Family Flicks: The Best Old Movies for Families
"Quite possibly a marriage-saver"? That's what one a reviewer had to say about Ty Burr's The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together. That's rare praise for any book, but Burr's thesis is that the movies he includes will bring families together across ages and individual preferences.
Unlike current films, which tend to be aimed at narrow "niche" audiences, older movies played for general appeal to all ages and thus included elements to which even young children respond. Burr's assertion is that modern culture over stresses what's current, "in" with the style makers of the society, and that watching great old movies from earlier eras gives children a broader understanding of what is universal.
Burr divides his recommendations into three groups: ages 3-6, 7-12, and 13 and up. He includes adventure stories, musicals, romantic comedies, historical movies--the works--and has tested his picks with his own daughters.
Finding great movies without questionable content for kids is hard among the many thousands available, so Burr's "best" old movies list is, as reviewers declare, "a winner." For the price of a few flick rentals, this book is a great addition to summer recreation plans.
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