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Entries in movie for girls (2)

Monday
May232011

Gnomeo and Juliet Out on DVD May 24th!

Gnomeo and Juliet is not funny

When my two (now) 8-year olds saw the review copy come in the mail they both said,

"OMG Mom! That movie is hilarious!"

And that's all you really need to know about Gnomeo and Juliet before you head out an buy it on DVD or Blue Ray this week.

In the secret world of garden gnomes we meet two gnomes who come from very different backgrounds and have to put up a fight to be together.

Sure, the plot sounds familiar but the characters are anything but predictable.

Check out the trailer:

Gnomeo and Juliet comes out on DVD and Blue Ray this week!

Not only is this movie kid-approved (even from kids who find some kid-friendly movies scary), it comes with 2 alternate endings, 2 alternate openings, deleted scenes and more! Plus, with music from the great Sir Elton John, it can play in the background while I'm cooking an I may even steal a glance or two!

UPDATE: Click Here for a $5 coupon for Gnomeo & Juliet!

Janine

Disclosure: I received a review copy at no cost. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.

Monday
Jan032011

The Longshots - a great movie for girls

Sometimes the best movies are the ones you catch on a late Saturday morning, curled up on the sofa, still in your jammies.

This is how I came upon 'The Longshots ' starring Keke Palmer and Ice Cube.

Who knew I'd be a huge Ice Cube fan after this?

'The Longshots ' is based on the true story about the first girl to play in a Pop Warner football playoff game. Keke Palmer plays Jasmine Plummer and spent weeks learning how to throw a football...and throw it well.

Ice Cube plays her uncle who has nothing better to do than keep an eye on Jasmine after school and ends up teaching her how to toss the old pigskin.

There is a LOT more to the story...Jasmine's dad is lame, kids at school are mean, her mom works hard, her uncle cleans himself up. I thought the story developed well, especially for kids. And the characters are believeable, and fun to watch

Why 'The Longshots' works for girls

First, there's the obvious, girls-can-do-anything lesson of course. There was also the popular-kids-can-be-mean-and-suck lesson as Jasmine suffers through being new at school. Watching 'The Longshots' with the twins provided an opportunity to discuss things like popularity and bullying, but also staying true to who you are, and being strong in the face of adversity. Also, I touched on the fact that it's not a bad thing to have some solid guy friends in your life as you get older.

The Mister thinks the biggest lesson to learn watching 'The Longshots' is Football-is-Cool, and I have to say there was a lot of cheering going on in my family room during the movie. And I swear I saw some football throwing later on that day in my backyard but I'm not entirely sure because my vision was blurred by all the clothing changes that also happened. Girls will still be girls...even during football.

What other great movies have you seen for girls?

Janine

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