Movie Review: Chasing Mavericks

Chasing Mavericks CoverOn Family Movie Night last Friday, Wendy chose Chasing Mavericks (we had a Redbox code!).  At first I was a little nervous; Tinkerbell is not one to sit well through non-animated movies.  Fortunately, this was a good pick.

Chasing Mavericks, a movie released in 2012, tells the story of Jay Moriarty, an accomplished surfer who became famous at age 16, when his wipeout was filmed while surfing Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California.  This movie was based on a true story–one of my favorite genres.

There are a couple of words used in this movie that I would have preferred to avoid, but overall it was a great movie.  Rapunzel was a bit scared during a couple of scenes, but nothing gave her nightmares.  Tinkerbell fell asleep halfway through (thank goodness!).  And Wendy commented the next morning on how much she liked the movie.

I’d have to say that I also enjoyed this movie.  It wasn’t my favorite movie of all time, but it was definitely a good one, and I’d probably watch it again.  The theme of this movie was an encouraging one: it talked of chasing your dreams–not quitting when things get tough.  And that’s something that everyone (young and old) needs to remember.

So next time you have a family movie night, check out this one.  And then let me know what you thought.

Friday Family Movie Night Review: ParaNorman

ParaNorman
Every Friday night is movie night at our house.  Pizza and a movie in the living room.  I don’t know when or why exactly we came up with this, but we like it (most of the time) and it works.  Tonight we rented ParaNorman, which I thought might be a doable movie, but I was highly disappointed.

First of all, with this movie having been rated PG, I thought that it’s scariness would be limited to that of, you know, something more like Monsters, Inc. scary.  Boy was I wrong.  Twenty minutes into the movie, we had to turn it off, because Rapunzel and Tinkerbell were too scared.  (Luckily, I convinced them not to watch Care Bears: The Movie instead.)  I mean, we were okay for a little while, but the beginning of the movie shows a crazy homeless man swallowing a bottle of pills.  A little further into the movie (because Wendy and Cinderella did finish later), several sexual innuendos appear, which was also surprising.  And to top it off, the ghost of the grandmother blatantly, straight-out says “Jack-a**”.  That’s when I knew for sure we were done with it for the little ones.

Thankfully Rapunzel is pretty good about asking about a word before she says it.

If I had to pull out something good about this movie, I’d say it teaches us that bullying is not acceptable and that empathy is the best way to handle difficult people.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend it.  At least not for young children.  Keep it for children probably 10+, who you know won’t end up with nightmares and won’t repeat the language.