Has this happen to you? You’re with your family, sitting back, enjoying a movie…then a scene comes on that makes you run to cover your kids’ eyes? Or have you ever spilt your popcorn trying to cover your kids’ ears before the main character can show off his unique vocabulary?
Today, I wanted to share with you a few websites to visit before your next movie night that will help you make an informed decision on what your family watches.
1. Plugged In
Plugged In, a branch of Focus on the Family, say they want to, “shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live.” With Colossians 2:8 in mind, they give great insight on the content of the movies they review (books, games, and music as well). They do a great job of nutshelling the questionable and spiritual content.
If Plugged In doesn’t have a review on the movie you’re looking for, try Common Sense Media. They offer the largest independent age-based reviews on movies, games, apps, TV shows…you name it. While they won’t cover the spiritual aspect of movies like Plugged In would, they are still a great source for parents, and will even give you some discussion questions to talk about after the movie is finished.
This site is a warehouse of facts and trivia for almost every movie and TV show out there. Not only can you get a synopsis of the film, but you can get specific information as well. Find a movie you want to watch on this site then look for the Parents Guide link. You’ll find all sorts of info on what content you should be aware of. This site is great for those Netflix movie nights and you find a movie you never heard of before.
Remember that you can use movies as talking points with your kids. Keeping in mind the difference between the fake movie characters and real Biblical people, movies can be a great starting point for faith conversations. Compare and contrast Cinderella’s step-sisters to Joseph’s brothers. Use Star Wars to discuss temptation as Luke is asked to join the dark side. Think you can connect Dumbo the flying elephant to Peter in any way?
What websites do you use to check out movies? Share with us using the comment section!