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Finding wholesome, uplifting movies can be a daunting task — especially when Hollywood's values are so far from the Church's. 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families offers a broad selection of edifying options for your family's next movie night. With content reviews, gospel parallels, and easy-to-use indexes, this guide is sure to have something for everyone.
- Published: September 2013
- Pages: 256
- Size: 6" x 9"
About the Author
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist, columnist for Meridian Magazine, and co-host of The KJZZ Movie Show on KJZZ-TV in Utah. He also writes Hollywood film reviews from a Latter-day Saint perspective at mormonmovieguy.com. Jonathan was born and raised in Arizona and served a full-time mission to Chile. While earning a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University he wrote and performed with the popular humor group Divine Comedy. Jonathan earned a master’s degree in marriage and family from Auburn University. He lives with his wife and children in St. George, UT.
Help in choosing good family movies
by Larry - reviewed on August 14, 2013
A great book to help families find movies that are uplifting, enriching, and in line with gospel standards. That can be hard nowadays since the values in Hollywood are becoming more and more secular. But there are still great movies that can be not only entertaining, but also can be used to teach good values to your family. This book is a good guide to help with that.
Perfect book to help youth keep their media standards high
by Summer - reviewed on August 29, 2013
I just went to my daughter's Standards Night for mutual and we were able to talk about the importance of raising our standards, especially in today's world. The youth need good choices in media to help them keep their standards high...as do parents. This book offers so many choices of movies for all types. I love that there are scriptural references and topics to discuss with the kids. I remember being in seminary and my seminary teachers would show clips of Disney cartoons to teach a lesson...this book has the same concept of learning and it's a great way to get the family talking and learning together. Well done Jonathan Decker!
by Heidi - reviewed on September 17, 2013
Finding a film worth watching is a challenge for me these days. I generally prefer a good book. Especially since a lot of the time movies have stuff in them that I don't want to see. I like to be warned beforehand of this sort of thing. So I was interested when I heard about this book. Decker clearly explains his reasons for the book and how he has put together his reviews. He highlights three areas for each movie: artistic merit, content overviews, and messages to discuss. Artistic merit is pretty self-explanatory, some movies are just poorly done period. I especially appreciated the author's discussion of content and why he has included what he has despite some issues and what he has excluded and why. This sort of thing helps me determine what I am comfortable watching. At this point he also discusses LDS church standards and quotes several general authorities statements about media and its value as well as dangers. He makes clear that his comments on the movies are his own and leaves the reader free to make up his/her own mind. I liked this because after all, even with the same standards, we all still have different opinions about what we like and don't like and what is appropriate for children. The book includes reviews of 250 great movies, both old and new. Some examples include: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Megamind, Sense & Sensibility, Lord of the Rings, Winnie the Pooh, and many more. While the movies are listed alphabetically, there are two indexes listing the included titles by genre, then by related gospel topics. A great resource for those like me who want more information before picking a movie to see. For reviews of more current movies see the authors website.
by Shauna - reviewed on September 05, 2013
How do you find good entertainment? This book is a WONDERFUL tool to help with that! Filled with 250 GOOD, CLEAN, FUN movie titles...you will find plenty to watch by yourself or with your family. Each movie title includes: Movie Description (including rating and date); Content Overview; and Messages to Discuss (including scriptural references that relate). Here is a very, very small and highly abbreviated sampling of that the book offers: 17 Miracles (PG, 2011) Description: Moving account of the Willie-Martin handcart companies Content Overview: There is plenty of suffering. It is intense, but historically accurate. Messages to Discuss: The tender mercies of the Lord (1 Nephi 1:20) The Avengers (PG-13, 2012) Description: Witty Screenplay, charismatic performances, and wall-to-wall action. Content Overview: Plentiful action violence and destruction, mild language, and mild drug reference. Messages to Discuss: Strength comes from overcoming selfishness and pride to achieve unity (D&C 38:27) Cars (G, 2006) Description: A warm and worthwhile tale of an arrogant hotshot race-car who learns humility. Content Overview: No foul language or sexuality. Messages to Discuss: We are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Galatians 5:14) I am HIGHLY impressed with this book and believe that EVERY FAMILY should own a copy of this book and use it frequently to not only find good entertainment, but to find the good in the entertainment!
Great resource for families who want to enjoy a night at the movies together at home!
by Natalia - reviewed on August 14, 2013
I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of this book and really enjoyed the films included. I had not seen many of recommended movies but since reading "250 Great Movies for LDS Families," my husband and young daughters and I have plugged away at what we've been missing and really enjoyed our family nights together. I am excited to use the gospel topics index included when my girls are a little older and may have questions about certain doctrine. While it's not the final say on films for you and your family, I really appreciate the frame of mind it has given me when selecting what media to expose my own young children to.
Great resource for FHE, date night or evening with the fam!
by Customer - reviewed on August 14, 2013
Each family friendly movie coincides with the standards for media laid out in the strength of youth pamphlet. More than that though there are discussion guides, along with scriptures and quotes from latter-day prophets regarding the theme of each movie. Looking for a movie on charity, repentance, honesty, chastity or forgiveness? Just flip to the index by topic and take your pick. Definitely a resource for every latter-day home!
Awesome book that makes choosing films to watch with your family that much easier!
by Thomas - reviewed on August 15, 2013
With so many movies coming out these days, and with Hollywood's standards declining, this book helps LDS moviegoers and families find films that can uplift and keep within the standards of the gospel. The great thing about this book is that not only does it give great suggestions of good movies, and the content, but it also provides gospel messages to discuss with each film. I look forward to now not only being entertained by watching a movie, but also being able to find gospel themes and discussing them with my family.