Family Movie Night: A Tradition Begins

Don't get me wrong.  Babies are great.  They're cute and sweet, and it's an amazing thing to watch them grow and develop.  But, they suck at watching movies.

There are several perks of having kids grow up.  They play by themselves.  You can have discussions with them.  They have longer attention spans.  And, there are a shit ton of movies they've never seen or even heard of.  Time to remedy that.

In an effort to engage in family activities that are fun, super cheap, and put all of us in the same room at the same time, Julie and I have instituted a new tradition in our house: Family Movie Night.  Sure, it's not the most original idea, but the kids don't know that.

Here's the set-up.  Boy-child is 6 1/2 and Girl-child just turned 4.  Every weekend night - usually Friday and Saturday, sometimes Sunday - each family member takes a turn picking a movie from a pile I put together of 50+ movies.  The pile consists of movies that Julie and I loved as kids, movies that I think the kids would love (usually involving creatures), and other assorted oddities. The movies range from G to PG-13. [NOTE: some of you may balk at showing young ones any movie rated PG-13.  That's not us.  Besides, PG-13 is the new PG.]

So far, so good.  We're one month in, and, already, the movies we've watched have elicited some hilarious conversations, and there's real build-up and excitement to what movie each person is going to pick next.  There's been a lot of teasing and joking as well: I continually threaten Julie with picking James Cameron's Avatar.  We haven't watched it yet, but soon (insert maniacal laugh here).

With these "Family Movie Night" posts, my plan is to run down all the movies we watched that month, and offer some insight into the picks, how they played out, whether they hold up, and what the kids thought of them.  Let's begin with our January 2015 picks:

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