Parent Movie Review – Shaun of the Sheep

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Mar 11, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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Parent Movie Review: Shaun of the Sheep

Shaun of the Sheep Movie is Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run)latest claymation film aimed at children. The film is rated PG for rude humor. Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, the film features the voices of Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber and Kate Harbour.For Shaun the Sheep (voiced by Fletcher), life at the Mossy Bottom Farm is pretty sweet. There is just one tiny problem though. Farm life can just be SO boring. Wake up. Work. Work. Work. Eat. Sleep. Do it over again. Every. Single. Day. Sound familiar?After tiring of this tedious routine, Shaun and friends devise a scheme to take a day off from work. They trick the farmer into sleep by using the old sheep counting trick. As sheep jump over the fence one after another, the farmer counts them and falls asleep before he even reaches ten. They put the passed out farmer in his caravan, which accidentally rolls away into the big city.

The farmer wakes up, having bumped his head, with amnesia. He soon roams into a hair salon. He begins to cut everyone’s hair as if he was shearing a sheep. The customers love it so much that the farmer becomes a famous stylist sensation.

Meanwhile back on the farm, Shaun and rest of the flock find life impossible without the farmer. Shaun and the gang take a bus to the big city to find the farmer. They eventually find him, but he does not remember them. They concoct a plan to put the farmer asleep again and get him on the caravan and back to the farm.

In the end, the farmer wakes up and regains his memory. He helps the sheep rid the farm of an animal control officer, who becomes bent on killing the sheep. Through teamwork, the farmer and sheep stop the evil animal control officer and gain a new fond appreciation and understanding for each other.

Violence Content

A caravan tumbles to the city, narrowly avoiding being hit by a train. The farmer is knocked out by a falling street lamp. The sheep often escape sudden near-death situations.

The animal control officer uses a high-voltage gun that shoots out a hook in order to trap his victims. This could be especially scary for young children when he demonstrates it’s power on a toy, which ignites in flames. The animal control officer also uses a scythe when he chases the sheep.

When the animal control officer becomes particularly enraged in the ending scenes, he drives a large tractor in hopes of pushing the farmer and sheep off a large cliff. He, of course, is unsuccessful.

Positive Elements

Shaun and his buds go to great lengths to save the farmer after realizing life was so much better when their family-unit was whole. They put themselves in great peril and learn the value of teamwork in order to rescue the farmer from the big city.

This theme is continued as the film introduces stray animals who seek a family of their own and teach Shaun and his friends the value of family.

The farmer learns that a bit of R&R and downtime can go a long way as a treat to your hard-working friends and family members.

Sexual Content

The very top part of a man’s buttocks is shown on several occasions due to his sagging pants. There is some flirtation and a few light sexual insinuations.

A farmer is photographed without his shirt for a calendar. The animal control officer openly flirts with a sheep dressed as a human female.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A drink is mixed and served in a cocktail glass. A character drinks a glass of wine during dinner. The farmer holds a bottle of champagne in a photograph.

A patient in the hospital is gassed unconscious before going in the operating room.

Conclusion

Shaun the Sheep is a movie for all ages. Based on the children’s TV show, the film continues the light-hearted tone of the series. As it has very little dialogue, there is no crass language and it also makes the film very easy to follow for kid’s of all ages. Parents should enjoy this one as well.

While the film does rely on some crude sight-gags such as passed-gas and toilet humor, parent’s should feel confident in showing their little one’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. The morals shine through at the end of this movie and seek to teach children to value and love their family and life, even when it can become boring and tedious ever so often.

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Parent Movie Review – Goosebumps

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 8, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

 

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Parent Movie Review: Goosebumps

R.L. Stine has made a good fortune and a dedicated young adult base of fans from his Goosebumps series of books which were introduced in 1992. After all of these years of selling more than 350 million books in 32 languages the series has finally made it to the movie theater. The movies stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine himself and has received fair reviews across the spectrum and has received a PG rating which makes it a worthwhile view by families with small children. There are some elements which could be unsuitable to parents and those will be explored here.

The story centers around a main character named Zach Cooper who deals with a common theme of moving to a big city after growing up in a small town. Dylan Minnette plays the role well as the story eventually reveals that the move carries both positive and negative aspects as do most life changes. He finds romance and friendship in a neighbor named Hannah whose father is R.L. Stine. The monsters which the author has been creating turn out to be more than imaginary and these characters must bond together in order to place the monsters back into the books.

Fans of the books will recognize some of the most famous titles which are locked in a mysterious bookcase in the house of neighbor Mr. Shivers who is ultimately revealed to be R.L. Stine. Popular books such as The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena all become elements of the movie as the monsters like the Abominable Snowman are chased in order to return them to the pages of the books in which they were written.

Positive Elements

The movie adeptly dresses the uncertainty of life changes such as relocation and shows that courage can turn even a seemingly sad situation in to a great experience. This is tied in with a lesson on defending the innocent as Zach looks to rescue Hannah from inappropriate attacks even if the situation is not what it quite seems on the surface. He is shown making both good decisions such as contacting the authorities who can better assess the situation as well as bad decisions such as taking the matter into his own hands and breaking into the house.

The story incites the imaginations of young viewers as they are taught that courage in spite of the circumstance can birth heroic actions which they may not have known that they were capable of accomplishing. This is also brought to further fruition through the teamwork which is necessary in order for the monsters to be placed back into a place which keeps those around safe. In some ways it is also a touching story about a man (R.L. Stine) who takes the father role for Zach who was prompted to move by the passing of his own dad.

Sexual Content

Champ is the other member of the posse as he becomes an instant close companion to Zach. The movie includes a scene where Champ asks for Zach to go to a dance but not like “together, together” which has some undertones of homosexuality thought. Hanna and Zach also eventually share a couple of kisses before it is all over, one of these being a reward for saving her from a werewolf.

Unfortunately, Hollywood has decided it funny to confuse the word audiophile and pedophile. Also, there is a character named Lorainne who is on the mission to find a man and this leads her to ask if a potential target is going to be leaving his wife. This lack of honor by her towards marriage is definitely not something that Christians would want their children to pick up on. Overall, the sexual content is light and these small issues could be easily addressed by parents if need be.

Violent Content

There is a definite Halloween overtone to the Goosebumps film and there is quite a bit of action as the team of characters looks to recapture the monsters. Sir Snowman wreaks havoc on an ice rink before he is able to be tamed and he chases the teens attempting to hit them. There is a giant praying mantis which runs around in a violent manner and eventually ends up placing a teen in a neck brace by snatching him through a window. Slappy leads the horde of monsters to the dance after breaking R.L. Stine’s fingers in a typewriter. Once at the school, the monsters proceed to send most of the students running for cover before the finale. That finale is explosive and ooze-filled, but overall the content of the movie is quite tame and not too realistic. The actions of the monsters and their pursuers are mostly set to heighten the suspense of the film rather than to glorify violence itself. Any parent who has read some of the novels will already be familiar with this type of action and will probably not be too concerned about their children watching this.

Drug And Alcohol Content

The movie has no content related to drugs and alcohol.

R.L. Stine understands his audience and for that reason has always sought to scare rather than traumatize those children who best love his work. This means that the movie includes no blood or any gore which has been seen in some other similarly targeted films. This is an exciting movie which should definitely bring satisfaction to any of the author’s fans and leave them waiting for a sequel.

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Parent Movie Review – Pixar’s Inside Out

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 1, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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Joy, fear, disgust, anger, and sadness are some of the emotions that control the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley. She was born in Minnesota and considered a bundle of joy by her loving parents. Growing up as a typical girl, she develops a liking for ice hockey and a loving relationship with her close friend. While everything seems ordinary on the outside, many other things are taking place inside her mind.

Not a day passes by without her emotions guiding her every step of the way. Joy, the leading emotion, tries to maintain optimism as she operates in the control center of Riley’s brain. Fear helps to prevent danger while Disgust keeps her from physical and social poisons. Anger makes sure everything is done in a fair way and Sadness functions just the opposite of Joy. They are doing everything they can do to maintain balance in Riley’s thoughts so the outcome on the outside will all be positive.

Rileys memories from childhood are mostly happy, and they form marble-like figures which will eventually progress to long-term memory storage. The most important events from her core memories become islands of personality that makes her who she is. Among these islands are goofball, friendship, honesty, and family island. Thanks to her emotions who guided her in forming these treasured personalities.

When her father’s business requires the family to move to a new house and community in San Francisco, her balanced life cripples from the inside out. As she copes at school as a newcomer while her restless parents are troubled with financial burden, her emotions are working hard to make the necessary adjustments for dealing with these changes. Riley just cannot let go of the life she used to have; including her old house, best friend, and school. With Joy’s leadership inside the headquarters in Riley’s brain, every single thing gradually falls into its right place.

Along with these unexpected turn of events in Riley’s life comes an unusual habit for Sadness to touch everything. She starts to take the place of Joy in operating Riley from the inside which causes Riley to cry in school when introducing herself. On top of it, she also cannot help but touch the marble-like memories which produce a shade of blue. This stain color represents memories full of sadness, and it needs to be prevented from reaching the core memory bank; otherwise the happy and outgoing Riley will exist no more.

Joy will not let Sadness discolor all the memories, so she hold on to the core memories and tries her best to keep them from Sadness. By doing so, both characters are accidentally absorbed in the tube inside the control tower and thrown outside of the main control area. Without the core memories that define Riley’s values in life, she is now completely lost. The emotions left to navigate her are Fear, Disgust, and Anger.

Violence Content

Riley imagines that she is jumping in lava during her childhood days. When Joy and Sadness try to wake Riley up, they dress up in a dog costume. Suddenly, their costume splits into two pieces. As Joy, Sadness, and Bingbing try to cross a room, their bodies become deformed. Angry, one of Riley’s emotions, harshly criticizes others when he gets mad. Riley steals a credit card from her mother to buy a ticket so she can run away from the new changes in her life. A huge scary clown is one of Riley’s fears that is personified in this film. Some of the characters also fall into a black hole under the ground.

Sexual Content

None.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Conclusion

Inside Out is a creative, brilliant, and heartwarming animated kids movie originally created by Pixar. The film is rated PG for mild thematic elements and some actions. The cast includes Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, and Richard Kind.

The film director Pete Docter shows a picture of what is going on inside the head of an emotionally unstable teen as she goes on the complicated journey of growing up. Complicated as it may seem, the artistic director simplified the story in ways that teens and adults can relate to. To make the accounts factual, he even consulted some psychologists. These factors combined with more interesting particulars make this movie an ambitious one.

Today’s generation is desperately searching for happiness everywhere. Even if it is costly, people should go for it. They know that life is not worth living without this biggest emotion being on top of the list when it comes to their sensations. For some, the ultimate goal in life is to be happy.

This film shows the importance of the emotional balance when dealing with things in life. In the beginning, Joy looks unconvinced about why Sadness is included in the control room of Riley’s brain. She wonders what exactly will the function of Sadness be. Towards the end, it shows that Sadness has a critical role to play since she will be the key for Riley to get rid of all the worries and fears of her life.

Qualities like fear, disgust, anger, and sadness are not ideal emotions. However, when they are used in a positive light, they will aid in coherent decision-making; especially when it comes to handling different situations in life. Fear keeps us safe while disgust helps us make the best decision as we weigh things out. Anger teaches us to be fair, and sadness gives healing for internal wounds. Emotions are good companions, and they can save the day when they work together.

Indeed, the secret to being happy is to be content in any and every situation as stated in Philippians 4:11. Bad situations, not just the good ones, will surely come along the way. However, learning to be content from within will become evident on the outside. For what is on the inside will eventually come out.

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Parent Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

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Kung Fu Panda 3 is an action packed animated movie feature, where the main character is a dragon warrior named Po (voice of Jack Black). He is also the ultimate hero of China’s animal kingdom; the undisputable dumpling eating champion of the Valley of Peace and the leader of the Furious Five, an alliance that includes Monkey, Tigress, Viper, Crane and Mantis. The voices behind these warriors are those of Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, David Cross and Seth Rogen respectively. In the ensuing drama, Po unites with his long lost father and a community of other pandas. He must also acquire additional warrior skills to combat a new, more deadly enemy called Kai.

Po’s team faces a two way challenge. In the first scenario, their teacher Master Shifu has decided to go on a knowledge and enlightenment expedition. He appoints Po to hold a brief for him. In the second instance, Kai a notorious village yak has come back from the spirit realm after centuries of spiritual condemnation. Kai’s quest to become the ultimate warrior and the most dominant force in China and the world prods him to steal the “chi” belonging to all the great warriors and masters of the land. Kai goes on a mission to destroy Po in retaliation to what he sees as the physical world’s repudiation of him. Kai also wants to make a mockery of last great prophecy made by the legendary Master Oogway, that a panda warrior will destroy him.

Actors J.K. Simmons, Dustin Hoffman and Randall Duk Kim lend their voices to the characters Kai, Master Shifu, and Master Oogway respectively. Po’s birth father Li tells him about the existence of a mystical secrete village occupied by pandas to the chagrin of his adoptive father, a goose named Mr. Ping (voice of James Hong). Soon Po finds himself in a quandary, as he comes into terms with the idea of meeting other pandas and his real father. In the magical village, Po captures the attention of an exotic and flirtatious dancing panda named Mei Mei (voice of Kate Hudson). Mei Mei appears to love Po more than he does in return. Later, Po avows that the skills and knowledge he needs to fulfill Oogway’s prophecy can only be obtained in the new secrete village.

Positive Elements
One of the many positive elements on this movie is expressed when Po learns about the sacrifice her mother made to protect him against notorious killers when he was a small boy. Po repeats the same feat later by standing against the enemy to protect his community. In another positive scene, Po’s adopted father Ping embraces Po’s birth father in a show of unity.

Violence Content
Kung Fu Panda 3 is rated PG for intense martial arts action as well as mild and rude humor. The martial arts action pits good versus evil characters. One frightening scene is when many of Po’s friends are captured and transformed into opposing jade warriors. The evil Kai also uses large blades connected to chains to destroy things around him, even though the smashing and punching does not result in stabbing or killing. Despite some scenes of violence, the movie is generally suitable for viewing by people of all ages.

Sexual Content
Kung Fu Panda 3 has a mild sexual innuendo. The most notable sexual innuendo is portrayed by the ribbon dancer, MeiMei who openly flirts with Po. In the second instance, a little child is pointing to certain things and then points below the camera view. Although it is said the items are dumplings, this could be misconstrued to mean testicles.

Drug and Alcohol Content
None, the movie doesn’t feature any incident of drug or alcohol use.

Conclusion
Kung Fu Panda is elegantly designed, as it features a scenic mountainside panda hideout and a mystical rock spirit world with a corresponding class act from the pragmatic Po. The new Po is great to look at as he ditches his previous underachieving self. The previous two installments of Kung Fu Panda were highly popular with children and families, even though kids may find the intense battles in the latest release scary. In this movie, Po and his friends must fight against Kai, the supernatural bull monster that is causing so havoc in China. An aura of mystic is captured by the reappearance of Master Oogway and the evil Kai. The other scene that may cause some fear is the conflict between different characters in the movie.

Parents should expect some insults; for example, the use of words such as “loser” and “stupid” and sarcastic humor. On the overall, the entertaining script that includes tit for tat mayhem and inclusion of new characters makes Kung Fu Panda another funny, must watch movie. The other great thing about the Kung Fu Panda 3 is the positive message the movie reverberates. This is portrayed when Po’s family and friends lend him love and support during the times of trouble. Although Po appears not to fit perfectly in the new community of panda’s, the show of unity embraced by the community when there is a disaster goes a long way to instill a sense of belonging on him. The most enduring enduring themes in this captivating threequel include family ties and identity. The movie opened in theatres on January 29, 2016.

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Parent Movie Review – Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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Parent Movie Review: Disney’s Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur movie follows the story of a place where humans and dinosaurs live together. The Good Dinosaur is made by Disney Pixar and Directed by Peter Sohn. This movie is rated PG due to the action, danger, and thematic elements shown in the movie. Cast members include Jack McGraw, Raymond Ochoa, Marcus Scribner, Ryan Teeple and many more.

In the Good Dinosaur Arlo an Apatosaurus became friends with a human boy due to an unfortunate series of being separated from his family during a storm. The whole movie is based on the story line of what would have happened if the asteroid that caused dinosaurs to go extinct didn’t actually hit the earth. It shows the kind of bravery and troubles a person might have to face after losing their loved one which is what young Arlo went through during the storm before meeting Spot the human. The Good Dinosaur is not very educational when it comes to teaching children true facts about the prehistoric times. However, it does show children how to overcome fear and be sympathetic to others.

Positive Content

This movie shows that family and friendship are far more important in one’s life than anything else is. It is healthy and completely a part of life to have fear, but you should never let it consume your whole life. The fact that it shows that fear is healthy and normal in life shows that the lesson that “the grass is always greener on the other side.” It also shows that you can make a positive impact on the world by doing something more than you ever thought you would. All of which are good things that kids should learn.

Sexual Content

This movie did not really show any sexual element’s except for maybe one which would be the fact that Spot the human that Arlo comes across is only wearing a cloth as clothing. Another sexual element shown was that they appear to hint at Spot urinating.

Violent Content

This movie shows many different occasions in which violence is shown. The first occasion was when Arlo’s dad dies during the storm. Another occasion is that one of the characters was shown how to kill and trap a creature. A good amount of animals and insects were killed in the movie and also a large insect’s head was ripped off.
Some of the dinosaurs in the movie were fighting which would be another scene of violence. Along with some of the dinosaurs having visible scars and after showing the scars the dinosaurs continue on to explaining how they received such scars.

Drug and Alcohol Content

There was only one scene where drug and alcohol content was shown and in the scene two of the main characters consumed a piece of fruit that was rotten. After consuming the rotten fruit, they began to hallucinate from eating the rotten fruit.

Conclusion

Over all The Good Dinosaur has a good meaning and story line. It gives children a sense of imagination of what may have happened if the asteroid never hit earth. Although it is very unrealistic and it may confuse younger children making them believe this is what actually did happen.

The movie could have had less violent and sexual content, but I believe that the content shown is appropriate for children who are older. The drug and alcohol content I believe was shown as a joke along with the sexual content of the character urinating. However, this is humor that only a parent may understand and could have been left out of this family movie. I guess you could say that it had a little bit of humor for parents well still being appropriate for older kids.

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