*Here is a re-post from my old blog I thought you might enjoy…
Since discovering Redbox, and all of the free rental codes available, my family has been renting movies much more frequently in the past few months than ever before. But, of course, the recurring problem we’ve discovered is that although we keep to PG-13 movies (depending on why it’s rated above PG) for me and my husband, and “G” movies for Jada, we are still shocked and appalled at what is allowed in these lower rated movies, even in some “G”‘s. We’ve been considering only watching PG movies ourselves, just to try to avoid the atrocious language that is allowed once or twice into these movies, not to mention the sexual content, drug references, and other distasteful displays. But, there are some really good movies out there (for adults) that may be rated PG-13 for peril or violence, that really are worth watching. You guys remember The Passion of The Christ… it was rated R, but VERY worth watching!
So, I’ve done some searching around, and reading of many reviews, and I’ve come up with a list of websites that I think do a very nice job of reviewing movies from a moral, Christian perspective. I would suggest taking a look at these reviews before bringing a movie into your home. I would highly suggest that you read at least three different website’s comments before making up your mind, as some are more thorough and critical than others, and you will get a much better idea of what questionable content may be in the movie by reading from several reviews. So, here they are:
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I am increasingly having to screen what “kids” movies my children are watching… just because it’s rated “G” doesn’t mean that it’s harmless. The use of language such as, “Shut up”, “Stupid”, “Idiot” and especially, “I hate you!” are, in my opinion, completely inappropriate for young children and totally unnecessary in any children’s movie. Oh, how atrocious it sounds when repeated from our innocent child’s mouth. And don’t even get me started on the bad attitudes, disrespect for authority, and crudeness that cartoons are filled with nowadays. Unless it’s a Christian video (like Veggie Tales or something), Mommy and Daddy watch it before Jada and Titus do, and decide if it’s appropriate or not, and they have come to respect that.
I hope that you will use these resources when considering an unfamiliar movie, to give yourselves some better discernment before watching and regretting. As my dad always said, “Trash in, trash out.” Once you see it and hear it, it’s in your mind, and it will come back out again. So let’s protect our minds, and especially those of our beautiful children, and use discretion when it comes to letting Hollywood into our homes.
If you know of any other really good Christian movie review website, I’d love to know about it, so please share!