Making the Most out of Movies


One of my favorite things to do is to show my kids movies and then pose thought provoking questions afterward. What's especially awesome is when one of my kids makes an observation about something I didn't even catch! I find that discussing movies allows me to see how well their biblical worldview is developing. Sometimes I get suspicious of "Sunday School" answers. This oft quoted joke sums it up well:

A Sunday-school teacher asks the class of young children, "What is little and gray, eats nuts, and has a big bushy tail?" After a moment one child replies, "I know the answer is Jesus, but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me."

See a kid knows that in Church, the answer is always Jesus. Everyone wants that gold star. But take them out of church, and put them in a frozen yogurt shop across from the Cineplex and ask them why the main character of a movie was so hell bent on riches... or revenge.... or love... or justice... and now if the answer is something Jesus - centric you know you are laying a good foundation that will hold up against the storms of life's realities.

So, if you're not doing it already, here are some suggested questions to pose to your kids the next time you watch any movie to engage them in a critical discussion. You'll get to know your kids better and get a lot more value for the $10-$15 bucks you shelled out for it!


STEP 1: CHOOSE A UNIT OF MEASUREMENT

We use pineapples. No reason, it's just what we landed on. 5 pineapples to be exact. So the first thing we share is how each of us would rate the film in pineapples. If the score is low, usually it comes with some related critique. If it's high that usually gets explained as well. Sometimes this is enough to start the conversation.

STEP 2: BREAK IT DOWN

Ask these questions

1. Who was the protagonist of this movie and what was his or her goal?

2. How did you feel as the protagonist pursued this goal?