this movie is in order with a 2015 version of Marty traveling back to 1985 and seeing his parents. That might appeal much more to my children than the original. I don’t know. Seems sacrilege to suggest, but I think BTTF is a movie that brings generations together and an updated version could do the same for the next generation.
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  1. Tom February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Nice post – some great films on their! I don't have kids of my own, but have two nieces and a nephew who are really into their movies.

    Recently tried to get my eldest niece, 10, into Lord of the Rings and she was really scared by the Ring Wraiths and whatnot.

    Each kid is different, though, so you may find your daughter ready sooner than my niece.

    She's got no problem with fantasy violence and stuff though, having watched and loved some of the recent Marvel films!

  2. Paxton February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Oh, btw, great list, CT. This is such a good subject and I approve of all the movies.

    Surprised you didn't mention Bay's Tranformers since you consider them Bay's Godfather.

  3. Paxton February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Like Shawn, I am really bad at judging age appropriateness of movies. And I have 1 son and 1 child on the way. I downloaded an app recommended by Christian of the Atomic Geeks of all people called Media by Age. It helps a lot.

    I actually thought it would be okay to watch the last 6 minutes of Dirty Harry with my son in the room. I didn't, but the thought went through my head.

  4. iok February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Good luck. My kids have horrible taste in movies. I'd advise trying to make them watch terrible flicks, as that way it'll cause them to rebel and thus watch the good ones. 🙂

  5. Shawn Robare February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I agree, great theme. I don't have kids, but I'm pretty sure I'd be horrible at judging what age would be appropriate to introduce them to certain films. Looking back at my own childhood, I know I'd been exposed to all the Star Wars flicks by age 6, and from 1984 on (when I turned 7) I saw most of the memorable stuff in the theater when it came out (including Robocop when I was 10.) 10 was also the age my mom gave in and let me start renting my way through the horror section in the local video store, so I think that was the year I pretty much grew up into R-rated flicks. I feel I came out alright, but at the same time I knew some kids who were older than me that couldn't handle the horror flicks they saw. I'd like to think my parents saw that I could handle that stuff, but who knows…

  6. Brian (Cool and Collected) February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    What a great topic for your top 10! I've been struggling with some of the same issues as you with my oldest, who is 7-years-old. He's seen the Star Wars films and the newer Marvel films, and I can not wait to show him Raiders and LoTR. Unfortunately, most of the movies have a single scene or two that are nightmare fuel and keep me from popping them in the DVD player.

    The last fight scene in Spidermen is incredibly brutal and bloody, and then there's the melting faces at the end of Raiders. I was watching Transformers 2 with my son not too long ago and after that girl started spitting out her mechanical tongue, things got too intense and we shut it off. I hope that didn't turn him off of Transformers forever, but I will blame Michael Bay for that. 😉

    Not too long ago, we bought Tin Tin, thinking it would be fun for the kids. That movie is filled with gunfire, a bloody death, and alcoholism–I was totally unprepared for that. My son actually asked me if he could have a drink that makes you act funny like the guy in the movie. Ugh.

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