Help a dad out
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Over on Facebook, Allen Thornburgh has posted a request for movie suggestions for his 10- and 12-year-old sons. The criteria: They should be age-appropriate (so no "Braveheart" or "Gladiator"), exciting enough to hold the boys' attention, and able to help "facilitate a discussion about manhood."

Films mentioned by the commenters so far include "Frequency," "Master and Commander" (we've been trying to recall whether that one is age-appropriate), "Red Tails," "October Sky," "Over the Top," "The Pursuit of Happyness" (though with a caution about the PG-13 rating), "Rocky" (again, trying to figure out age-appropriateness), "The Patriot" (ditto), "Apollo 13," "War Horse," "The Alamo," "Men of Honor," "High Noon," "Radio," "The Lord of the Rings," the "Horatio Hornblower" movies, "Rudy," "Cinderella Man," "The Power of One," "Up," and assorted John Wayne films.

Anyone have anything to add?


I have a lot of favorites (mostly musicals, which don't interest boys), but one of my favorites is "The Fourth Wise Man". With Christmas not too far in the future, this would be a good "down-time" video. It's not so much a thriller (at least till you get to the end), but it certainly has lots of teachable moments, especially about "manhood"...and particularly Christian manhood. I hope "dad" finds what he's looking for.
"The Count of Monte Cristo" would probably hold the attention of a ten-year-old if their last name is Thornburgh, but there is a bedroom scene (hey, it's set in France after all) - which is probably outweighed by the number of topics raised.

"Flyboys" should probably wait a few years, or at least be vetted first.

Maybe "The Man from Snowy River", but probably not its tragically sappy sequel.
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Here are a few I'd recommend for Allen-
"Remember the Titans", "Second Hand Lions","Zathura" and "Miracle" (about the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team that beat Russia. Check the ratings on those though- just going from memory.
I'd almost suggested *On the Waterfront* too. Great movie.
Iron Will: A classic Disney sports story about a dogsled race.

Third Man on the Mountain: another Disney about mountain climbing in Switzerland

Both should be age appropriate and have enough excitment to please a junior high boy.
An older film "Captains Courageous" with Spencer Tracey...Tracy keeps the film from getting sappy.

The boys might be a tad old for it, but with proper introduction, maybe they would still appreciate this film.

You can get kids to appreciate older films, but it might take work...and maybe a bit of preparation...

When the kids are a little older On the Waterfront" isa great 50s movie where people have to make tough choices...

Slightly younger boys might appreciate...most of the 1930s Freddy Bartholomew films with proper intro...Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) with its A list cast; Captains Courageous (1937) and an earlier Dickens movie that Bartholomew did. (I think David Copperfield)
(movie suggestion) Help a dad out
One of the best movies you can watch with your sons is "The Ultimate Gift" starring James Garner, Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether, Brian Dennehy, and others. It teaches the importance of specific tasks called "gifts" - work, money, friends, learning, problems, family, laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude, the importance of each day and love. It will make your boys laugh, probably cry too, and definitely give you plenty of room for teachable moments.

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