Last night we took the kids to the local drive in movie theater for a double feature. We mean to go every summer we are hear but the movies don't always comply with our timing - This year though the double feature was Karate Kid and Grown Ups. It's a good thing my kids can stay up late and then sleep in the next day because the movie didn't start 'til 9:15pm and was done at 1:30am.
We took our camping chairs and sat out under the stars and enjoyed ourselves. Grown Ups was the favorite movie according to my husband and kids, they love comedy and Adam Sandler is one of their favorite comedians. Personally, I would wait until it hits DVD and rent the movie. There is some gorgeous scenery of the lake and the surrounding countryside but nothing that needs a big screen to be appreciated. The story itself was predictable and the kids laughed at some parts but for all the talent I felt it came up short in the laugh department. Then again I've never been one for slap stick humour. The message of the story was not lost on me, and since we are spending time at the cabin with no video games, computer, TV or cell phones the kids are living the outdoors.
I preferred Karate Kid, it was filled with amazing scenery and culture. After watching I was so impressed I wanted to visit China for the first time. I was blown away by the images on the big screen but felt I missed the full impact by being so far back. It is a movie to see in the big theater. Jaden Smith was amazing and the amount of work he put into the role proves that he is a talented hard working actor in his own right. It's rare that I want to watch a movie twice, or want to pay theater prices to watch it once let alone twice on the big screen, this is one of those movies.
The outdoor experience of the movies and the rare drive in experience was truly a great family movie night moment.
Original post was in 2010