Entertainment Weekly has posted a video of two boys crying their eyes out over the ending of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green?” (Spoiler Alert: It totally tell you what happens!!!)
The new Disney movie is rated a PG.
“Every weekend, parents around the country are faced with deciding if the movies playing at the multiplex are “safe” for their children to watch. Usually, “safe” translates to a G or PG rating. But, as any former child can tell you, some G-and-PG-rated movies geared for children can end up being the most traumatic moviegoing experiences of all.”
“Case in point, this weekend’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green. (Warning: SPOILERS follow, but parents may appreciate the advance warning!) The film follows Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), a married couple struggling to start a family, who one night bury a box in their backyard filled with their dearest hopes and dreams for their imagined child. Soon after, young Timothy Green (CJ Adams) pops up on their doorstep. He’s got leaves growing out of his ankles, and he seems preternaturally capable of fulfilling his adopted parents’ aforementioned dearest hopes and dreams.”
I knew as soon as I saw the trailer that puppy was going to end sadly! You can just tell. I thought it would be kind of like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” I wept through that thing. I also wept through “Titanic.” I was inconsolable for a long time after when the Celine Dion song would come on.
My husband thinks that kids have an expectation that the main character isn’t going to die at the end of a movie. While you worry about Nemo, you know he is going to live! (Now the Lion King’s Dad wasn’t so lucky.)
What family movies are too sad? What family movies unexpectedly upset your kids? Is there value to exposing kids to sad movies?