I am so excited to share with you a summer filled with positive, helpful movie reviews! My hope is that these will be the best family movies for your summer break.
I’m calling this series, “Amazing Summer Movies for Families to Enjoy.”
I’ve invited some of my favorite blogging friends to share movies they love with you. Each Wednesday morning, I’ll add a new review for you to enjoy.
You and your family can gain a whole slew of great movie suggestions from reading these weekly reviews. I hope these articles will lead to a fun summer of movie watching for you and your crew.
Today’s Movie Title: Hidden Figures
Who stars in the movie?
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunsten, Mahershala Ali, and Glen Powell
Movie Genre: Drama/History
An inspiring movie with a positive message, Hidden Figures documents the little-known story of three exceptional African American women who worked at NASA in the 1960’s.
The movie follows the story of Katherine Johnson, a mathematical genius who helped make space flight possible; Mary Jackson, the first woman engineer at NASA; and Dorothy Vaughan, a supervisor who taught herself computer programming and helped open NASA’s first computing lab using the “IBM machine.”
These women made ground-breaking contributions to America’s space program despite overwhelming racial prejudice at a time when fewer women worked outside the home, let alone in scientific professions.
Why Our Family Loved It:
When we finished watching Hidden Figures, the first thing my husband said was, “Wow. What a beautiful movie!” Our whole family agreed.
Hidden Figures has a beautiful message about overcoming obstacles to achieve greatness. Each of the three women in the movie worked hard to be the best they could be. They triumphed over obstacles and hardship through sheer grit and genius.
“It’s cool to see a movie with women in positions like that,” my daughter said. The movie offers a positive message as well as role models for young women. Hidden Figures portrays the accomplishments of three brilliant women who have supportive husbands and positive family relationships.
The movie shows aspects of the civil rights era that I’d never thought of before. We see Katherine Johnson running across the NASA complex in rain or shine just to take a bathroom break because there is no “colored bathroom” in the building where she works. Dorothy Vaughan can’t find a book on FORTRAN computer language in the “colored section” of the town library because of course, the colored section doesn’t cater to computer programmers.
Hidden Figures is so much more than a “boring history” movie. It’s a feel good movie with humorous, bittersweet moments interwoven with drama.
My Rating: 5 Stars
By the time your kids get to the teen years, it can be hard to find an entertaining, yet a clean movie that has no profanity. Hidden Figures fits the bill and has a positive message. It’s also a good springboard for conversation with teens about important topics like civil rights, racial injustice, and women’s issues.
What to Watch out For
We loved this movie, and my daughter found it interesting, but maybe for me, the first 10 or 15 minutes started out slow, and the story line pulled me in after that. If you have kids who are easily bored, you might have to make a deal that everyone will watch the first thirty minutes, by which time they’ll be engrossed. Kids ages 12 and up will both enjoy and learn from this movie.
Where to Find It
It’s available through Netflix (DVD shipping), Amazon (Streaming and DVD) and Redbox.
About the Reviewer:
Betsy de Cruz writes to encourage people to stick close to God, even when life gets bumpy and crazy. Her passion is to help women to get God’s Word in, so their faith can spill out.
On Betsy’s blog, Faithspillingover.com, you’ll find tips for Bible study, prayer, family life, and everyday joy. You’ll also find her free study, 10 Days to More, which will show you 10 different ways to do devotional Bible study. You can find Betsy on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram
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