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Movie Choices for Kids - Perks of Being a Wallflower, Here Comes the Boom

October 15, 2012 3:20 pm
Written by: Jean Joachim

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Approx. running time: approx. 103 minutes)
Rated PG-13 Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd

Based on the bestselling book of the same name, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming of age story that touches on the major issues facing kids today: drugs, homosexuality, heterosexuality, bullying, suicide, sexual abuse in families, divorce, remarriage, the pressures of getting into college and finding a group where you belong.

The movie opens with a scene of 15-year-old Charlie (Lerman) writing in a journal while he's in the hospital. The rest of the movie is told in flashback. On his first day in high school, Charlie is a nervous wreck. He has lost his best friend who committed suicide several months earlier. Now he's a freshman in a new school and wants desperately to make friends. But Charlie is no ordinary beer-swilling, cigarette-smoking, friends-with-benefits kind of guy. He's smart, a good writer, loves to read and is sensitive.

Charlie is taken in by Patrick (Miller) and his half-sister, Sam (Watson). They are a little crazy but fun. He is quickly folded into a group that takes drugs. The movie depicts Charlie getting high by accident and makes fun of the experience. Charlie is on the edge and though the movie makes allusions to what has made him so emotionally fragile, we don't get the full picture until the end.

There is some bad language, bullying and violence on a gay teen. Sexual situations are alluded to but not shown. Also, sexual abuse on some of the teens when they were young is also thrown into the mix. I liked how many issues the movie deals with and how they were seamlessly woven into the plot. However this isn't a movie for younger children.

I won't spoil the ending but the message that friends and family can help you through a crisis is a good one. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is best for teens 15 or 16 and up. See it with your kids; it might raise some interesting questions you can discuss at the dinner table.

HERE COMES THE BOOM (Approximate running time: 105 minutes)
Rated PG   Starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler,  Salma Hayak, Greg DePaul

Scott Voss (James) is a dispirited biology teacher in a failing school. He's lost his drive to inspire students, blaming it on the "system."  He is friendly with the music teacher (Winkler) and the school nurse, Bella, (Hayak) who he keeps trying, unsuccessfully, to date.

In an assembly of teachers, the assistant principal announces that the music program will be cut due to lack of funds. Scott unwittingly volunteers to raise the money then gets caught up in his good deed. Through a fun series of events, he ends up doing mixed martial arts fighting to raise the money. There were some hilarious slapstick moments throughout the movie but the fight in the rain took the cake. I'm not sure about the message that this type of fighting to raise money, even for a music program, is good.

As usual with Kevin James movies, the messages about family, doing the right thing coupled with no sex or bad language puts this high on my list. There was the fighting but watching what his willingness to take it all the way did for the school, himself and others was heart-warming. Here Comes the Boom is best for kids 9 and up who understand that people get hurt doing mixed martial arts fighting. See it with the kids, it's delightful.



THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Approx. running time: approx. 103 minutes)
Rated PG-13 Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd

Based on the bestselling book of the same name, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming of age story that touches on the major issues facing kids today: drugs, homosexuality, heterosexuality, bullying, suicide, sexual abuse in families, divorce, remarriage, the pressures of getting into college and finding a group where you belong.

The movie opens with a scene of 15-year-old Charlie (Lerman) writing in a journal while he's in the hospital. The rest of the movie is told in flashback. On his first day in high school, Charlie is a nervous wreck. He has lost his best friend who committed suicide several months earlier. Now he's a freshman in a new school and wants desperately to make friends. But Charlie is no ordinary beer-swilling, cigarette-smoking, friends-with-benefits kind of guy. He's smart, a good writer, loves to read and is sensitive.

Charlie is taken in by Patrick (Miller) and his half-sister, Sam (Watson). They are a little crazy but fun. He is quickly folded into a group that takes drugs. The movie depicts Charlie getting high by accident and makes fun of the experience. Charlie is on the edge and though the movie makes allusions to what has made him so emotionally fragile, we don't get the full picture until the end.

There is some bad language, bullying and violence on a gay teen. Sexual situations are alluded to but not shown. Also, sexual abuse on some of the teens when they were young is also thrown into the mix. I liked how many issues the movie deals with and how they were seamlessly woven into the plot. However this isn't a movie for younger children.

I won't spoil the ending but the message that friends and family can help you through a crisis is a good one. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is best for teens 15 or 16 and up. See it with your kids; it might raise some interesting questions you can discuss at the dinner table.

HERE COMES THE BOOM (Approximate running time: 105 minutes)
Rated PG   Starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler,  Salma Hayak, Greg DePaul

Scott Voss (James) is a dispirited biology teacher in a failing school. He's lost his drive to inspire students, blaming it on the "system."  He is friendly with the music teacher (Winkler) and the school nurse, Bella, (Hayak) who he keeps trying, unsuccessfully, to date.

In an assembly of teachers, the assistant principal announces that the music program will be cut due to lack of funds. Scott unwittingly volunteers to raise the money then gets caught up in his good deed. Through a fun series of events, he ends up doing mixed martial arts fighting to raise the money. There were some hilarious slapstick moments throughout the movie but the fight in the rain took the cake. I'm not sure about the message that this type of fighting to raise money, even for a music program, is good.

As usual with Kevin James movies, the messages about family, doing the right thing coupled with no sex or bad language puts this high on my list. There was the fighting but watching what his willingness to take it all the way did for the school, himself and others was heart-warming. Here Comes the Boom is best for kids 9 and up who understand that people get hurt doing mixed martial arts fighting. See it with the kids, it's delightful.


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