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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Everyone's Hero

And Why Kids are awesome...

I'm usually fairly careful about what my kids see (or not see) when watching a movie. Generally, the highest ever rating is PG, though I usually watch PG rated movies first before deciding if it's okay.

I'm usually pretty surprised at the amount of "kids" movies, namely animated or cartoon, that are PG and I wonder, is it really not possible, are people not creative enough to write a movie for kids that can be rated G and still be a good story? From the looks of it, it must be difficult, at least.

Last night I rented Everyone's Hero and I enthusiastically gave it two thumbs up!

The movie is rated G, yet it had action, adventure, and captured my children's attention and they loved it! I loved the movie myself; the main character's dad, who is a janitor for the Babe's home stadium, is fired because Babe Ruth's precious bat is stolen on his shift, but the little boy goes on a mission to find the stolen bat and return it to Babe Ruth and hopefully get his dad his job back. It's a wonderful movie about doing the right thing for the right reason. The movie, though, is for little kids, not for teenagers. It's a movie about simpler times and different morals and for those used to watching "Lord of the Rings" type movies, they may be bored.

Christopher Reeve, the best Superman ever, was the first director, but he passed away before it was completed so two other guys finished directing it.

So why are kids awesome? Read over this collection of Goodies:

1) NUDITY I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

2) OPINIONS On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents"

3) KETCHUP A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."

4) MORE NUDITY A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

5) POLICE # 1 While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?" "Yes," I answered and continued writing the report. "My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?" "Yes, that's right," I told her. "Well, then," she said as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please tie my shoe?"

6) POLICE # 2 It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

7) ELDERLY While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

8) DRESS-UP A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit." "And why not, darling?" "You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.

9) DEATH While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always sang: "Glory be to the Faaather, and to the Sonnn, and into the hole he goes."

10) SCHOOL A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"

11) BIBLE A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered , "I think it's Adam's underwear."


Pinky said...

It is hard to find movies that are acceptable for kids. They have so much grown-up stuff in it and I'm glad you said this was a good one.

LOVED the funnies because you never know what children will see and how they will say it.

HUGS and I hope you are well!!

HMBT said...

HA! Thanks for the laughs. Glad to see you around again. :)

FelineFrisky said...

I laughed SO hard at these kiddie responses! I was banging the desk top! LMAO!!! LOVE 'em

(the toothfairy won't believe this!, into the hole he goes, tie my shoe, no seatbelt, never seen a little boy before!) HA HA HA!!!

thanks for the haha's! D :)

RedNeckGirl said...

OMG.....I laughed so hard on those! I needed that! Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

Pavel said...

Pinky: Little Pinky will love this movie, no doubt! I bet you can't wait to go to Canada!

hmbt: Sorry about the delay... Between the divorce and studying for my next Microsoft Exam, I've had a hard time finding time.

ff: Glad you enjoyed them! My kids surprise me with gems like this all the time...

RG: Good to see you!!! Glad you smiled!

Spider63 said...

Thanks for the moments of humor, I enjoyed reading them.

Diesel said...

I'll have to check out that movie. Sounds like something my kids would like.

Come play in my caption contest!

Pavel said...

Spider: Thanks for visiting! Glad you like the humour...

Diesel: Great contest! I left two suggestions...