How to find a cool movie for kids
Although there are countless of leisure activities to crowd your kid’s spare time with, watching movies will remain a classic favorite, regardless of the age or the generation. The pleasure of watching movies, as well as the patience to go through all of it comes from the parents, so make sure your kids know how many interesting things they can learn from a movie.
However, finding an appropriate movie for kids may prove a quite difficult task, especially if you don’t have the time to go through online kids movies reviews or check out the latest DVDs for sale. Nevertheless, if you plan on developing your kid’s imagination or simply get a quiet Sunday evening pass by easier, our comprehensive and useful guide will probably help you pick the right movie.
Bear in mind that not all movies with stories are appropriate for children, as well as not all “adult”-labeled movies should be watched alone, without your kids. We believe there is a fine line between art and promiscuity, especially in the cinematography, but this doesn’t mean you should ban your kids from watching movies with kissing scenes or depicted gestures of affection.
How we chose the coolest movies for kids
There are certain things you need to pay attention whenever searching for cool kids movies or to serve your audience the best movies for kids. From the length of the movie to the subjects treated, the story line, and the visual effects, all these can influence the overall opinion will have a certain movie. So here is what you should look for.
The perfect movie length
Whether we talk about movies for teenagers or the best kids movies, bear in mind that children and teens are not used to standing still for long. They easily lose focus and are highly stimulated by everything surrounding them. Thus, the best way to keep your kids’ attention is to make sure the movie is not too long, but not too short either.
Cinemas are the perfect places for letting your kids watch a movie because the surroundings are all dark and your kid will only focus on the screen in front of them. Just make sure to not stuff them with too much soda or popcorn to leave the movie theatre every 20 minutes.
As for the perfect length, we think that a typical movie around 80-90 minutes will suffice, especially if we are talking about smaller children. Obviously, teens can “endure” two-hour long movies and even more, but only if the topic is relevant or interesting. Otherwise, they will skip it after the first 10 minutes.
The story line
If we are talking about movies for tweens, be prepared to face a whole new dimension of horror movies, action movies, zombies, vampires, superheroes and car races for boys or, on the contrary, the typical romcoms for girls. Sure, we don’t want to perpetuate any stereotypes here but studies in the field have shown that preteen girls are mainly interested in movies with teen subjects or cheesy romantic comedies while boys, on the contrary, will have a great satisfaction watching everything bloody, with monsters, or cars.
However, you don’t have to worry about the side effects such movies will have on the psyche of your teen. They are already developed and mature enough to make their own decisions, and we are also talking about a difficult stage in their lives where they will most likely experiment with new movie genres or go out for movies with their friends.
If we are talking about specific movies for 12-year olds, it really depends on how childish or mature your kid is. This critical pre-teen age comes with plenty of mood swings and hormonal changes both for girls and boys, and these changes will affect not only their bodies but their entire personality.
Thus, if your little girl still plays with dolls she might enjoy animations or Disney movies, but don’t act too surprised if she will also want to see an action movie or one rated for adults with a more complex topic.
The subjects treated
Children and especially teens are highly interested in their own persons and hardly show interest in anything else that doesn’t have to do with their closest friends or crushes. Thus, force them to go to the movies with their parents and their younger siblings will definitely seem like a pure act of sadism and torture.
If you want to rent a movie that will make sense for your teen, choose en-vogue topics. You can easily find a list of the “coolest” movies for their age by going through any teens magazine or observing your child’s preferences in terms of actors or singers-turned-actors. Anything that has to do with fame, other teenagers, vampires, zombies, and cheesy love stories will spike the interest of your teens for sure.
Avoid psychological movies or those who are too long, even if they tell a good story. You should also stay away from animations or “children” movies with kids and animals.
Hot actors and actresses are also a good starting point for every teen who wants to watch a movie.
If on the other hand, we are talking about typical children’s movies, keeping a simple storyline with plenty of visual effects will do the trick. It is important to transport our children to magical places, filled with story characters, supernatural heroes, and fairies to stimulate their imagination and positive thinking.
Cartoons and animations are also amongst children’s favorite types of movies because they resemble more their idea of leisure activity and they can see their favorite characters from fairy tales or comic books on the screen.
Superb animations are created by Pixar Studios and DreamWorks Animation studios and they have a whole list of classics that can be watched by children and adults of all ages. We also suggest short animations and the classic Little Prince story to develop your kids’ intellect and stimulate their imagination and vocabulary.