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Media Madness...May, 2010

This post is designed to help educate parents and isn’t meant to endorse any movie, music, or product.  Our prayer is that you’ll make informed decisions about what your children watch, listen to, and play.     What’s Playing at the Movies    Movie: The Karate Kid (June 18) Genre: Family drama, action Rating: PG (for bullying, martial-arts action violence, and some mild language) Cast: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson Synopsis: In this remake of the 1984 film, 12-year-old Dre has to leave Detroit for China because of his single mother’s job. Dre is smitten by a female classmate, but cultural differences stand in the way. He also becomes the target of the school bully. A maintenance man teaches Dre kung fu, which helps him mature and makes life in his new surroundings more bearable. Discussion Questions: Think of a time you’ve been an outsider: What made you feel like you didn’t belong? What helped you adjust to the new situation? Read aloud Romans 12:2. What are some ways you maintain distance from the world while living in it?     What Music Is Releasing    Artist: Hanson Album: Shout It Out Artist Info: Before the Jonas Brothers, there was Hanson, a three-brother pop band from Oklahoma best-known for the 1997 hit “MMMBop.” Now in their 20s, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac record under their own label. They’re also involved with fighting poverty and AIDS in Africa. Summary: Shout It Out, Hanson’s fifth studio album, is full of energetic, R&B-flavored pop rock and tributes to classic artists. Several songs, including “Thinking ’Bout Somethin,’” address relationships gone awry. “Me Myself and I” is about self-reliance: “There’s still someone that I can tell my troubles to. Me, myself and I will never be alone.” Discussion Questions: What things can you do well on your own? Do you mind asking for help? Why or why not? What are the pros and cons of being independent? Read aloud 1 Corinthians 12:12. What does it mean to you to be part of a larger “body” of Christ?     What Games Are Out    Title: Scrabble Slam! Content: This card-based game challenges players to spell words as quickly as they can. Rating: E=Everyone (ages 6+). Platforms: Downloadable.   Title: Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley Content: In this slower-paced game, players run a family farm and try to keep it from being taken over by a corporation. Rating: E=Everyone (ages 6+). Platforms: PSP.   Title: Skate3 Content: Players compete in new skateboarding challenges on their own and in teams. Contains crude humor and mild violence. Rating: T=Teen (ages 13+). Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3.

This post is designed to help educate parents and isn’t meant to endorse any movie, music, or product.  Our prayer is that you’ll make informed decisions about what your children watch, listen to, and play.
 
 
What’s Playing at the Movies
  
Movie: The Karate Kid (June 18)
Genre: Family drama, action
Rating: PG (for bullying, martial-arts action violence, and some mild language)
Cast: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson
Synopsis: In this remake of the 1984 film, 12-year-old Dre has to leave Detroit for China because of his single mother’s job. Dre is smitten by a female classmate, but cultural differences stand in the way. He also becomes the target of the school bully. A maintenance man teaches Dre kung fu, which helps him mature and makes life in his new surroundings more bearable.
Discussion Questions: Think of a time you’ve been an outsider: What made you feel like you didn’t belong? What helped you adjust to the new situation? Read aloud Romans 12:2. What are some ways you maintain distance from the world while living in it?
 
 
What Music Is Releasing
  
Artist: Hanson
Album: Shout It Out
Artist Info: Before the Jonas Brothers, there was Hanson, a three-brother pop band from Oklahoma best-known for the 1997 hit “MMMBop.” Now in their 20s, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac record under their own label. They’re also involved with fighting poverty and AIDS in Africa.
Summary: Shout It Out, Hanson’s fifth studio album, is full of energetic, R&B-flavored pop rock and tributes to classic artists. Several songs, including “Thinking ’Bout Somethin,’” address relationships gone awry. “Me Myself and I” is about self-reliance: “There’s still someone that I can tell my troubles to. Me, myself and I will never be alone.”
Discussion Questions: What things can you do well on your own? Do you mind asking for help? Why or why not? What are the pros and cons of being independent? Read aloud 1 Corinthians 12:12. What does it mean to you to be part of a larger “body” of Christ?
 
 
What Games Are Out
  
Title: Scrabble Slam!
Content: This card-based game challenges players to spell words as quickly as they can.
Rating: E=Everyone (ages 6+).
Platforms: Downloadable.
 
Title: Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley
Content: In this slower-paced game, players run a family farm and try to keep it from being taken over by a corporation.
Rating: E=Everyone (ages 6+).
Platforms: PSP.
 
Title: Skate3
Content: Players compete in new skateboarding challenges on their own and in teams. Contains crude humor and mild violence.
Rating: T=Teen (ages 13+).
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3.