Family movie night — do those words hold any significance for you? I remember when it was a tradition to gather around the one and only television we owned (Who on earth would have more than one?) with my parents and siblings, plus any company or random neighborhood kids that might have wandered in, for the Movie of the Week, which was broadcast on televisions across America. To be fair, that was CLEARLY back in prehistoric times and I realize you wouldn’t dream of parking your kids in front of most of the movies available on television, today, even if you’re sitting right beside them. That’s one of the saddest and most frustrating things about modern “entertainment”. We’ve removed the family element and a lot of the fun and memories that went along with it. I am so excited and grateful that Proctor and Gamble, along with WalMart, is investing time, money and talent to restore “family movie night” to living rooms across the country — to bring us entertaining stories, with interesting, contemporary plots and truly family-friendly language, content and character-building lessons! I ♥ them! I really do — for understanding how important it is for parents and kids to connect over wholesome, fun activities and build strong family ties.
Not only is Game of Your Life family-friendly, it was of particular interest to my gamer-enthusiast son! From the beginning he was willing to sit down and see what it was about, because the topic was something relevant to his life. Thank you to the talent behind the creation of this story for recognizing how critical that is in the process of engaging both kids and their parents! I loved that the story’s hero, Zach Taylor, was smart, worked hard and was willing to sacrifice for his goals. It was excellent to see him struggle with some real-life temptations and confusion, make a few mistakes and then seek the counsel and wisdom of adults he trusted and respected. The good guy is a REAL good guy, the bad guy is a REAL bad guy and the story has the most innocent romance, a crisis and lessons in loyalty, friendship and trust — all portrayed without the benefit of swearing, drinking, drugs, death or promiscuity. Imagine? I laughed — I cried — it moved me, Bob. No really, I ran the full gamut of emotions through this one and couldn’t be more pleased with the way everything worked out. I can’t wait to watch it again with my entire family, when it premieres on NBC, Friday, December 2 at 8/7c!
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.