5 Movies to Watch on Independence Day
This has everything you want in a fun Fourth of July flick. It’s PG-13, and it's a pretty mild movie, so you can watch it with younger kids. It’s hilarious, yet still has moments that are very touching. Plus, there are few things more patriotic than watching Captain America “sock old Adolf on the jaw!”
Another great PG-13 movie to watch with the kids this year! Kids who were born the year this movie came out are 21 now, so I think it is safe to say for kids today, this movie was before their time. That’s part of the fun. You get to share a fun movie you liked when you were younger with your kids. They get to see Will Smith at his best, cracking jokes and punching Aliens in the face. (Arguably equally patriotic as Captain America punching Hitler) Even though this movie is old, it still holds up. The explosions and special effects are excellent. I only wish they could have made an amazing sequel this past year, but alas, they did not.
For those of you looking for something more Rated R and more depressing this is your movie! This movie is 3 hours of terrible, bloody war. That’s right folks, three hours of falling in love with characters only to watch them be shot, or locked in a burning church. Honestly though, this is an excellent movie. It is heart wrenching, but that is war. This is back when Mel Gibson was just a great actor and back when Heath Ledger was still with us. If you haven’t seen this movie, or if it has just been a while, now might be the time to get it off the shelf and dust it off. ;)
This might seem like an odd choice so let me explain. Yes, this movie is about the life of one fictional character. However, as you hear the story of Forrest’s life you also hear the story of America over the years. Some of the historically American things in this movie include Elvis Presley, the Vietnam War, the Black Panthers, the hippy movement and Watergate. This movie is great for some laughs and a few tears too. Bonus: afterwards talk like Forrest with your friends as you shoot off some fireworks.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
I’ll admit it, I hadn’t seen this movie until a couple years ago, but now that I have I am a big fan. This is an old black and white Jimmy Stewart movie. A man appoints Mr. Smith to the United States Senate thinking his naïveté will make him easy to manipulate. However, when Smith realizes the corruption that is taking place he decides to fight it. He takes a stand by staging a filibuster on the senate floor. I realize if you have never seen the movie, that’s not the most exciting description, but trust me, it is exciting. Jimmy Stewart plays a passionate man willing to stand up for what’s right. With all the corrupt politicians in congress today, this is a breath of fresh air. Tip: Some theaters like to have showings of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on the 4th of July, so look for it in theaters near you.