I have been, or can be if you click on a link and make a purchase, compensated via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value for writing this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=dabydainouwo-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003L20IJM&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrSince I wrote the post last week, the boys and I watched Nanny McPhee Returns. I love Emma Thompson in most anything she does. She does a great job playing a character that could be described as an ugly Mary Poppins. As in the first film, Nanny McPhee, she arrives in a household where the kids have gone a bit wild and need to be reigned into line. The kids, of course, would love to send her packing at first. But, as she shares with them “When you need me, but do not want me, then I will stay. When you want me, but do not need me, then I have to go.”
Both films in this series have elements of magic. Beyond her ability to make things happen, there is now the question of her seemingly immortal status. Not only is the sequel set many years in the future, but there’s a few times when characters recognize Nanny McPhee as she’d been a part of their lives as children.
As far as a movie that provides moments for laughter and shows that with proper direction a child can learn to behave well, this movie delivers with outstanding performances by the cast. But, if you want to avoid films with magic intertwined with the story line, then this one need not be viewed by your family.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=dabydainouwo-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000B5XOYS&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrNow I wanted to share a classic film that also shows how a seemingly ‘bad’ child could be brought to live a more Godly life. Boys Town is one that my boys initially turned their noses up at viewing. It was on the recommended list in the Catholic Heritage Curriculum lesson plans for fourth grade when P was studying the regions of the US. What initially seemed to be a turn-off for the boys was the film being in black and white. However, by the time the movie ‘took off’ and got interesting, they seemed to lose sight of the film not being in color and appreciated it for the wonderful story it told.
If you haven’t seen this classic about Father Flanagan and his creation of a town for boys (that now houses both boys and girls), then you may want to consider putting it on your list of movies to view. I keep thinking about getting Men of Boys Town to view some day, but hear it is just not as good as the original film.
You can read the other submissions to Issue 4 of The Christian Home at The Legacy of Home.