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A Family Movie Night with Robin Williams
There is so much these days that will not allow families to spend time together. The biggest one in out family is schedules and how they don't always line up together. I know I have had to pull the B shift more than once. This means that the kids are at school before I am up and in bed before I get home. But that is only five out of seven days. There is always the two days I have off that we can do things as a family. And one of my favorites is a movie night.
Its amazing how just sitting around as a family enjoying a movie or two can be fun. I don't just mean watching a movie. But spending time together. Talking about what we are seeing on the screen. Sharing what we feel about those movies. And more important letting different people pick movies so its not just what dad or mom want to see. This was a good thing that I had learned back in college. I was the one in the dorm that ran the Saturday evening move night which also included running the popcorn machine.
But be that as it may I have found several movies staring Robin Williams that could be great for a family to see and talk about. That's right talk about as a family. Share what you think. Did you like the movie? What did you think about a particular actor or actress? How about that music? As you can see a great family night doesn't have to be sitting on the couch stuffing popcorn in your mouths. Just waiting for the credits to finish rolling. There is so much more.
You will notice that the premier choice has two movies included with it. That is because this is the one that we own and watch. Either one would be a wonderful choice to add to your collection but together they are a great pair to enjoy.
The first movie is Patch Adams. Released in 1998 rated PG-13 and runs 115 minutes.
(That is just shy of two hours.) So when was the last time you sat down and watched two movies before doing a write up? That's right before saying anything I wanted a little refresher on these movies. And the first one was Patch Adams. Starting at 5:30 AM. Look I slept in. But who needs sleep before a Robin Williams marathon? Down below you will see the trailer for this movie. In there you will see one of my more favorite scenes. That is the one in the childless ward, the one where he dons the red nose that's shared throughout the movie. Its amazing how one little red ball can make so many smiles. And how one man can affect so many others around him. Remember that this movies based on a true story. That there is a Patch Adams who is a real doctor. One thing to think about as you are passing the popcorn is how Patch Adams tried to keep the humanity in practice. This is not only true for being a doctor but in any profession. People out there want answers but if there is nothing along with those answers then they are just cogs in a big wheel. Think of it this way... If you call a help desk would you rather get a caned answer or would you rather know that the person you are speaking with? A person who cares and wants to help you. I would rather feel the empathy as I have also gotten the cookie cutter questions and answers.
And finally even thought this is a movie about one man going through medical school that is just the basic outline. Its more about the way he worked with those around him. How he inspired those around him. And how they helped inspire him. So my final ward on this movie – Inspirational.
My favorite scene from Patch Adams
My second favorite scene
And of course the Patch Adams Trailer
The second movie is What Dreams May Come. Released in 1998 rated PG-13 with a running time of 113 minutes.
(Another movie just under the two hour mark.) With this movie I would recommend that you preview it first before showing to a younger audience. In fact this may not be your typical type of family movie. Most are set up to be watched and enjoyed with popcorn. This one is not. Where am I going with this you are wondering? This is a great discussion movie. Meaning parents watch it first and take notes. Lots of notes. Then share it with the kids. Just like you, have them take notes and ask questions. You can do this after the movie if you want or have then ask questions during the movie. Just remember that if you do it during the movie you had better be ready for a long evening. Some of the questions that come up could be interesting to say the least. Sorry to not go into details about the movie but like I said this would be a great one for family discussion time. And not being part of your direct family I don't want to take away from that time.
What Dreams May Come - Trailer
Here are a couple more movies to help make your Robin Williams Family Night a bit more enjoyable
Mrs. Doubtfire Released in 1993. Rated PG-13 and has a running time of 125 minute or just over two hours.
What would you go through to keep your family together? Well that's what this movie is about. Its what one man would do to stay with his kids. To keep his family going. Its interesting how far someone would go not to loose his kids. And in this move it was worth every thing the dad played by Robin Williams was willing to go through. Taking the time to learn how to cook and clean. Being able to change and learn what it takes to be a family again. Knowing that there is nothing more importation then those you love. To me this would be a great one to add to your collection. If for nothing else then it is a great example of how far a father is willing to go to protect his family.
Mrs. Doubtfire - Trailer
Bicentennial Man released in 1999. Rated PG with a running time of 132 minutes or just over two hours.
Its amazing how once again family plays in to a movie. Imaging if you will living for 200 years. Watching you family age and pass on while you stay the way you are. Your only goal is to grow old like them and with them. Doing what ever you can to fit in. Not just with your family but with the world around you. That is what this movie is about. Again the main character (Robin Williams) is doing what ever he can to find his place. To become more human and to fit in. As he does so he slowly becomes more and more feeling. Not just emotions but to the touch. This is another great movie for the whole family to enjoy and share with each other. I know my sons and I have watched it and talked about what we were seeing and how it could affect those both in the movie and those watching it.
Bicentennial Man - Trailer
It's not all about the movies. Sometimes you need to have a little fun.
One of the first things I think about in the above Patch Adams movie is the clown nose that he puts on. This is used more than once throughout the movie. So what I am recommending is before you start your Robin Williams family movie night is putting on your clown noses and have fun. That's right have fun. Remember its not just what you see on the screen that can bring a laugh to your family. Its what you do as a family that in the end means the most.