By Sean Gardner
I was thinking recently about different things I can do with this blog of mine. I want to be able to write about as wide a variety of film topics as possible. I want to be able to do things that appeal to all types of movie goers.
That being said, I believe that there is a large family oriented audience that craves wholesome, kid friendly entertainment. If you don’t believe me, look at the box office returns of an animated movie like Home. It came out at a time when there really wasn’t anything else to take the whole family to see. With mixed review at best (from both audiences and critics), it stayed in the top 5 at the box office for over a month and ended up making $386 million worldwide. The first Kung Fu Panda from 2008 came out when crass comedies like You Don’t Mess With the Zohan and Sex in the City and the horror film The Strangers were also in the box office top 5. While box office performance is not the “end all, be all” yard stick that all films should be measured by, I believe the numbers reveal that families want to go to the movies together. They want to have shared experiences and create fond memories, and going to the movies is one of the ways they can do that.
Therefore, as a new feature of this website, I will be posting what I am going to call Family Friendly Reviews. These reviews will only be G and PG rated films. They will be exactly like all of my other reviews except they will have an extra paragraph or so dedicated solely to describing how “family friendly” I think a particular film is. By “family friendly” I mean entertaining and appropriate for the whole family; entertaining and appropriate for kids and for adults. These aspects will be determined by dialogue, thematic story and plot points, visuals, violence, and pretty much everything else. My first Family Friendly Review will be of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast so keep an eye out for that. It should be up soon.
Note: I will still be doing regular reviews of new release movies and classic movies of all types along with various commentaries and editorials as often as I can. The format for those posts will stay exactly the same. Thanks for reading!