We’ve started a weekly family film in my household. Two hours a week where we hope to get some peace and quiet, while also subjecting our children to films we loved ourselves as children, only to be painfully disappointed and also shocked at the content of 80s films we thought would be kid friendly. Note to self: the 12 and 12A rating didn’t exist in the 80s, so PGs cover up to the 15 category.
For context, my children are 6 1/2 and 4. We are taking turns to pick the films.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
What the hell were we thinking! It’ll be fine, it won’t be that bad. We watched and enjoyed the first few films. I knew this one was a bit darker… and it’s a good film. Well, we got through it with me increasingly judging myself for letting this happen in front of the children. We didn’t let them watch the Voldemort scene. Luckily the little one had drifted off from watching it at this point. I won’t let them watch it again even though my son asks eveeerryyyy day 🙂
All I Want For Christmas
The 1991 film. Alright christmassy film. Without controversy.
Well the grown ups liked this one more than the kids. I think. But blimey, some quite scary bits. Especially the creatures under the Ghost of Christmas Future’s cloak! Aaarghh. We just forcibly put our hands over our children’s eyes for this bit, which was obviously helpful to the relaxing atmosphere during film time.
Great Christmas film. Everyone loved it because it’s brilliant.
Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life.
Dear god, 2 hours I won’t get back. There’s these creatures, and some sort of fighting, and dimensions and a jewel. And then it was over. Hooray! Clearly chosen by a 6 year old.