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suitable films for 11&12 year old boys

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minidipper · 18/09/2013 11:31

Want to buy a few dvds for DC but am stuck. I really don't want to push them up into watching 15s much as they want to, but we seem to have seen most of the films made for their age group, or they claim they are too babyish.

Can anyone recommend films that aren't necessarily for children but that they might love at that age. They tend to prefer modern and futuristic things over historical ones (except Monty Python) and they absolutely love comedies.

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lollylaughs · 18/09/2013 11:37

Percy Jackson, Transformers, X-Men. Not sure of the age rating on the latter though.

voddiekeepsmesane · 18/09/2013 22:09

What about the classics like Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, War Games, Goonies, ET. Also National Treasure and the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Golden Compass, Stormbreaker or Johnny English.

soontobeslendergirl · 18/09/2013 23:37

loads of one voddie has listed would have been on my list too - my boys are now 13 and 12 and have watched all those over the last few years. I'd also say that the Lord of the rings are okay too though I think at least one of them is a 15....but then, I am okay with fantasy violence though not violence involving real people.

If you are okay with some 12s, then I have all these on the shelves:

The Vampires assistant
Hot Shots
Son of Rambow
Super 8
Sherlock Holmes
Clash of the titans
Prince of Persia
Jackie Chan and the Kung foo kid
Are we there yet
Uncle Buck
Waynes World
Drillbit taylor - a favourite of theirs
School of Rock
Yes Man
Happy Gilmour - prob their absolute favourite comedy
Also a lot of the Bond movies

They have also got into older TV comedies e.g.
Fawlty Towers

minidipper · 19/09/2013 12:57

These are really great lists. They've watched a lot but not all of them, which suggests they'd like the rest.

They love Outnumbered and Fawlty Towers, as well as Count Arthur Strong. Time to get them watching BlackAdder, I think.

Off to Google Drillbit Taylor and Happy Gilmour as never heard of either of them.

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DioneTheDiabolist · 19/09/2013 12:59

The Princess Bride. Ignore the name, it's the coolest movie ever.

Takver · 20/09/2013 11:48

Watch Blackadder first, minidipper - we got the Regency one out a year or so back, were surprised it was rated 15, then realised why when watching it! Probably ok for a mature 12 y/o (dd would have been 10 back then) but you might want to have a look in advance.

Have they seen the Eragon film - not the best ever but still quite enjoyable.

soontobeslendergirl · 20/09/2013 13:08

My boys got into blackadder through school - they were studying WW1 and the teacher showed them some episodes of Blackadder 4 so they could see what the trenches were like :)

To me, the saucy stuff either goes over their head or they already understand it so it doesn't worry me too much. we did pause a few times to find out if they knew what "being on the game" meant..........they did!

Takver · 20/09/2013 13:56

Agree it is probably fine, as I say dd was younger - but only that the OP mentioned not wanting them to watch so much 15 rated stuff

soontobeslendergirl · 20/09/2013 14:19

Takver :)

I guess we all have our own views on what we find acceptable and I don't let mine routinely watch 15s or over either - I am actually quite strict about it compared to some of their friends parents. i would also add that the more highly rated stuff we do allow, we usually watch with them. I don't personally mind them seeing a bit of violence as long as it involves fantasy figures and not actual humans, I don't like a lot of gratuitous swearing, I don't mind a bit of smut as long as it isn't overly kinky stuff iyswim - just normal relationship type. I don't allow horror as I don't want to have to deal with nightmares :) and I don't like Drugs/Alcohol being featured too heavily unless it is in a negative way. So, for example, while i'd let them watch the Blackadder stuff, I think Ted which they are desperate to watch is not suitable and actually is probably under rated at 15.....but I know loads of their friends have seen it. I've watched it twice btw and found it really funny.......just not suitable for family viewing. :o

You are right to point that out to the OP though as I'd mostly forgotten about those bits :)

3nationsfamily · 20/09/2013 15:14

All the old Bond movies, the mission impossible movies and the Bourne series are all favourites in our house with DS 12.

chocoluvva · 20/09/2013 15:17

Mall Cop? DS and I laughed and laughed through it.

Johnny English? (Rowan Atkinson)

iheartdusty · 20/09/2013 15:29

Son of Rambow definitely;
also Napoleon Dynamite
Scott Pilgrim
Little Miss Sunshine

all loved by DC 9 and 11, all modern indie films. However it is possible that one or more is a 15....

motherstongue · 23/09/2013 07:47

The hunger Games is rated 15 has a dark theme but the violence is mostly implied. Couldn't believe it was rated 15 when later Harry Potter movies were PG.

soontobeslendergirl · 23/09/2013 09:50

motherstongue, are you sure it's a 15? it must have been a 12A at the cinema as I took my 12 and 11 year olds to see it as they'd read the books.

soontobeslendergirl · 23/09/2013 09:53

We watched Ocean's 11 last night and they enjoyed that.

minidipper · 23/09/2013 13:44

Thanks for the list of modern indie films iheart.

DH and I watched a bit of the early Blackadder and did think no, not yet. It was quite erm raucous. But then some of what goes on in Glee makes my hair curl (from the pov of DC watching it - I'm very laid back about what DH and I watch) Maybe the don't need protecting as much as I thought.

Been watching Steamboy and Ghibli films recently but it would be nice to have a change from Manga cartoons.

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mrspremise · 23/09/2013 19:18

Labyrinth Smile

waltzingparrot · 26/09/2013 19:44

Holes was good

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