Today, most family movies tend to be animated or involve puppets, but for this upcoming movie night, you’ve chosen a fine selection of action films to help the stress of this week just melt away!
Wait, what? Action movies? Are you serious? Sure, what’s wrong with a cool action flick the whole family can enjoy, right? Well, therein lies the biggest issue with most action movies – they are not very family-friendly. The last thing you need to do is keep telling the kids to cover their eyes due to violence or more adult content, and you definitely don’t want to begin an entire conversation over salty language being used. But action films are so cool! Why can’t they really make these type of exciting films for everyone? It turns out they do.
Unfortunately, that tease won’t payoff in case that you were hoping for a real list. You want to understand that every family is different, and as such, the focus is truly on you and your significant other & how you choose to make decisions in your home. That said, before you jump right into the latest jungle blow-up movie or the best in collateral damage to an entire metropolitan area drama, you could come up with some tips for selecting a movie that’s appropriate.
Know The Ages You’re Working With – The MPAA has established guidelines for ages & levels of appropriate content in movies. Overall, it is actually a really good system from which to work.
Have A Great Handle On How Well Your Kids Deal with Certain Content – Content here can be everything from language and mature material to language. It can also pertain to how well your children can cope with dramatic storylines without catharsis.
Animated or Not? – This is even more for the parents. You need to see a film, but do you want to watch an animated film? For family movies, there are not a lot of options, but over time, movie makers have tried to put in some great jokes for mom and dad to help get them through numerous viewings.
Do Some Online Research & Read Reviews – There are general reviews to check out, as well as entire websites dedicated to families searching for proper films for all ages. They’re detailed and are great resources.
Is Movie Night At Home or at A Theater? – If you are at home, you might play a little fast & loose with MPAA ratings, but if you’re at a movie theater, you might realize that theaters are pretty intent on creating an environment that is comfortable for many moviegoers. As such, if family movie night is hitting the road this week, call the theater ahead of time to check on policies.
Action movies are not necessarily the usual selection for a family movie night, but there are films out there that could fit the bill. There’ll be some amount of compromise on everyone’s part because it may not be the fullest representation of what an action-packed film can provide, but just remember the 1 thing which truly matters most – you are hanging out as a family.