family movie nightby Barbara Bietz – Children’s Books and DVD Movies

Family friendly movies are perfect for those hot summer days that have parents scrambling for some indoor fun or for the perfect evening activity after a family barbecue. Keep everyone cooled off with a pitcher of fresh lemonade, a big bowl of popcorn and a terrific movie.

Here are some oldies but goodies family movies everyone will enjoy.

Big Miracle

Drew Barrymore stars with John Krasinski in a film that will inspire animal lovers of all ages. When three grey whales are found trapped in the Alaskan ice, Rachel, a Greenpeace worker (played by Barrymore) becomes their advocate. She lobbies politicians and develops an unlikely set of allies for her cause. Inspired by true events that occurred in 1988, viewers will have a glimpse into the political dynamics of the time and what it means to take on a cause with passion and purpose. Rated PG

We Bought a Zoo

 

It’s hard to believe the adventures in this film are based on a memoir, perhaps this adds to its heartwarming appeal. Matt Damon stars as Benjamin Mee, a writer who is mourning the death of his wife and seeking new surroundings. When he decides to move into a home in the country, he discovers that he will also be responsible to care for the zoo on the property.  Against the advice of family and friends, he jumps right in. Zoo keeping is not something to be taken lightly, and the property includes staff members that show him the ropes. More importantly, this cast of interesting individuals becomes a support system for Benjamin. By opening himself to new experiences, he creates relationships and ultimately heals his heart.  The family dynamics feel authentic. In spite of the somewhat exotic setting, families will relate to the characters. Rated PG

The Muppets

Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog have universal appeal. These characters are NOT just for kids! Starring humans Amy Adams, Jason Segal, and Chris Cooper along with Muppet cast members in a fun frolic for all ages. The evil plot to destroy the Muppet theatre unites the cast. The music is terrific and the dialogue if funny and charming. Jim Henson would be proud of this movie which honors his legacy. Warning – Grown uo views may want to have tissues on hand for a few very tender moments. Rated PG

 

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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