Parent Movie Review – Minions

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Jul 20, 2015 Under Parent Movie Reviews

Parent Movie Review: Minions

Minions by Universal Studios is a madcap, prop-fall film that focuses on the many (many) misadventures of the pill-shaped yellow henchmen originally introduced in Despicable Me, for which the movie serves as a prequel. The film does have a lot of room to giggle, although the giggles might start to get a little more difficult to sustain with the movie’s 104 minute run-time, and the eponymous Minions are downright lovable in their own gibberish-y way.

Plot Overview

Glossing briefly over the evolution of the Minions from single-celled organisms to their current state, the back-story of the Minions is given in a voice-over that explains how these silly little creatures constantly seek to serve the biggest and the baddest boss on the block and how their devotion usually brings that boss to an untimely end.

After a montage when the Minions establish their own society in an ice cave, we meet the hero of the story, a Minion named Kevin with the bright idea to head out into the world and find a new boss to serve. He enlists the help of Stuart, a girl-loving and guitar-playing sidekick, and Bob, who carries around a teddy bear and joyously bounces on every bed he finds. The trio head out into the wide world of 1968, and their bumbling adventure begins. They spend a small (and probably the most hilarious) section of the film in New York City before finding out about Villain Con being held in Orlando.

After hitchhiking to Orlando (Yes, hitchhiking; remember that it’s the 60s!), they eventually manage to attach themselves to the world’s first female super-villain, Scarlet Overkill. She jets them away to her palace, introduces them to her husband, and sends them off to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown. What follows is a bizarre and occasionally hysterical series of events that involves the sword in the stone, an abdication, a bizarre torture scene, and several chaotic action sequences before the film’s denouement.

Violent Content

All of the violence in the film is the cartoony, over-the-top kind that would have made Bugs Bunny feel right at home. There are lots of explosions from which people emerge safely, boulders and chandeliers dropped on people who get little more than a hair out of place in response, and lots of silly weaponry like the Lava Lamp Gun, which shoots real lava (that melts plenty of objects in the film, but never any people). There is never any blood, and the only deaths depicted are of villains like Dracula.

There is one sequence in which the Minions are meant to be tortured with medieval-like devices only to learn that, because of their unique physiology, they find the rack or the hangman’s noose hysterical. The extended “action” sequence at the end has a lot of explosions, and there may be a few tense moments that younger children might find unnerving.

Sexual Content

The Minions are largely asexual, or at least all male, so there’s definitely nothing untoward there. Stuart seems to like the ladies, and he spends some time snuggling with yellow fire hydrants, but it plays as cute and charming. There are a few shots of Minions in their underwear or bathing suits, their little rear-ends shown for comedic effect, and there’s a sequence where guards in the Tower of London strip and slap each other on the behinds which might be a little unnecessary, but – even considering the PDA-heavy relationship between Scarlet Overkill and her husband Herb – the movie is fairly clean with regards to sex and has no nudity.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Although the film is set in 1968, there’s no mention or allusion to drugs at all. The movie’s soundtrack includes The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, but the songs are sampled in the film to avoid any suggestion of drug use.

Alcohol isn’t expressly mentioned or highlighted, but there are several scenes where it seems to be imbibed. At least one Minion can be seen sipping what looks like a martini, and Queen Elizabeth is shown getting absolutely plastered in a pub, guzzling a beer. She also speaks drunkenly to Kevin for a time, but it’s never actually mentioned that she’s inebriated or what she’s drinking.

Overall

Minions is admittedly one-note joke that lasts almost two hours, but it’s not trying to be anything other than a silly film with silly gags. Although there are still giggles to be had at the way the Minions speak and act by the end of the film, especially when Bob gives his fantastic “speech” to the people of England, it might be hard to sustain the interest of younger children for the duration.

The message is also a little wishy-washy. The Minions serve bad guys exclusively, which isn’t the best ideology for kids, especially since they never learn from their mistakes: they keep signing up to serve these bad guys, and something always goes wrong. But the movie does highlight the importance of perseverance and friendship, with Kevin, Stuart, and Bob sticking together through thick and thin to achieve their goal of finding someone to serve.

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About Paul B. Murray
Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an Atlanta outdoor movie equipment rental company for movie nights and a dad of 2 pre-teen girls. When he is not traveling the South creating outdoor movie nights for communities and schools, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and watching movies with his family.

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Summer Camps Host Indoor Movie Events

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Jul 8, 2015 Under Event Productions

Indoor movie at summer camp

An Atlanta area youth summer camp recently hosted an indoor movie event to surprise the children who attended. Southern Outdoor Cinema was hired to produce the indoor feature film for the group, and it was a complete success. Everyone from the smallest child to the event’s coordinators enjoyed an evening filled with singing and fun as they got to watch a beloved Disney movie.

Power Camp

Power Camp invites the youth in the Atlanta area each year to come and experience some new sporting opportunities that they may otherwise not get a chance to enjoy. The camp gives children between the ages of eight and twelve the ability to participate in some non-traditional sports like lacrosse along with a few favorites such as soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The kids are trained by accomplished athletes that range from high school players to actual professionals. All participants learn skills and team work that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Movie Night

The camp is held at Morehouse College where event coordinators turned the school’s gym into a movie theater complete with popcorn for everyone. This was done as both a reward and special treat for the children. An inflatable screen was set up at the far end of the gymnasium. This left plenty of room to lay out blankets and pillows for all of the campers to relax on while viewing the main attraction.

Movie night was a special treat and a surprise to the campers. Not only was the event itself unexpected, but the movie selection was also a huge surprise. The movie selection wasn’t announced until the start of the film so you can imagine how thrilled the children were when they were shown Frozen. Disney’s big animation hit portraying the icy story of the two totally devoted to each other sisters is a beloved favorite of many so it was only natural that the children sang along with Elsa and Anna throughout the film. The fact that this indoor movie event turned into a sing along only added to the fun of this unique experience.

Movie night in College Gym
Southern Outdoor Cinema – recreates a movie theater in gym

Much of this indoor movie event’s success is due to the expertise of Southern Outdoor Cinema. They have provided all the necessary equipment for several indoor and outdoor movie events. For this particular viewing the movie was shown on a silent movie screen. This new screen technology allows the screen to be blown up and then the blower is removed for a quieter viewing experience. No noises distract from the indoor movie. In addition, Southern Outdoor Cinema’s turnkey service allowed the camp coordinators to not worry about the production details. This let them focus all of their attention on the campers.

The success of this summer camp’s indoor movie event gave the group’s leaders a way to reward the children with a unique surprise. The kids enjoyed their night of popcorn, a movie, and plenty of sing-alongs. Best of all, this event created memories that these children will forever cherish.

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About Southern Outdoor Cinema

Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next indoor or outdoor movie event.

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2015 Georgia Movies In The Park Schedule

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday May 25, 2015 Under Company News, Event Productions

2015 Georgia Movies In The Park

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ – Atlanta’s best family outdoor movie series returns to the Atlanta / North Georgia area. Presented by Northside Hospital, Regal Nissan, LGE Credit Union, Chill Hill and Southern Outdoor Cinema, Movies in the Park™ shows blockbuster films on huge inflatable movie screens in unique and historical locations. Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown NOT dark (which is 30-40 minutes before other outdoor movie series in Atlanta). Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and bug spray.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ -Cumming @ Vickery Village (Next to Chill Hill)
June 3 – Big Hero 6
June 17 – Sponge Bob Square Pants: Sponge Out Of Water
July 1 – Disney’s Maleficient
July 15 – Dreamwork’s Home
July 29 – Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb.

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ – Dawsonville on the Beach @ War Hill Park
June 5 – Sponge Bob Square Pants: Sponge Out Of Water

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ – Dawsonville @ Rock Creek Park
Oct 31 – as part of Dawsonville Parks & Rec’s Halloween Trunk or Treat

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ – Woodstock @ City Center Park
May 1 – Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1
Oct 31 – as part of Woodstock’s Halloween Festival
Dec 5 – as part of Woodstock’s Christmas Jubilee

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ – Canton @ Browns Park (off of Elizabeth Street)
June 20 – Penguins of Madagascar
July 18 – Dreamwork’s Home
August 22 – Paddington

Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ – Alpharetta @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Rain or shine)
May 29 – Big Hero 6

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Georgia Movies in the Park Kicks Off May 1 In Woodstock

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Apr 28, 2015 Under Company News, Event Productions

Georgia Movies In The Park

Georgia Movies in the Park™ – Atlanta’s best family outdoor movie series returns to the Atlanta / North Georgia area. Presented by Northside Hospital and Southern Outdoor Cinema, Movies in the Park™ shows blockbuster films on huge inflatable movie screens in unique and historical locations. Movie start times are kid-friendly and begin at sundown not dark. Concessions and kids activities are available before the movie. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, and bug spray.

The series kicks off in historic Woodstock during the City’s “Friday Night Live” event. Before the movie, take a stroll down Main Street and check out the local shops and restaurants or just watch the train roll into town.

Woodstock @ City Center Park
May 1 – Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1
Oct 31 – Halloween themed movie
Dec 5 -Christmas themed movie

Sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee, Regal Nissan and Southern Outdoor Cinema.

For more information on free outdoor movies in Atlanta check out www.facebook.com/GaMoviesInThePark

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Food Truck Invasion And An Outdoor Movie

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Mar 9, 2015 Under Event Productions

Food truck invasion and an outdoor movie

The people of the North Fort Lauderdale/Miami area have found a way to capture a retro feeling during an evening of family fun events. They’ve combined three terrific activities into one exciting night that those of all ages can appreciate. Whether you are a foodie, classic car junky, or simply miss the days of the drive-in theater, you’ll love the monthly Food Truck Invasion and Outdoor Movie. It’s become a terrific way to make memories with friends and family in a classic setting.

Once a month in the North Fort Lauderdale/Miami area they hold a food truck invasion. Guests can indulge in all their favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue. If you are feeling in the mood for something more adventurous, there is plenty of other cuisine to delight your taste buds. With over twenty food trucks, it’s not surprising to find everything from Mexican to Greek, and they even remember to offer ice cream for dessert.

Classic car, cobra at Movie night

The fun doesn’t stop when visitors have finally got their fill of all the tasty dishes and treats. The city park’s grass commons area is transformed into an outdoor movie venue. Guests are immediately transported back to the old drive-in days of yesteryear. Just like then, people can sit in their cars, out on the grass on blankets, or in lawn chairs and enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars. A large inflatable movie screen is set up where everyone can find a good seat for viewing the main feature.

Eat Hear See

One aspect of the evening that truly brings the retro drive-in feel to life is how the classic car club meets there too. The members bring their restored cars and trucks to the event where they can show off all the hard work and time they’ve spent on these beauties. Any avid car lover would enjoy strolling among these classics where they can get an up-close look while being able to talk to the owners. Others will simply enjoy that “remember when” feeling that only these unique vehicles can bring to mind.

The people who coordinate this monthly event have found a way to provide residents of the area and visitors alike with a way to spend time with family and friends that they won’t soon forget. The Food Truck Invasion alone is a big draw to folks from all over, but by adding an outdoor movie to the evening’s schedule, they’ve created a way for everyone to be able to sit back and relax while enjoying some delicious food. All of the guests left after the feature presentation with memories that will last a lifetime.

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About Southern Outdoor Cinema

Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next outdoor movie event.

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