As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, each month I share a reason why I love Netflix. This month that reason is feel good movies.
All families are different, but MY family loves to watch television and movies, and we love to do it together. There are cases where we all like different things (I can’t get anyone to watch Doctor Who with me), but then there are other shows that we all love (Gravity Falls!). Thankfully, Netflix has lots of options from which to choose, which makes for planning a family movie night super easy.
A few months ago, I bought the Clue board game to play with Cady and her friends. She LOVED it. During a round of trying to determine who, where, and with what the murder happened, I mentioned to her that there was a hilarious movie based on the board game. I told her a little about it, and she begged to watch it. I was happy to discover that the Clue movie was available for Netflix streaming.
We laughed so, SO hard. Cady loved that it was suspenseful without being scary, and that you still had to try to figure out who the killer was, like in the game. I loved the super hilarious jokes. I’m a sucker for a good pun. Here are some of my favorites from the movie:
You may be reading some of those, or remember watching the movie, and be thinking, “Um, she let her kid watch that?” I did. Ooops. After we started watching, I realized that some of the jokes were not appropriate for a nine year old. Thankfully, they went right over her head. I checked the rating (PG) before we started watching the movie, but I forgot to factor in the fact that 1985 PG is way different from 2014 PG.
So, how do you know if a show will be appropriate for your kids? Families are important to Netflix, and they want to be sure that you aren’t exposing your children to anything you feel is inappropriate. For every show and movie on Netflix you can click on the description page (do a search for the show and click on the name of the show to open the description page), scroll down, and on the right hand side you will see what categories the show falls under, the ratings for the movie and why (if available), and a link to to a description of the show from Common Sense Media that offers you more detail about what the movie is about and for what ages it is appropriate. If I had done my homework, then I would have realized that this movie needed to wait a few more years. Hopefully not harm was done.
Also, be sure to check under the description for the shows that you love for ones that would be similar. Netflix is dedicated to providing you quality entertainment based on your likes and dislikes. They have developed algorithms to analyze what you watch so they can recommend other shows that you will enjoy. Use this to your advantage! No more searching for a movie or program. They point you in the right direction!
Need recommendations for shows to watch with your kids? Check out these movies and programs to share with younger kids:
1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (I just watched this with James this weekend. He likes to fast forward to the part where they get to the island with the food).
2. The Pirate Fairy (Cady isn’t really into fairies anymore. Is it wrong that I want to watch this for myself?)
3. Hoodwinked (This movie is cute and funny.)
4. Angelina Ballerina
5. Bob the Builder
6. The Muppet Movie (LOVE the Muppets!)
Movies and programs to share with the tween and younger teen age group:
1. Strange Hill High (I haven’t seen this, but it looks like something I would enjoy.)
2. The Avengers (This is an AWESOME movie!)
3. The Smurfs 2
4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
5. Free Birds
6. Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure (Cady LOVES these mermaid shows. She’s watched one of the series three times.)
Movies and programs to share with your older kids:
2. The Breakfast Club (Not yet, but the day is coming when I’ll watch this with Cady.)
3. Friday Night Lights (I’ve heard great things about this show, but I haven’t watched it yet.)
4. The Vampire Diaries (I’m sure I’ll get to this at some point. Maybe now that I’m done with Pretty Little Liars, which was AWESOME?)
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (We watched this with the kids, but I’m not sure they can appreciate it yet.)
6. 13 Going on 30
What movies and programs do you enjoy watching with your family?