Such are the dilemmas of parenthood: You’re standing in the DVD store praying your offspring won’t want to rent Alvin And The Chipmunks for the 20th time. Your 10-year-old begs to watch the latest action adventure flick but it’s a 12 certificate, so you want to know whether he’s going to be petrified… or bored. And that’s where Movies4Kids comes in.
Movies4Kids.co.uk is a movie review website like no other. Packed with hundreds of reviews of children’s movies, family films and blockbusters, it’s aimed at grown-ups and kids looking for the perfect movie to spice up the summer holidays or perk up a wet Sunday afternoon.
With a database of over 1000 reviews of classic, little known and hugely popular films, from Aladdin to Zathura, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to High School Musical, each insightful review also features a list of scary moments, so you can make an informed decision as to whether a movie is suitable for your child (yes, if your child is upset easily, possibly seeing Nemo’s mum and siblings get eaten before the opening credits of Finding Nemo may not be a wise idea).
Each review is accompanied by links to five other films you may like that are along the same lines, a valuable aid next time you’re working out that Lovefilm list or standing in the kids’ section of Blockbuster.
Each week, the homepage will feature reviews of all the child-friendly movies currently on release in cinemas, as well as a pick of the new DVD releases and a movie on TV that’s worth setting the Sky+ for.
Hopefully my reviews will be a useful guide, reminding you of films you’d want your own kids to see and introducing you to new ones you’ll all love. After all, movies can make you laugh, make you cry, or even make you hide behind the sofa. They can be educational and inspirational. And best of all, they can be fun. Happy viewing!