Watching a movie that's a little above your age range as a kid is the most thrilling feeling.
What was the first R-rated movie you saw? In theaters, it was Black Hawk Down for me. But at home, I saw Terminator while my mom was away for work and my dad decided to host a movie night. We watched both Terminators back-to-back, and the next night, we dove into The Godfather. These were formative experiences that got me hooked on movies and that definitely molded me.
While not strictly coming-of-age movies, they helped me come of age as a human being.
Chris Pratt is a Hollywood star, but he also has kids and has entered full "dad mode." On a recent Smartless podcast, he revealed he was taking his nine-year-old camping and had lined up a real movie marathon for the kid. It's a 10-day journey into the wilderness with 10 movies. And I have to say, it sounds like an epically awesome time.
Check out the list below:
1. Rambo: First Blood (Rated R)
2. Dumb and Dumber (PG-13)
3. White Fang (PG)
4. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)
5. Rudy (PG)
6. Toy Soldiers (R)
7. Red Dawn (PG-13)
8. Bloodsport (R)
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (PG-13)
10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)
Of course, information like this comes with drama. There are people on Twitter freaking out that Pratt is going to show a nine-year-old some R-rated movies. And to that, I say... who cares?
And I'll add, get over it! Movies are amazing experiences no matter what age. And parents have every right to make the decisions about what's suitable for their kids.
There's almost some real thought to this lineup. There are thrills, laughs, and even a few foreign movies thrown in there. I think that kid will love it. Movies are an incredible gateway to the world. You can see different cultures, learn different lessons, and embrace your imagination. It's so important to watch stuff from different eras, too, because it will increase your appreciation of movies across the spectrum. Lastly, I love the idea of using cinema as a bonding experience. I know that was formative for me, and it's fun to see that being passed down now.
What movies would you program as essential for your young ones? Let us know.