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Great Movie Picks for Youth Group Events - Page 2

Appropriate Films that Christian Teens Will Actually Like



Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Peter Parker is a mild-mannered student who is bitten by a genetically-altered spider. He gains super-human strength and spider-like abilities such as clinging to walls and creating webs. He decides to use his abilities to fight crime, and soon comes face to face with the evil Green Goblin.

Why It Works: Spider-man tells the story of a teenager coming of age. He is faced with parental relationship issues, from which many lessons can be gleaned. Also, he struggles with how to be good, jealousy, anger, and normal human emotions. Despite his superhuman strength, Christian teens will be able to relate to the underlying themes in the movie.

Take Into Consideration: There is a strong and somewhat violent depiction of evil in this movie. Some Christians have also taken issue with a few profanities and a scene where Kirsten Dunst has on a wet t-shirt in the rain (which somewhat exposes her breasts).

Napoleon Dynamite

Rating: PG

Synopsis: Napoleon Dynamite makes it "chic to be geek." The movie is about a socially inept high-schooler named Napoleon who is just trying to maneuver through the ever complex world of high school. However, instead of making a slick film, "Napoleon" uses quirky characters and odd humor to create a new and honest coming-of-age comedy.

Why It Works: Napoleon is so geeky and like-able. There are plenty of catch phrases, which teens love to emulate. Most teens can relate to feeling like an outcast. The ending is uplifiting and you would be hard pressed to find someone that doesn't laugh at something in this film.

Take Into Consideration: While there is no profanity or violence in this movie, there is an underlying current of dysfunction in Napoleon's story. Also, there is a character that seems to be a little "creepy" that some Christians have found offensive.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Rating: G

Synopsis: Charlie comes from a very poor family, not even making ends meet. They live in a small home where the grandparents share a large bed in the middle of the living room. Then one day Charlie gets one of five Golden Tickets to visit the elusive Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Once inside the other children go on an adventure filled with Oompa Loompa's and odd ways to make the delicious candy.

Why It Works: Yes, it is a children's movie, but try to find a Christian teen that doesn't just love the original film adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." While the new version may have the benefit of special effects, this version is much more positive and enlightening. It also teaches lessons such as selflessness, charity, and love.

Take Into Consideration: Most Christians do not have issues with "Willy Wonka." It has no profanity or allusion to sex or drugs. Due to the 1970's special effects, the images are almost laughable to teens that are so used to FX miracles like "Lord of the Rings" and "Pirates of the Caribbean."
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