So of course, I was incredibly happy to learn about Family Movie Night. This is a series of TRULY family friendly movies that are aired on NBC. When I say family friendly, I mean it! There is absolutely no foul language, no innuendo, no nudity, alcohol use or drugs...These movies have very positive messages and offer many teachable moments and can open up the doors to conversation with your kids.
I was lucky enough to view their newest addition to this series, Field Of Vision. This movie premieres this Saturday, June 11th at 8:00PM ET/7:00 CT on NBC. We watched this movie together as a family. The babies were sleeping, so Dan and I sat down with our 11 year old son and were able to enjoy the film interruption free! (Yay!) I was able to plug my laptop into our 46 inch widescreen TV which was very convenient. No huddling around the computer screen here! Here's a little information regarding the plot of this movie, as well as a trailer for the film:
Through mysterious footage captured on an old malfunctioning video camera, Sinclair High School’s star quarterback, Tyler McFarland, learns that some of his teammates have been bullying Corey Kimball, a troubled new transfer student. Aware that sharing this information with the coach might get his friends kicked off the team and ultimately cost the school the state championship, Tyler must choose what’s more important: winning or doing what’s right.
We LOVED this movie. All 3 of us! Even my husband, who "only enjoys movies that has sh*t blowing up" thought this movie was fantastic. It has a similar feel to 'The Blind Side' or 'Touched By An Angel', sans angels, of course. It was a feel good movie with some very important messages about love, teamwork, doing what's right, and finding your way.
This movie also hit pretty close to home. In the film, the new kid, Corey Kimball, is mercilessly bullied by a couple of the athletes on the football team. My 11 year old suffers from bullying because he is viewed as being "different" by some of his classmates. This movie made my son feel better, since it had a very strong anti-bullying message and encourages kids to stand up against it and always do the right thing, even if that choice may not be the popular one among their peers. This message is so important nowadays, especially with peer pressure being as prevalent in our society as it is.
I don't want to give away too much of the story, because I'd love for you to see it for yourselves, but here are some key points addressing why this movie is a Family Must See, in my humble opinion:
- My macho husband who loves your typical guy movies like The Expendables (cringes) actually LIKED this movie. A lot. That should say something!
- Field Of Vision offers many teachable moments about topics including loss, loneliness and isolation, bullying, hope, and the importance of kindness, of never giving up, and of finding your way.
- This movie has a fantastic story that anyone would be able to relate to. My son HATES sports, but he LOVED this movie...Even though a good portion of it takes place on the Sinclair High School football field. For MY son to sit through a sports related movie, and to absolutely absorbed in it? Now that just never happens!
- I am a sap. I fully admit it. This movie made me cry 6 separate times. I was so incredibly drawn to the colorful characters in this film that when they hurt, I hurt with them...I cried out of sadness and I cried when things were heartwarming. This movie gets 2 tissue boxes WAY up from me! In a good way, of course!
- This gives families a reason to unite and spend time together. It's so easy to get wrapped up in our busy lives at times. It's still crucial for families to maintain closeness, and sitting down for any of the Family Movie Night features allows them to do just that!
- There is absolutely NO objectionable material in the movie. At all. I DARE you to find me something that's not appropriate for kids. You won't be able to! Even Tyler's relationship with his (assumed) love interest, Chrissy, is toned down. Not even a kiss, people...That's right! Little kids won't be yelling about potential cootie contamination while watching this movie!
- It's free. I know that sounds like a silly reason to watch, but since it's being aired on NBC, which is a regular broadcast station, anyone with a TV can watch it. Who needs cable or On Demand?
- This story will just plain make you feel good. Isn't that alone reason enough to tune in?
HOW TO CONNECT:
You can learn more about this and the other great Family Movie Night features brought to you by P&G and Walmart by visiting the official Family Movie Night website.
You can also visit their Facebook page to get exclusive sneak peeks at things they have in the works and to chat it up with other fans!
***Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate***