Movies at Home

Seeing a movie on the big screen is dramatic, certainly much more dramatic than my 19-inch television with conventional sound. But watching at home has some big advantages.
by Jim Fair | Source: Catholic.net
My family usually sees movies for the first time at home, rather than a theater.

Don’t get me wrong. Seeing a movie on the big screen is dramatic, certainly much more dramatic than my 19-inch television with conventional sound. But watching at home has some big advantages:
    We don’t have to rush out to see the latest show, which means that there are some highly touted movies that turn out to be duds that we avoid. (And we discover or rediscover some great oldies.)

    If we think the movie has merit but may have inappropriate parts, the parents can preview it and determine whether it is OK for younger viewers.

    If it turns out that the movie is boring or inappropriate for some family members, we can just turn it off.

    The cost of one movie rental is less than one ticket to a theater.

    For the cost of popcorn at the theater I can make a large bin of popcorn at home.

    We can skip portions of the movie, replay confusing segments or stop and talk about what is going on.

I admit that the home approach may not sound as exciting. From a purely artistic standpoint, the theater wins every time. There are times when we do go to the theater to see something new (twice for The Passion of the Christ, for example). But from a family standpoint, home usually is the better choice for us — and maybe for you.

Jim Fair writes from Chicago, Illinois. His columns also appear in the National Catholic Register.





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