What movies will win the Oscar?
When we were growing up in the very small town of Gilroy, CA, a frequent Saturday treat was to take in an afternoon movie. Our parents would drop us off at the Strand Theater downtown where for 25 cents we could see the latest Disney film. My two favorites to this day were The Love Bug and The Incredible My Limpit with the ever lovable Mr. Don Knotts.
I still like to go to the movies and this year I saw two that are very appropriate for older tweens. To my delight, both received several Academy Award nominations for the picture and the actors. The Help is the first movie I would recommend. I had already read the book by Kathryn Stockett and enjoyed the movie thoroughly. The story of African American maids in the 1960’s South who come together for a writing project organized by a white college graduate whose own family maid had been forced to leave the family leaves movie goers with a strong sense of the importance of human dignity. These maids raised the white children, changing their diapers, taking care of them when they were sick, witnessing their first day of school, their first dates and most likely helping the girls with their first period. Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, we learn about the individual stories that spurred the movement for equal treatment for African Americans in this country.
And the second movie is The Descendants, a story of a father trying to connect with his two daughters while his wife lays dying from a tragic boat accident. The youngest daughter is going through typical pre-teen stuff – teasing other girls, making fun of her older sister – while the older daughter tries to forgive her mother for having an affair. Both girls only want guidance from their dad as they go through the loss of their mother. And in the end, we learn that what matters is family ties and being there for each other during life’s adversities. So take the kids to the movies on a Saturday afternoon and let us know your favorites.