I am a huge film lover. I watch films like fat kids eat chocolate. And when I was 13, it was no different. Of course, I watched very different films from the Indie/Comedy/Biopic films I like to watch now. I was the girl sitting on the couch watching Disney Channel original movies for 6 hours a day.
I rarely remember the films I watched when I was younger, except for when I’m babysitting. I’m fortunate enough to be babysitting children who like to play, yes, but also love to watch movies. Not my films exactly (as watching half of my favorites could send them to therapy) but the good ol’ Hannah Montana-era films.
In the last two weeks I have watched a vast majority of films that were aimed for the 13-year-old mindset. And if you have a 13-year-old, this list is for you.
1. High School Musical This musical comedy about breaking out of your social groups and doing what you love is extremely cute. I must have watched it a million time when I was 13, getting to a point where even my dad could recite all the lyrics to “Get’cha Head in the Game”.
2. Minute Men A story of three high school Juniors as they discover how to time travel and decide to become nerds best friend, by going back in time and helping them out of embarrassing situations I watched this Friday and kind of liked it, with it’s good intentions and goofy cast.
3. The Karate Kid Not as good as the original, but any kid would enjoy this new take. Jackie Chan, a hero to many little boys, makes the movie worth watching and the moves are quite impressive. If you have a young boy (or even a tomboyish girl) this movie would be a good Saturday watch.
4. Shrek Ogres, princesses, and talking donkeys. If you have a child who has not watched this movie, well, you obviously have not been trolling the movie market hard enough. It’s a fun movie for the family and your 13-year-old will love it.
5. Spy School A cute story about a lying red-haired middle schooler who learns of a plot to kidnap the President’s daughter, while suspecting the wrong guys. Fan favorites Anna Sophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World) star, making it good for even the parents.
6. Camp Rock If your child wants to be a rock star, here you go! A story about standing out, telling the truth, and being proud, this film is an instant kid favorite and definitely makes me laugh. Great for all kids going through that awkward stage.
7. The Spy Next Door Yet another movie with secret identities and weird pets, this film was actually really cute and did address some real world issues. When a spy takes care of his girlfriend’s children…that in itself should catch your attention.
Those are all great films for the 13-year-old generation because they teach the lessons kids need to know (tell the truth, be yourself, stand up for yourself) and tell it in a fun way that catches your attention and teaches you the lesson without you knowing.
Have a fantastic week!