Family Movie Nights are a favorite in our house. Often times, I share our thoughts on the movies we’ve watched here for the Christian Home Magazine. And, we’ve hosted a few movie parties with friends that have always been well received.
There’s just something about finding a good family friendly movie that can bring people together!
For us, there are several reasons as to why we have regular family movie nights.
Family Movie Nights are Economical
Whether we are renting the movie or watching something we’ve purchased for repeated viewings, the cost of having a movie night at home is far less than heading to the movie theater. Don’t get me wrong, the boys and I would love to catch the new releases alongside everyone else. But, at a minimum of $6.50 per person, it gets expensive fast. (That’s $32.50 if hubby doesn’t go and any snacks aren’t included in that price!)
From the movie trailers, we typically have a good sense of whether the show is one that we will only watch once or a selection that the boys will watch over and over.
There are options out there for getting movies direct to your house, like Disney Movie Club where your first few movies are seriously discounted. I’ve known a few people who’ve loved this service, but have not used it for our family to date. I can say that we typically love the films from Disney and they are staples in our house which the boys have seen over and over. It only takes a few times of watching a DVD for us to feel like we ‘got our money’s worth.’
Family Movie Nights for Comfort
While the chairs at the newest theaters are comfy and provide a good view of the large screen, our family finds the volume to be too loud most of the time. Then, you can add in the noise generated by a bunch of excited kids in a packed theater or some unusual distractions which make the experience less than optimal.
Beyond physical comfort, there is the benefit of being able to pause the movie if someone needs a bathroom run. There’s nothing like missing a key scene from a movie because you had to take a child to the bathroom.
Family Movie Nights for Bonding
Even though watching a show might be a more passive activity, there is the opportunity to bond with other family members through the shared experience. Hearing others laugh alongside you and maybe having a new found ‘insider joke’ with favorite lines from the movie helps to forge those bonds as well.
Also, watching a film at home where a scene might generate controversy affords you the opportunity to pause and discuss right then or have a discussion after the movie is over without disturbing anyone. Recently, the older boys and I watched a film that was rated R for violence, but the storyline was so compelling that I deemed it okay to watch WITH me. We stopped the film a few times as R couldn’t believe that this was based on historical evidence and that a government could be so cruel towards part of its population.
Does your family enjoy Family Movie Nights?
Any favorite films from the past year?
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