Family Friendly Friday – 12.24.10 (Guest Post)

Family Values Entertainment News, Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved – 12.24.10

Moms Speak Out

Check out this week’s Moms Speak Out question and let your voices be heard. For this Christmas week we can’t wait to hear:

“What is your favorite Christmas memory?”

Speak up and make a difference! If there’s a question you’d like to have discussed, let’s hear it.

Please email me your Moms Speak Out comments and suggestions!

Quiet on the Set Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! This is totally and completely without question my favorite week of the year! I heart getting everything ready for the holiday and wrapping gifts for my loved ones. Whatever else is going on I try each year to make Christmas a priority and to really focus on spending the quality time with my family. I hope this week’s picks help you spend some quality time with your family.

Remember to take a look at our Moms Speak Out section above and share with me your favorite Christmas memory! As they say out here in Hollywood, “lights, camera, action!”

Starting this week I will be featuring a family movie DVD once a month instead of weekly.

Do you have a favorite family movie you want to share? Send me a suggestion and I will talk to our team at the National Board of Mothers about reviewing it to be Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved.

If you are interested in finding other family friendly movies on DVD, here is a good place to start.

This week offers some many great family friendly options for TV shows from the Parent Television Council for fun holiday viewing. Here are my favorite picks which both are Christmas themed: First, White Christmas, this is simply put a classic holiday movie that teaches us about the importance of being appreciative for what we have; second, The Christmas Card, is a wonderful story about helping those who fight for our freedom. This week I of course have to add a third, The Sound of Music, those of you that are regular readers will know this is my all time favorite!

Here are some other family friendly options for the week:

Friday, December 24, 2010
It’s a Wonderful Life, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) NBC In this Frank Capra holiday classic, George Bailey questions his worth to his family and community.  An angel, Clarence, give him a glimpse at what would be missing if he had indeed never been born.
White Christmas, 10:15 p.m. (Eastern) AMC Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney star in this classic musical featuring the music of Irving Berlin.

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Christmas Town, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Ion A single mom visits her estranged father at Christmas only to discover he’s actually Santa.
The Christmas Card, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Hallmark A soldier overseas receives a moving Christmas card from a stranger and decides to track down the sender when he returns home.

Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Sound of Music, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Based on the true lives of the Von Trapp Family Singers, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in this classic musical about an Austrian governess falling for a widowed father of seven.
Open Season 2, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) Cartoon Network A deer’s plans for a wedding go awry when he must join in a mission to rescue a missing forest friend.

Monday, December 27, 2010
America’s Chocolate Championship, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) TLC George Duran hosts coverage of the chocolatier competition in Las Vegas.
Wizards of Waverly Place, 10:05 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel Justin runs for student body president but when he’s blamed for a prank against the principal, his chances of victory are in jeopardy.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Red Skelton narrates this classic special about Rudolph on a special mission for Santa Claus.
Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Disney Channel In this tale of Belle’s time at the Beast’s Castle during the holidays, she and the animated household objects attempt to celebrate Christmas and cheer up the Beast.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Fish Hooks, 8:30 p.m . (Eastern) Disney Channel Bea appears on a Hamster TV show and wins a trip to Hamsterwood.
Dinner Impossible, 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) Food Network Chef Robert Irvine goes to a Six Flags amusement park to turn standard park food into a gourmet feast in just nine hours.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) ABC Charlie Brown attends a New Year’s party and ends up missing the evening’s surprise.
Farewell, Mr. Kringle, 8:00 p.m.  (Eastern) Hallmark A jaded journalist sets out to discredit a Christmas-themed town’s resident santa.

To see the complete list of shows recommended by the Parents Television Council and/or to learn more about this great organization, please visit

This week we have a fun adventure movie that takes you on a wild ride, the sci-fi fans will love it! Please make sure to read the suggestion at the end of the review and use your judgment if you take kids under the age of ten. Enjoy!

Tron: Legacy
by Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: December 17, 2010
MPAA rating:
PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner
Recommended age:
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating:
Chases, explosions, martial arts, extensive fantasy violence
Breaking the Law

Twenty years ago, Sam Flynn’s brilliant software designer and entrepreneur father Kevin announced he was on the verge of a breakthrough that would change the world…then vanished. Today, Sam is a rebellious loner who scorns the corporation his father built. But when Sam receives a message luring him to an abandoned video arcade, he discovers his father’s secret world – a virtual reality realm called the Grid, where computer programs take on human form…and are plotting to conquer OUR world.

There is little content to concern parents in Tron: Legacy. There are a large number of fantasy-style action battles within the Grid, including a gladiator-style contest between Sam and enemy programs, using Frisbee-like throwing discs as weapons. Other battles include punching, kicking, and use of staffs and similar weapons. There are also chases on motorcycles, cars, and airplanes using guns and other weapons. Vehicles explode, and when a program in human form is injured or killed, it shatters and falls apart like glass – no blood or gore is seen. Profanity is limited to a few uses of “damn.”  At the beginning of the movie, rebellious Sam speeds on his (earthly) motorcycle, evades police, and breaks into his father’s company, where he steals a computer program and distributes it illegally on the Internet.

With eye-popping, brilliant visual effects and a powerful, eerie techno-electric musical score, Tron: Legacy is a spectacular accomplishment in special effects and sheer spectacle.  While there is no extreme violence, the movie creates a considerable dark mood which may be frightening to younger children.

The Parents Television Council and the National Board of Mothers® does not recommend this picture for viewers under age of ten.

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks have a healthy and happy Merry Christmas! As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!

Founder, National Board of Mothers®

Patty is first and foremost an experienced mother both to her teenage daughter, and to her Labradoodle Romeo. With a great passion for wholesome entertainment, Patty spearheaded the National Board of Mothers to establish a rigorous review process ensuring that your family’s treasured time is enjoyed with Mom Reviewed & Mom Approved products. Patty is most currently known for forging new ground with family friendly entertainment as the Founder of not only the National Board of Mothers, but also Family Values Cinema. You can read more about Patty and family friendly entertainment here or email her with any questions.

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Angie Vinez (2894 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


  1. 1

    Thanks for the listings. I have been keeping my eye out for Its A Wonderful Life and read this about 4 minutes before it was to start! Thanks. Going now to watch.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. 2
    Diane Scarlett-Leach says:

    Some other great Movies, to check out for the family are
    The Genesis Code, A story of Science and Faith,with many questions., see trailer
    it is on Twitter and Facebook,

    Also a movie called What If,
    A Man, sees what his life would of been like, if he answered the Call of God.

    You can find more good Family Movies at, They are also on twitter and Facebook.


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