need ideas for movies for 12 yo girl

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  1. sarahbhb

    sarahbhb Happy Anniversary babe! Now, pack up!

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    We've started having more family movies nights and I'm looking for some ideas.

    Last night we watched Men in Black. Earlier this week we watched Gremlins.
    She loves Goonies, The Princess Bride and Labyrinth.

    We've also watched Ghostbusters, The Hobbit, LOTR, and episodes IV-VI of the Star Wars trilogy and a lot of the superhero type movies (Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Transformers).

    She was a lot more scared by Gremlins than LOTR (go figure). I'm guessing Poltergeist is out..lol (even though I was her age when I watched it the first time).

    Oh, and age appropriate documentaries would be good too. A lot of our TV viewing is documentaries (how the states got their shapes, mythbusters, nova, etc) but I think the only movie documentaries she's seen have been the few we saw years ago at the Omnimax and March of the Penguins.

    She loves fantasy and science fiction and anything to do with animals.

    Here are a few movies I know we've talked about watching.

    Star Trek (probably starting with Star Trek 2)
    The Neverending Story
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    The Avengers

    So what am I missing...so many things out there seem either a little too young or too old for her. I'm hoping y'all will have some great suggestions.
     
  2. staciahall

    staciahall Quidditch, anyone?

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    The Jurassic Park series?
     
  3. Karen

    Karen Wiggle it, just a little bit!

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    Check out Common Sense Media. I really heavily on them for reviewing movies before I let my boys watch them (ages 7 and 9). They have several Best Movie Lists based on age. They have one for preteens (9-11) and one for teens (12-14):

    http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-lists
     
  4. Roboliver

    Roboliver I feel right at home at the Glitter Gulch!

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    Secret Garden NEVER gets old! What about National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor. Love that one! The Justin Bieber documentary. Bwaa haa haaa!
     
  5. cherpea

    cherpea Well-Known Member

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    International Velvet too... I remember watching that at a similar age...

    Shannon... Justin Bieber for a family movie night? arrrggghhhh could be classed as cruel and unusual punishment! Well for the parents anyways...

    Karen checking out that site you mentioned now... could be a huge help here too!
     
  6. Tree City

    Tree City Get a stepladder, I'm busy

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    at about 10 my brother watched Arachnophobia and loved it. (BTW, Gremlins totally freaked me out, too when I was a pre-teen/teen!) It's a PG-13 movie but he was old enough to work the VCR rotfl. Anyway, that's an idea for a "scary" movie, I guess.

    Umm, anyway, let's see...
    Jane Goodall's docs on Chimpanzees might be good for her
    Monster House
    ParaNorman
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Beetlejuice (my brother and I loved that movie!)
    Matilda (she should read the book, too, if she hasn't. LOVED it when I was a kid! :) )
    the How It's Made show
    Gilmore Girls series
    Bedknobs and Broomsticks
    the old Muppets movies have lots of silly jokes for older kids
    Edward Scissorhands
    Ghostbusters
    Glory (not a doc., and it's rated R, but it's a great way to introduce/reinforce history and maybe a jumping-off point for you guys to discuss some political issues)
    The Goonies
    The Great Outdoors with John Candy and Dan Ackroyd
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Indiana Jones
    Steel Magnolias
    What About Bob?
    Beaches (can't remember how old I was when I first saw it, but I BAWLED!)
    Waking Ned Devine
    Mr. Mom
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Timeline
     
  7. Roboliver

    Roboliver I feel right at home at the Glitter Gulch!

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    Ooooo treecity you picked out some GREAT ones. I may have to rent some of these myself!

    LOL, cherpea, didn't think about the fact that it's a FAMILY movie night. Bieber would be punishment for grown ups! Ha!
     
  8. nisafiin

    nisafiin nisafiin

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    The Princess Bride.
    forever and ever.
     
  9. Lynnette

    Lynnette In my life, I've loved them all

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    What about Napoleon dynamite and nacho libre? If you like that kind of humor... We sure do! Also faves from my childhood included clue, willow, and cool runnings.
     
  10. javamonster

    javamonster Rwaarrr!

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    Whale rider
    Monsters Inc (I really do love Pixar movies, but it's obvious they prefer not to feature female characters *doing* things)
    Anything by Hayao Miyazaki, including Nausicaa, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service********!!!!!!!! MUST WATCH!!!! Castle of Cagliostro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, etc. Virtually all of his films star female characters AND involve positive or complex themes that can generate a lot of conversation.
     
  11. charmedeebob

    charmedeebob Heather's Team

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    Soul Surfer. Very inspirational movie.
     
  12. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

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    Hotel for dogs
     
  13. javamonster

    javamonster Rwaarrr!

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    Cats vs Dogs. Or is it Dogs vs Cats? Cute movie starring a beagle.

    And the Spy Kid movies! They're so much fun!
     
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  14. sarahbhb

    sarahbhb Happy Anniversary babe! Now, pack up!

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    Thanks for the great suggestions everyone.

    Nissa, The Princess Bride is our favorite around here, it's been watched many many times.

    and LOL @ Shannon. Luckily she's not a Beiber fan so I won't have to sit through that one.

    I'm thinking she might really enjoy the Indiana Jones movies (thanks Sara!)

    Loving that I have all these movies to add to the list!
     
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