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Movie Night

Thank you all so much for your input on some good wholesome-type movies for me to see.  I was unable to get to the library to return the offending movie today, so that means that I was forced to re-new it.

Giving the girls behind the library counter something to chat about when it was slow.  

“Yes, she’s the homeschooling mother that checks out those kind of movies.  And isn’t she the one with a young son who has rendered himself NAKED right here in this very library?  Twice!  Such a shame.”

I have hidden the forbidden DVD away UP HIGH, so that no inquisitive and tall child will seek it out.  I just hope I don’t forget where I put it.  Then I’ll have to actually go to the library and BUY the thing.

Or move.  Which might be easier…

Anyhoo.  I loved your suggestions so much that I thought I’d make a little movie must-see list.  Some I have already seen, but many others I will be putting on hold at the library.  That is, if I still have borrowing privileges.

Also, you gave me some great recommendations on some other sites to check out if a movie is suitable BEFORE subjecting yourself to images that will forever be burned into your retinas.



Recommended Movies

BY YOU ALL! (in no particular order, and certainly not alphabetized)

It’s a Mad Mad World
Paul Blart Mall Cop
A Song is Born (Danny Kaye)
What About Bob?
Nothing But Trouble
The Burbs
When in Rome
RV (Robin Williams) – I loved this one
New in Town
Dan in Real Life – also LOVED this one
The Blind Side – LOVED this too
Cheaper by the Dozen (Steve Martin)
Leap Year – an overwhelming favorite, so it is now a must see!
Tangled – our whole family loved this one, even Jensen
Groundhog Day
It Happened One Night
Secondhand Lions
Big Fish
Trip to Bountiful
Beezus & Ramona – we have this on hold at the library already
Lilies of the Field (Sidney Poitier)
Guarding Tess
Hope Floats – sigh, I loved this one
While You Were Sleeping – you can’t go wrong with Sandra Bullock
Straight Talk
Bye-Bye Love
Mr. Holland’s Opus
My Dog Skip
Driving Miss Daisy
A League of Their Own
My Girl
Steel Magnolias – loved it
Fried Green Tomatoes – loved it
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood – loved it
Sleepless in Seattle – loved loved loved it
Big – I added this one because I can

Don’t let me ever say that I have nothing to watch. Ever again.  Now, nothing to wear?  That’s a different story for another blog post…

16 Responses to Movie Night

  • Okay, yesterday I couldn’t think of any movies off the top of my head but now I’ve thought of a few that I love and don’t show any male frontal nudity!!
    Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day (Frances McDormand is amazing in this movie)
    Becoming Jane (Anne Hathaway as Ms. Austen, lovely)
    Miss Potter (I love Renee Zellweger)
    Sense and Sensability (Emma Thompson always perfect)
    Pride and Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightly – oh, the lovely chemistry!)
    Lost In Austen (I’ve seen it and read the book – wasn’t sure I would like it, but being a huge Jane Austen fan I gave it a try and I did enjoy it!)

  • LOVE your site, DeeDee, I’ve have been lurking for YEARS 🙂

    I thought I’d let you know about Kinds in Mind, a site that analyses movies (to death) http://www.kids-in-mind.com/ and for your enjoyment, here’s their page on teh *ahem* movie you’ve borrowed http://www.kids-in-mind.com/f/forgettingsarahmarshall.htm

    Hope you have a good day… I am having a little difficulty getting back into the routine of homeschooling my 6 and 8 year old girls… is it a bad thing to just let them forage for food and listen to books on tape as per my present plan pre-caffeine??

  • ScreenIt is also a great resource for a breakdown of individual problem areas in movies: http://www.screenit.com

  • Another movie site I use to check out movies is Screenit.com. It has reviews on stuff in theaters, plus old stuff going back a long ways. It details everything you could be concerned about. I’ve noticed that the Christian reviewers tend to be very general in their reviews – this is very detailed. No surprises. It does have a paid portion of the site, but it is only for people who want reviews for movies that are newly in the theaters (I don’t need that). Enjoy your movies =)

  • I couldn’t think of any movies the other day but we just rented a few and I think they were winners. The Prince of Persia was GREAT! The A Team was fun. A few “choice” words but no retina burning material. Despicable Me was hilarious to us and our kids. I just watched Backup Plan last night. The acting was kinda lame but since it’s about childbirth there were some funny comments about the reality of it all that made it funny and relate-able (word?).

    Also, I have to say that Cheaper by the Dozen is an ok movie but NOTHING like the book. The book is ten times better! As is the sequel, Belles on their Toes. Definitely a must read. When I’ve suggested the book people have squirmed because they didn’t care for the movie. It makes me sad because the book is so good.

    Anyways, I might steal some ideas from your movie list! Thanks!

  • I beg to differ on one small point: The movie “All About Steve” proves that you can, indeed, go very wrong with Sandra Bullock (other than that I completely agree with you 🙂

    I love the movie Only You with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. I just watched it the other day for the 9 millionth time and loved it all over again! I also love anything with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

    Hope you’re all feeling better. We have scarlet fever in our house. After the flu and the colds (with coughing that *never* goes away) illnesses we’ve been passing around since before Thanksgiving. I swear I am running away if anyone else gets sick. Wanna meet me at Epcot for a margarita?? 😉

  • Interesting list!

    I do have one word of caution – My Dog Skip. Watch it first before you let the kids see it. I remember watching it and it made me feel horrible. I admit I have been called an overly sensitive person (Ole Yeller will NEVER be seen on my TV). However, I can’t remember the details of why it made me feel bad, but I can’t shake it.

    Happy Movie Viewing!! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, can I second, third and fourth “What About Bob?” Let me tell you, you may need to watch it twice. The first time I saw it, I thought, “Well that was dumb.” Then on the way home I started laughing. Uncontrollable laughing fits at some of the lines. So I took my sister to it. I laughed like crazy. She had my initial viewing reaction. Now it is one of my all-time favorites.

  • I second whoever said that the Cheaper by the Dozen movie is NOTHING like the book. I wasn’t a fan of the movie, but the books (Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes) are some of the most charming books I’ve ever read.

  • Nothing to wear? Just don’t go to the library naked. Then they really would have something to talk about. (or at least they would know why your son renders himself naked there….) :O)

  • Cheaper by the dozen was just ok, and the book was better, but I must say Cheaper by the dozen 2 was better movie wise. I loved that one. and also Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy was hilarious. *only one scene you might not want to let Jensen watch though if he is prone to repeating what he hears on tv, there is a kid who’s favorite phrase is “shut up butthead” but otherwise really family friendly movie* Good luck with your list. and thanks for posting it because there was a few mentioned on there that I had forgotten about and am going to put on my own list! 🙂

  • If you want a lovely version of Cheaper by the Dozen, go with the 1950 version with Clifton Web and Myrna Loy. Much more like the book. 🙂

    Don’t forget about “The Tooth Fairy”. We were surprised at how much we all liked it…and it helped as we rounded the corner into the land of missing teeth!

    I like lots of kinds of movies…and after 10 years, my husband is still trying to figure out what I like.

    Here are some I really like (adult and kids):

    Nanny McPhee
    Saving Grace (British)
    Calendar Girls
    A Knight’s Tale
    Desk Set (Hepburn & Tracy)
    The Philadelphia Story or the remake High Society
    Father Goose
    Down with Love
    Only the Lonely
    Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.)
    Rear Window (Jimmy Stewart)
    Catch Me If You Can
    The Village (M. Night Shayamalan)
    and so many more!


  • Oh my gosh, that is such a great list! I have seen many on it but there are few new ones I need to check out too.

  • I couldn’t think of any yesterday either but here are two I didn’t see on your list.
    The Pacifier
    How to Train Your Dragon

    The Pacifier is hilarious and heartwarming. How to Train Your Dragon, well, words can’t describe how good it is. I have heard of adults asking for this for Christmas!

  • I also wanted to add “Billy- the early years”. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie (and my 3 girls enjoyed it too). It brought up some good family conversations.