Look Before You View: Know What You’re Watching at the Theatre Before You Go!

| June 6, 2013 | 5 Comments

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It is that time of year that many people, including parents, can’t wait for: the beginning of the summer blockbuster movie season. These movies have been promoted, either before other movies, on TV, or online so parents and their children can plan out their movie nights and escape into a make-believe world for a few hours. When I go to the theatre with my oldest daughter, I try to have an idea about what the film is about, especially if it is based from a popular book or series. Why would I take the time to do this? It’s just a movie, right?

I feel that more parents should be aware of what they are taking their children to see at the theatres, as what they may be watching may be above what their child can handle or truly understand. I feel this way because my oldest child felt as though she has been to a few movies that were geared towards kids, but what was shown in the trailers and what she actually saw were two different things. She told me she had a lot of questions before and after the movie was over as well, but didn’t feel comfortable asking her questions to the person who took her to see these movies. After that happened, I came up with some fun ways to help her feel more comfortable before watching a movie she doesn’t know too much about besides what she saw from the trailers she saw on TV or at the theatres. I’m going to share these tips with you so everyone at home can have a better idea of what they’re going to see at the theatre and how everyone can be a part of the movie viewing decision.

Look Into the Films You Want to View

If you don’t have a clue as to what these movies are about, do a little looking into them. You and your kids can either go online to find the official site for each film, do a search for a brief synopsis through a search engine, like Google, Yahoo! or Bing, on a movie theatre site (i.e. – AMC, Cineplex Odeon, Empire Theatres), or watch or read reviews from movie reviewers who have seen these films (i.e. – www.parentpreviews.com, http://www.kidspickflicks.com/tara-the-mom) and get their opinion on how the films are. This way, you are able to get a sense of the basic plot, as well as a feel for what you are going to be seeing.

Read the Book/Comic Based on the Movie with Your Kids

I like this tip because you’re able to have an understanding of what the movie is about straight from the author’s mouth. You can get an idea of who the main characters will be, how dark or how much or little violence to expect, and some of the areas that you may have to explain to your kids if you feel that the movie may be a little above what you would have originally expected. This also allows you to answer any questions your kids may have about the movie before seeing it so neither of you miss what’s happening on the big screen.

Talk it Out!

This idea really goes along with the previous tips I shared. I think it’s also the most important one because it creates a dialogue between you and your child. It lets them know that you want to know what they like, and that it’s okay to ask you about anything they’re not sure about. I feel that discussing what the movies are about lets your child know that their opinions matter to you, and that you take what they think seriously. Talking and making a decision together also allows for everyone to feel as though they are a part of the decision-making process in your family.

So, before you run out to the theatre to see those blockbuster films you’re not too sure about its content this year, how about getting everyone together, looking into the films, then making it a group decision to see them so everyone understands and can handle what they’re about to see. Enjoy the show!

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!

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  1. Christine says:

    Totally agree, just thinking that a movie is rated family does or may not agree with a parent’s view or a child’ s age of appreciating or understanding such a movie. Taking a young toddler to say a Star Wars movie is not convenient.
    It is to the parent also to decide if the movie appropriate or not for the child.

  2. Such good advice. I always try and research movies before we see them.

  3. Nicole B says:

    I have seen kids at very inappropriate movies. I think this is very true that you should be more aware of what to bring your kids too. Although some parents just don’t seem to care!

  4. kathy downey says:

    I always research movies before we see them,because I have left on one occasion because of scenes I thought was not for my young grandkuds

  5. kathy downey says:

    I dont trust the rating system,you have to do your homework on movies before you take your children…………

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