With all the hype about the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we at Care.com had to ask: will you go as a date night or as a family? Two staff members have different points of view. What are your thoughts?
Date Night only says Saurin, huge fan of Stars Wars and J.J. Abrams, and Dad to seven and two-year old daughters.
Let’s be honest, if this movie was meant for kids -- it wouldn’t be meant for me. My seven-year-old daughter would love Jar Jar and the Ewoks, but the intricacies of the plot should be completely over her head. Because it’s an adult movie. Sure, kids love it, but how many times did we have to see it before we fully understood? And honestly, I want to focus on the movie. I want to sit in a theater with my wife, get fully entranced in the visual effects and minute details, and not have anything break my concentration.
No potty breaks.
No popcorn battles.
The other thing is that we don’t know how gory it will be. It’s going to be rated PG or PG-13. And there is a part of me that wonders whether we’ll find Jar Jar’s body in the desert of Tatooine or if Jar Jar becomes a Sith Lord (that would be the ultimate plot twist).
There will be a day when I introduce my daughters to Star Wars. I would love if my girls grow up loving Star Wars as much as I do. Until then, there are plenty other movies I can turn into a family event. This space opera is not one of them.
Star Wars will make a perfect date night with my wife. This is exactly what babysitters are for!
A Great Family Moment
If deemed “not too scary," Josh can’t wait to share this amazing in-theater experience with his six-year-old Vader fan.
My spouse and I are big Star Wars fans, and we've been looking forward to showing our kids (six and three) these cornerstones of Sci-Fi movie fandom. We especially wanted the six-year-old to see them before her friends gave away the big surprise in Episode V. We weren't sure if she was ready for some of the scarier bits, but we talked with her about it, and she was more interested than apprehensive, so we gave it a try.
She loved it -- so much so that she went as Darth Vader this Halloween (with her three-year-olde brother as Luke). She's now seen Episodes IV, V, I, and II, and is eager to see III and then VI (we read this was a great order for kids to understand).
We haven’t told our daughter that Episode VII is coming out. Our current plan is to send a parent to see it first, so we can see how the tone compares to the first six. If it's similar, we'll surely take her to see it – and let her have the full theater effect.
And if a friend sees it and says “it's totally kid-friendly and not edgy at all" we’ll go as a whole family.
What do you think? Will you be going as a family – or making this parents-only?
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