Annie, Into the Woods, & Night at the Museum 3 :: Family Movie Moms {Ep 53}

Jan 2, 2015

So how’d your Christmas go?

We had a wonderful morning just the 6 of us at home for the first time. Joy.

The day after Christmas we left town to be with my family in North Carolina. Can I just say. . .that’s beautiful country. My brother’s home is up in the mountains and every morning I woke up with the same shock & awe.

With days and days of no school/work commitments, we’ve made the time to watch a few movies. So has my friend, Amanda White. . .

Amanda & I decided to record a New Year’s episode to help your family pick which of these PG movie(s) you could see this weekend.

(Because one of these films is definitely NOT for young children). 

Happy New Year & Happy Listening!

What we talk about:

  • Our favorite Christmas movies (see show notes)
  • Amanda’s shocked response to “Into the Woods” and her important WARNING to parents.
  • What happens 3/4rds of the way through the movie.
  • How she loved the songs, the creativity, the costumes. . .but the ending ruined it for her.
  • AND her fear parents will think it’s a movie for little kids.
  • Amanda’s thoughts on how Hollywood keeps re-making classics.
  • What scary/naughty parts are missing from the new Annie movie.
  • Warning to parents of adoptive/foster parents.
  • Why Annie got bad reviews from movie critics & what made this version better than the older version
  • Heather’s favorite song sequence–about people changing
  • Warning–Miss Hannigan scenes may be a little frightening.
  • A little cheesy but leaves you with a happy feeling.
  • If you’re a fan of the Night Museum movies, then you’ll like the 3rd one.
  • Weird/silly scene between the security guard and caveman.
  • Conversation of whether Ben Stiller should let his son choose to skip going to college to be a DJ in Spain.
  • The one thing Heather liked (being a boy mom) in the movie–a boy becoming a man–her favorite character, Sir Lancelot.
  • The tangent we go on about children living at home with their parents & prolonged adolescence.
  • God’s will is not for your dream to come to . . . it’s to follow God’s plan, not your comfort.
  • Amanda’s trip to the mall and her thoughts from the American Girl Store.
  • Two characters who passed away before Night at the Museum released. . .poignancy of Robin William’s last line.
  • Forgot to mention in the podcast my boys were scared near the end of the movie of when the Egyptian prince’s skin starts changing/decaying. . .a little creepy.

Show Notes:

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Which movies have you seen? Any thoughts/reviews to add below?

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  1. godsactor12

    Meryl Streep was the witch in Into the Woods, not Glenn Close.

    • ohamanda

      AH! You get the wrong person’s name stuck in your head and it never gets out! Thanks!

  2. godsactor12

    Please don’t condemn people who have to live with their parents. Some people are doing that because the economy is very bad right now. So, please think before you pass judgement.

  3. Constance

    Great reviews – thank you so much. Our family checks out movies before we go to them through, by Focus On The Family. It’s so easy to find ourselves at really bad movies with our kids if we just depend upon the rating – for sure!! 🙂 Thank you again!


  4. ohamanda

    I talked to a girl at church this week and she said she HAD seen the play and was excited to bring her kids to the movie but was SHOCKED when she saw it. Her kids were like 8 & 6 so she said they were already kinda checked out of the movie but she was bummed b/c like we said, the advertising and rating suggests its a KID FRIENDLY movie.



  5. Little Kristy

    I really enjoyed your podcast! 🙂 Both my husband and myself play video games, but I do see the point you were trying to make. Also, I have a sister who still lives with my parents and she is a single woman with a full time job. She is helping with bills and chores. With the economy as it is it is hard for some to be on their own and my parents enjoy having her their. I do agree that there are some who live with their parents because they don’t want to work. However, not all who live with their parents are bums and not all who play video games are lazy.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      thanks kristy! And great points! I think sometimes in order to make a point you have to talk about the extremes and not the exceptions. Of course, there were years before kids when my husband and I and another couple got together every weekend to play xbox. . .for hours! I think Amanda and I were addressing a cultural shift with younger boys who want to get rich quick without much effort. Obviously your sister doesn’t fall into that category. Why is it that having a single daughter live with her parents seems like sound idea but for a single son it seems like he is irresponsible? hmmm…questioning my own biases. thanks for commenting! looking forward to getting to know you more.

  6. Christie Elkins

    Great discussion ladies, as per usual 🙂 We are HUGE fans of the Night at the Museum franchise, so we cannot wait to see #3! And thanks for the warning on “Into the Woods”. I debated taking Eden to see it (she’s 7) as a “girl night” but nope. No way now. Love y’all!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      thanks chica! so glad you enjoyed it and it saved you from seeing a not-so-great movie with your precious Eden!! thanks again for your support. muah!


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