It is getting hard for me to find a movie that I feel comfortable having the whole family watch together. Since I have a hard time, I figure you have a hard time too. So I decided that if I come across any great movie I would share it with all of you. It’s the Real Mom Movie Pick.
I recently had a girls weekend with my daughter and we like to watch movies together in the evening before bed. One of the things she wanted to do during our girls weekend was go to the library. I thought we could also look for a movie to watch while we were there. I spotted the movie The Greening of Whitney Brown and decided to get it. My daughter does much better with real people in movies as opposed to cartoons. She also likes movies if it has an animal in it. This movie had both.
It even had some recognizable actors in the show including Brooke Shields, Kris Kristofferson, and Aidan Quinn. It is rated PG and was released in 2011. I must point out a site that I love to use called Kids in Mind. This is a site we use before letting our kids see any movie that we wonder about what content it may have. It gives each move a rating for violence/gore, profanity, and sex/nudity. It even breaks down what is in the movie in each of those categories. I love being able to make an informed decision before seeing a movie rather than getting there and having to cover my kids eyes or ears. This movie wasn’t listed on there but you can find all the current in theater and dvd ones on there.
Now in this movie, the main character Whitney Brown is a spoiled pre-teen living in Philadelphia.
Whitney just won the election for class president. After her win, her gives her a credit card for the first time to buy a dress and shoes with her friends for an upcoming school dance. Whitney goes crazy and soon finds out that credit cards run out of money.
After her spending spree she finds out her father lost his job. The family is forced to move to the country to her grandparents home when her parents feel the squeeze of economic hard times.
Whitney is now far from her comfort zone and no longer the popular girl at school. She befriends an amazing horse, and undertakes a misguided journey back to her old life, only to discover that her family is her home. I really loved the message in this movie. It is a great movie for the whole family.