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JenniferErix
04-01-2008, 08:15 AM
The movie; "Horton Hears a Who" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451079/) has MANY redeeming themes in it, and I do recommend this movie for everyone.

However, there is something you may want to be aware of. :idea:

A "Bad Guy" in the movie is a "Pouch Schooling" Kangaroo who back-handedly plays the part of a "Homeschooler" mom every negative way.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/200803/20080314hortonhearsawho1_500.jpg


I know that not all homeschoolers are great and that portraying ONE as a fanatic is not far off-base. (Goodness knows lawyers never get a break either, eh? ) But my children are only 5 ans 7 years old. Discussing it with my kids, that there are stereo-types everywhere in life, really helped us open doors on the discussion of how the world views us. That it is our job, in the real world to show people that the movie does not define us.

I know that if we did not talk about it, my kids would have felt like they were being made fun of. (Their words). Bu tnow they see that just because that was one persons opinion of a homeschooling parent, that does not change who they are. However, friends who see the movie may "unsuspectingly" think that our family is just like the kangaroo family.

So with that in mind, this review is not meant to make you not want to see the movie, just to be prepared to discuss this portrayal with your children before hand, or after. If you see the need to.

I felt the need to.

But, that is Hollywood, and goodness knows it doesn't sell to portray homeschoolers in a positive light.

I am rambling, but you get my point. Great flick, just know that this one character my ruffle your feathers.

KrisRV
04-01-2008, 08:27 AM
Jen, we took the girls the Saturday night to the movie and loved it, it was a cute, I mean a very cute movie. Yes, I remember the Kangaroo and homeschool but never thought twice about it, neither did my girls. Its the way of life, one movie or other is always picking on someone or something. I just don't give it a second thought anymore. I go enjoy the movie and forget the rest.

I do think everyone should try hard to go see it, it was cute and funny.

JenniferErix
04-01-2008, 08:35 AM
Yea, all kids are different. We cannot get enough Dr Suess around here. HAD to see it! hahaha!

Mine are just a little more sensitive than others may be, when it comes to public portrayals of their lifestyle. But they are getting tougher and more confident the more we discuss it.

There are several kids on our block and all public schooled. They ask tons of questions, and some have been rather rude. And with my kids being the youngest on the block, they need some reassurance.

It didn't take long for the neighbor kid to see the movie and then ask our kids if they ever get to see the outside world. Sigh.

But, because he had been prepared, my kids shot back with, "What? DO you not see me standing here, right now, outside?" hahahaha! Then they all went off to play scooters together.

rmcx5
04-01-2008, 02:50 PM
My kids liked the "pouch schooled" character....yes, his mom was mean but he was "cool"........they didn't think anything negative about it. I can see why we HS mom's would cringe at it though:roll:

Cute movie overall though.

Ava Rose
04-01-2008, 05:17 PM
Thanks for the review. I was wondering how that movie would be.

dalynnrmc
04-01-2008, 05:42 PM
I've seen another view about this movie... let me go see if I can dig it back up!

Here (http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/6250) it is.

JenniferErix
04-01-2008, 06:23 PM
What a cool review!~
I love how people get different things from movies.

Ava Rose
04-01-2008, 09:05 PM
Wow, that article about Horton and an anti-abortion stand was very interesting! I don't think I ever would have got that out of that book. awesome.

becky
04-01-2008, 09:09 PM
Was there anything at all touchy in this movie? Lol- anything that would offend me, who comes from the Dark Ages??

Emma's#1fan
04-01-2008, 10:31 PM
We are hoping to see it soon.

bunnytracks
04-02-2008, 12:36 AM
I liked the movie although i didn't like that they called each other a boob.
I didn't catch that the kangaroo was a homeschooling mom. Guess I was too caught up with ..I can't believe they said boob in a G rated movie.

dalynnrmc
04-02-2008, 03:58 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

MonkeyMamma
04-02-2008, 09:14 AM
I can't wait to see this movie. It looks so cute!

bugsmommy
04-02-2008, 10:25 AM
I wanna take dd to see it too and I also saw that IHOP is serving a Horton/Dr Suess menu~looks too cute!! I want to take dd to see it and have dinner at IHOP afterward......now just to get dh to cooperate!!!!LOL!;):D:p

nancy sv
04-02-2008, 09:31 PM
Horton is one of my favorite stories!! I really, really love that one. I didn't even know it was a movie - how out of touch with reality am I???

KrisRV
04-03-2008, 08:17 AM
oh the movie is great, just ingore the things you don't like and enjoy the movie. I don't think the kids catch on to much, when were watching the movies, I enjoyed watching all the little ones laugh and I mean laugh at all the funny things they were doing to Horton. It was a very cute movie. Well worth the time and money to go.

bugsmommy
04-03-2008, 10:02 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

hey dalynn!~that is the same "pet" name dh has for me!! LOL!!!!:p (I thought I had the market on MISS BIG FAT BOSSY HEAD!!!! LOL!!!!)

amylynn
04-03-2008, 11:11 AM
I was really excited when I saw they were making this because it's one of my favorite Seuss stories but I was less excited when I heard that Jim Carry was doing the voice. He's one of my least favorite actors and I can't get over the fact that it's him when I watch the character! :) But I've heard so many great reviews that I'll probably go see it.

Amy

Birbitt
04-03-2008, 12:24 PM
I was thinking of taking my children to see it but then I began to wonder if my children can sit still that long...maybe we'll wait for it to come out on dvd and watch it at home.

dalynnrmc
04-03-2008, 05:54 PM
I think I heard somewhere that Jim Carey has been saved... lemme look it up, or if it turns out I totally made that up I'll say so. LOL

johnegood
04-05-2008, 04:04 AM
Great film. thanks for the heads up. It's one character, one film, no biggie. Think about all the mom and dad portrayals in films, TV, & literature. The funny thing about stereotypes is that they're only funny if they find a frequent characteristic and make a caracture out of it. They can too oft repeated or on sore points etc. But they're not going away despite PC. Learn to deal...

JenniferErix
04-05-2008, 04:27 PM
I am not sitting down and taking this anymore...

Every time I mention a "Please be aware" post about something, there is always some doofuss that does not actually READ the original post and thinks that there is some fear mongering, "hide your children from the world", bull crap going on...

SIGH....

Why is it that illiterate people do not know the difference between the words; "Be Aware" And "Beware"?

Oh! That's right! Because they are illiterate!

Please stop telling me to "Deal with it." If you are too lazy to actually READ the original post.

Here is your CLIFF'S Notes version:
It is simply a "Heads-up" for those who might be surprised by said element in the movie, and for people like me who have very young children or who may have sensitive children. Giving those who feel the need to take the advice and use the opportunity to prepare. (No one said anything about not dealing with it. In fact, THAT is EXACTLY what we are doing!) Duh!

What in the world is so wrong with THAT?

You know there ARE actually billions of DIFFERENT people in the world. Which means that there are probably MORE children who are DIFFERENT from your child than there are SIMILAR to your child. And helping others along is not fear mongering or sheltering, it is HELPING. Or did you miss out on the whole "Be Tolerant" lesson of the "Real World"?

Oh! That's right....
Many people in the world are intolerant of other peoples issues and seem to think that "Be Aware", and BEWARE" are the same thing...

You're incorrect, friend....
I am not going to be bullied by some random posts to "BEWARE" posting for the benefit of others. If it offends you that I post a "Heads Up" for other parents, then perhaps YOU need to DEAL WITH IT!

Off to have fun with my kids....

JenniferErix
04-05-2008, 04:30 PM
Was there anything at all touchy in this movie? Lol- anything that would offend me, who comes from the Dark Ages??


Are you saying that because my kids may need a primer to be prepared to see that particular character, because when someone makes fun of homeschoolers, my 7 and 5 year old children are saddened, that they are from the dark ages?

Sorry, not sure how to read that. :?:

MonkeyMamma
04-05-2008, 05:09 PM
Are you saying that because my kids may need a primer to be prepared to see that particular character, because when someone makes fun of homeschoolers, my 7 and 5 year old children are saddened, that they are from the dark ages?

Sorry, not sure how to read that. :?:

Jen I think Becky is actually very sincere in her post.

Really I do.

dalynnrmc
04-05-2008, 06:08 PM
Jen! :lol: Simmer down, honey! :) Breathe.

I see your point and I don't disagree.

I think Becky, though, was poking fun at herself, just making a funny remark. Come back and read it when you aren't so upset. :) *Pats my usually level-headed friend on the shoulder.*

JenniferErix
04-05-2008, 06:27 PM
Hang on...
Dizzy from panting...
ahahahahahaha!

Kathy
04-05-2008, 06:27 PM
I, for one, like being made "aware" of certain elements before going into movies. I had actually already read about the way they portrayed HS but am still glad to see a post here to give me something to think about.

We had wanted to see this movie but may need to wait to rent it as there's too many places that extra money needs to go....

sr_hubbard
04-05-2008, 07:21 PM
I agree that there are some many wonderful things about this movie. However, I will not allow my children to see it a second time regardless of it good qualities. I took my children on the basis of recommendations from out churches homeschool coop. They did say that 'boob' and 'idiot' were mentioned but led me to believe that they were said only once each. We almost walked out of the movie after the third 'boob' comment. To me it is inappropriate for a movie aimed at a child to contain that word repeatedly. The same applies in my opinion to idiot. I do not allow my children to say derogatory words and both were said wayyyyy toooo many times for me.

It is not a movie I would recommend to a younger 1st grade or lower child. It is too hard to explain why characters in a movie are allowed to say them and not them.

This is only my personal opinion and the opinion of my spouse. I respect your opinions and agree with the symbolism in the movie and the possible pro-life position. If they could eliminate those two words I would have given it a very high recommendation.

KrisRV
04-05-2008, 09:02 PM
Jen, I don't see the trouble am I missing something. Remember I am one of the young ones here and it takes me awhile to get things. Help me. LOL

MonkeyMamma
04-05-2008, 09:07 PM
Wow it always amazes me when I see how different we as parents are.

And JenniferErix I am NOT refering to you or you posting the Be Aware!!

I mean word like Boob and idiot do not offend me at all and if my kids hear them I am not worried. I am not saying anything bad about anyone here so for goodness sakes please nobody take it that way.

I am simply saying that certain things make me see from time to time how different families are from one to the next. I allow a lot of things that apparently a lot of families here wouldn't allow. I say this from experience on this board.

Different strokes for different folks!

It would be a very boring world if we were all the same don't ya think?

KrisRV
04-06-2008, 09:04 AM
Wow it always amazes me when I see how different we as parents are.

And JenniferErix I am NOT refering to you or you posting the Be Aware!!

I mean word like Boob and idiot do not offend me at all and if my kids hear them I am not worried. I am not saying anything bad about anyone here so for goodness sakes please nobody take it that way.

I am simply saying that certain things make me see from time to time how different families are from one to the next. I allow a lot of things that apparently a lot of families here wouldn't allow. I say this from experience on this board.

Different strokes for different folks!

It would be a very boring world if we were all the same don't ya think?



Are you sure you aren't my long lost sister Tiffany. Man oh Man I feel the same way. To me boob is part of life and our body. Sure glad we all are different.

JenniferErix
04-06-2008, 12:59 PM
I LOOOOVE the diversity of this board!
It rocks!

My only problem, is when people see a "Be Aware" post and react as if if I am trying to boycot a movie or over-shelter my kids or something.

I am sooo totally not that person and It is so irritating when people miss the point of a post.

Does that make sense?

sixcloar
04-06-2008, 02:36 PM
My only problem, is when people see a "Be Aware" post and react as if if I am trying to boycot a movie or over-shelter my kids or something.

I appreciate it when someone posts something we should be aware of. If you agree...good. If not, take it with a grain of salt.

Although the words boob and idiot are not bad words, my kids are not alowed to call anyone those names. Idiot is not allowed at all. We don't call each other names-period. You may however, hear one of the many females in our house refer to "boobies" as a part of their bodies.

I probably will let my kids see the movie. But I appreciate the insight.


OH, and I think Becky was sincere, too -just poking fun at herself.

Deena
04-06-2008, 04:57 PM
I read that Becky was saying she, herself, was from the dark ages, not you and your kids, Jen.

ANd, I always appreciate it when people post be aware, or their thoughts on movies, books and curriculum! That's one reason I like this place! It's just good to see what people think, and I think it's very kind for people to post their opinions and warnings, in case anyone DOES feel like them and wants to watch out for something!

MonkeyMamma
04-06-2008, 08:26 PM
Are you sure you aren't my long lost sister Tiffany. Man oh Man I feel the same way. To me boob is part of life and our body. Sure glad we all are different.


Hey anything is possible right? Kris we always seem to have the same view.:D

Jen I appreciate your post just letting people know what to expect. You rock girl!

KrisRV
04-06-2008, 09:09 PM
Jen, we love you. Just don't let everyone bother you. Some people have differnt views and its ok, just read over it. We understand.



Tiffany, we have that is true.

Earthy
04-09-2008, 09:47 AM
We don't plan on seeing it, from the first time I heard news it was going to be released, I didn't care for it. We really love the old cartoon version one and seeing this would just ruin it for us. Not to mention I DO try to keep trash from entering my kids minds, as much as I can anyhow. ;)

I appreciate when people give me heads up on movies, directed towards children, also. I use the IMD to look things up normally.