Summer is great, am I right? Playing at the park, splashing in the pool, running through the sprinklers. Summer seems almost synonymous with outdoors. But what do you do when your children, so full of energy and life, are stuck indoors? Be it because of rain or heat or maybe you actually have something you need to do, there are many opportunities for the children to be indoors. Build a fort, pop some popcorn, and let Phase 4 Films provide the entertainment in the form of eight new family-friendly movies this summer.
|Movie pose at our place includes pillows and bears.|
We were happy to take a break from the Texas heat to screen these movies for you. Each of the movies in the summer collection, not just July’s collection, which we received, are family-friendly PG movies. (Parents of younger children note that these movies are PG instead of G.) The themes in these movies appealed to my school-aged son whereas my younger son found humour in the physical comedy.
“Donkey X” is a Don Quixote retelling from the perspective of the donkey. It’s got a happily-ever-after ending with some important lessons learned along the way. Our family saw this one first and my husband and I both commented that it was better than we had anticipated. We went in with low expectations for this straight-to-home-video foreign flick and were pleasantly surprised.
The children’s favourite movie was “Freddy Frogface.” My seven year old is no stranger to bullies so this story of a boy tormented by a bully resonated with him. When I asked him why it was his favourite of the three movies he replied, “because Victor was able to spend the summer without the bully.” He also liked that the protagonist’s friend is an inventor and believes that Victor, the protagonist, is probably also an inventor. I’ll be honest, I liked the British accents.
“Smitty” was my favourite of the three movies. With a pretty impressive cast including Peter Fonda, Louis Gossett Jr., and Mira Sorvino, this story of a wayward boy who turns around with the help of his grandfather and his dog was solid and heartfelt. My friend and I teared up more than once while we watched it. Peter Fonda character was easily my favourite, he was charming, endearing, flawed, and hilarious in a very understated way. I may or may not be rewatching the movie for parenting tips from him. I hope when I do my boys can absorb the lessons of friendship and making good choices.
You can find these movies at your local RedBox, at national retailers like Target and Walmart, as well as online from Amazon.com.
Phase 4 Films is offering a promotion for one lucky family to receive a complete set of all the summer films in this promotion. Visit their Pinterest board and enter the Pin It To Win It promotion. While you’re there, check out their fun in the sun activities and their rainy day ideas. Good luck!