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What movies do you think would be important for older kids to see? I thought of To kill a mocking bird, Malcolm X, An inconvenient truth, fork over your knives, Serenity. There are some others, too.

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philomom- May I ask why Yentl? Just wondering?

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philomom- May I ask why Yentl? Just wondering?

Yentl dressed as a boy to study the Talmud which was forbidden to women by Jewish law.

Just as women were forbidden to vote at one point, I think it shows courage. And the music is pretty darn good.
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This is interesting. I've only seen one or two of the movies on this list!


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Remember the Titans is an excellent movie that can lead to discussions re: racism, prejudices of all kinds, remaining steadfast, facing difficult truths, and forgiveness.

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I have always loved and continue to be spellbound by Whale Rider. Loving reading all these other suggestions though. :)

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I wonder about some of the films above that have excessive violence. I wouldn't put those in a "kids" movie category. Later High School and College age is good for movies like Schindlers List and American History X. I can't even watch that one scene in American History X as an adult. I'd say Dances with Wolves, but that had violence in it too. Profound movie though. How about movies about some of the good things in the world?

 

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Millions (great, but some scary parts with a bad guy)

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) - my boys (6&9) saw this recently and loved it

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I have always loved and continue to be spellbound by Whale Rider. Loving reading all these other suggestions though. smile.gif

Whale Rider makes me weep, that a girl could be so unwanted by her kin. I'm glad it ends well!
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When I was a teen I was obsessed with horses...so...Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and one of the classics--The Black Stallion
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When I was a teen I was obsessed with horses...so...Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and one of the classics--The Black Stallion

 

The Black Stallion is one of my favorites! Such a good movie. 

 

I'm thinking any coming-of-age movie would be good, right? Depending on what age we are talking about when we say "older kids" I am thinking movies that cover topics such as bullying, first romantic encounters, shyness, self-discovery, introversion, lack of confidence, etc. 

 

Some of my personal favorites (teen movies): 

 

Stand by me

Dead poets society

Breakfast Club

 

Also, a great list here: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/gallery/50_greatest_teen_movies/ 

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Yes! Yes to all of those. The Dead Poets Society was huge for me when i first saw it in the 6th grade. I would add Mary and Max ,  Harold and Maude , V for Vendetta and Little Miss Sunshine.

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When I was about eleven or twelve I would watch The Killing Fields over and over again. I memorized many of the lines.

I was weird. Really good movie and important as well. :-)

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We recently watched "42" with our 12 yr old and 9 yr old. They had lots of questions about the time period and how blacks were treated (we are a white family), but it was a GREAT way to handle those questions!

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Would a twelve year old boy be old enough to watch these? He hasn't watched any PG-13 or R rated movies yet.

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Bborgia; To Kill a Mockingbird I watched in 7th grade social studies.
I would say that American History X is not appropriate for most 12 year olds. Its pretty violent.
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Bborgia; To Kill a Mockingbird I watched in 7th grade social studies.
I would say that American History X is not appropriate for most 12 year olds. Its pretty violent.


Thanks for your insight. I appreciate it.

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Rainman

The Majestic

Akeelah and the Bee

Cinderella Man

White Man's Burden

Good Will Hunting

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Would a twelve year old boy be old enough to watch these? He hasn't watched any PG-13 or R rated movies yet.

 

You could always check the "parents' guide" section of IMDB for any movie you'd like to review.


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You could always check the "parents' guide" section of IMDB for any movie you'd like to review.


Sounds great, but what is IMDB?

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Sounds great, but what is IMDB?

 

http://www.imdb.com/

 

 

And I thought of a few more:

The Pursuit of Happyness

March of the Penguins

E.T.

Finding Forrester


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In high school, we watched Basketball Diaries. Still one of my favorite movies.

 

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Amistad.

Dead Poets Society.

I Am Sam. (makes me cry every time)

To Kill A Mockingbird.

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