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Our Must See Weekend List: Inside Out and Jurassic World #SummerWatchAThon

If you’ve known my husband for any length of time, you’ll know that he could have been a movie critic in a past life. I mean, he’ll watch any and every movie that came out if he could. The good ones, the bad ones, the cryptic ones, ones that are so often the beaten path the producers forgot they made them. What he’s REALLY good at is finding great family entertainment for us to enjoy together. I often find that sometimes movies that are touted as family gems don’t always fit the bill quite right because of inappropriate content. 

There are two movies that we are planning to see, one as a whole family and the other with just Nathaniel because I’m not sure about the scare factor of it. Inside Out has been on our radar for a while. I want to see it for selfish reasons because the premise is that joy doesn’t always make a person better. It hits a chord with me because of having to learn how to let my sadness take its course in order to better take care of myself. 


Jurassic World is on the radar because Mr. Houseful and I grew up when Jurassic Park came out, and it’s just awesome to see that the cinematic quality seems to have gotten better. It’s supposed to be slightly creepy, let’s admit it, we all are kind of interested in going to a park to see what dinosaurs could have been like, but do we REALLY want to do it? Seeing other people on screen live out a secret wish of ours, knowing that it’s all pretend is great, but it’s not a good fit for the trifecta. I can TOTALLY imagine them talking about a Tyrannosaurus Rex eye looking in their window at night. They get their wonderful imaginations from me. I’ll take full credit. 

This brings me to this point. How do YOU choose what television shows/movies to let your children watch on a regular basis? I asked this on my Facebook page a while back because I saw that a TON of people were talking about watching The Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones with their pre-teens and I was taken aback. Mostly because of the content of those shows. I guess I’m old-fashioned. 

There are even some cartoons that I do not like for the kids to watch, and I’m okay with being THAT mom. It just sometimes brings up subject matter that they may not be really ready to discuss, and exposing them to it earlier than they can really grasp concepts is not for me. And THEN there are cartoons that I ban because *I* despise them. Ahem….Caillou I’m looking at you. 

Ah well. This weekend, we’re going to have a chill Father’s Day and take in Inside Out with the family, and hopefully we can have a heart touching talk on emotions…or we can just do our normal and have Lil Miss tell Sir Twizzler how he reminds her of one of the cartoon characters. It’s inevitable. 


What’s on YOUR viewing list this month? Give me some family friendly suggestions to catch in the theater. 

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