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'older' movies/tv suggestions for grump bound tween.

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SantanaBinLorry Sat 14-Nov-20 12:18:58

My 12yr old is on a week long tech ban. He's dealt with it in fairly good faith so far. But the weekend is here now and I can sence a big grump approaching!
His youger bro is out with Cubs this afternoon and I'd like to hang out with him and watch something a bit more grown up that he would get to watch with his younger bro around.
He's fairly robust and and can get complex stuff. But we normally stick to 12 and or PG and not really ventured to 15 stuff.
Any suggestions please?
We started Stranger Things a while back, but he lost interest. And I MADE him watch Stand by Me a few weeks ago, that he actually really enjoyed. So a shorter series of films maybe? I'm overwhelmed with choice and stumped.

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RosieLemonade Sat 14-Nov-20 13:05:15

Indiana Jones?
Pirates of the Caribbean?

MegBusset Sat 14-Nov-20 13:08:20

The Goonies
Jumanji (the original or remake)
Mine also love terrible comedies like Pixels, Big Daddy, Daddy's Home - anything with Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell
They're also keen on Arnie films - Kindergarten Cop, Twins etc

MegBusset Sat 14-Nov-20 13:09:22

Their absolute favourite thing to watch, though, is Trigger Happy TV (you can watch on the Channel 4 catch up channel).

SantanaBinLorry Sat 14-Nov-20 13:21:17

Cheers... seen most of those. Not done Arnie films though... have they aged well? I'd have to grit my teeth through Sandler/Ferrell grin
He'd totally love it if i suggested some kind of random Anime...but Im not doing that!

Trigger Happy TV would be a go-er I reckon.

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Takethewinefromtheswine Sat 14-Nov-20 13:23:57

Has he seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off?

Needhelp101 Sat 14-Nov-20 13:41:13

Second Jumanjis, the newish one is great, very funny (and oddly moving in parts).

The Kid Who Would be King is also fab.

Back to the Future, obviously 😁

idlevice Sat 14-Nov-20 13:47:30

My 12yr old DS is enjoying Derren Brown. Sort of high brow pranking. Lots on All 4 catch up, from series of 30min episodes to longer specials.

Also done recently Lost in Space series (one of the streaming series), recent Dr Who, all of Monty Python & Ghosts on BBC by the Horrible Histories people. Look on commonsensemedia website for film recommendations: they rate by age from parents' & kids' perspective. Interstellar is next on our list but is 2hrs long!!

funtimefrank Sat 14-Nov-20 13:54:38

Dds and I did indiana Jones the other weekend.

Oh! Weekend at Bernies. That went down very well.

I check on common sense media and mild language they hear at school and sexual inference is ok as that usually goes over their heads.

FlemCandango Sat 14-Nov-20 14:07:20

Try 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'

PaperTowels Sat 14-Nov-20 14:08:51


SantanaBinLorry Sat 14-Nov-20 14:28:16

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Weekend at Bernies shock - I think I need to give these a watch first... I imagine they are riddled with sexism? I tend to ruin things for my family, heavily pointing out outdated attitudes etc - kinds ruins it for them grin

Hunt for the Widerbeast on the list, cheers.
Will check out Derren Brown - he likes Dynamo.

Currently on Big Bang Theory marathon...(the sexism/issues are a little easier to deal with in this, the idiots are ridiculed rather than admired)

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chubbyspice Sat 14-Nov-20 14:36:29

Gravity, Hunt for Red October, The Martian
Saving Private Ryan might be too gory

MildDrPepperAddiction Sat 14-Nov-20 14:37:09

Check out common sense media. They have reviews of films where you can decide if it's suitable for your child and also have lost of movies for certain ages.

Helmetbymidnight Sat 14-Nov-20 14:38:34

have you watched british tv show ghosts? we loved it.
and cobra-kai?

Helmetbymidnight Sat 14-Nov-20 14:39:58

we watched Speed recently- massive hit with the kids hmm

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 14-Nov-20 14:43:26

The Full Monty
Brassed Off
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is an absolute classic. DS loves it.

Violetparis Sat 14-Nov-20 14:46:47


formerbabe Sat 14-Nov-20 14:49:40

Mrs Doubtfire

Olujan Sat 14-Nov-20 14:51:05

The Time Bandits

FixItUpChappie Sat 14-Nov-20 15:00:48

I agree with the poster above - The Martian is fabulous.

Apollo 13
The Abyss
Lord of the Rings

SantanaBinLorry Sat 14-Nov-20 15:03:55

yeah, I check out CSM, but had just hit a wall and need some suggestions.

Some great idea here. He'd love Jaws (suitable for a sturdy 9yr old?). He could defo hack the gore of Saving Private Ryan and has enjoyed the books about war he had read.

I like the idea of doing some british films. We are going to watch Kes together at some point - one of my absolute faves!

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SantanaBinLorry Sat 14-Nov-20 15:06:25

OMG The Time Bandits - how could i forget that. remeber going to see it at the cinema!

Will note:
The Martian
The Abyss
and Apollo 13 - he defo wouldnt expect me to suggest anything like that.

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Beamur Sat 14-Nov-20 15:07:46

Some great ideas.
We love Ghosts
Jumanji & sequel are fab
Not sure if the IT crowd is a 15, but that's funny

Horsemad Sat 14-Nov-20 15:19:52

Has he ever seen I Robot?

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