You should always check the movies you wanna watch before subjugating yourself (and likely your family) to 2 hours of it. You’re life is precious – no point wasting it. Here’s here’s a simple two-step system Sara and I use for pre-checking movies:
1) Go to pluggedin.com. This is a Focus on the Family service, that will enable you to quickly decide if a movie is family-friendly and God-honoring. What I like about this site, is that it’s not overtly religious and close-minded (in my opinion). Without spoilers, it will prepare you for language, violence, sexuality, and spirituality issues that the flick contains. Then it will give a concluding recommendation as to it’s family-friendliness, and if it isn’t family friendly, it isn’t likely YOU-friendly. Just saying.
2) Go to rottentomatoes.com. This is a movie critic/review site that will definitely give you a thumbs up or thumbs down that’s worth noting. It’ll classify a movie as either rotten or fresh based on critic and user reviews.
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!" Matthew 6:22-23
But here's the thing: Because it is quite good—a persuasive, emotional story with strong, positive messages about sacrifice, hard truths and true love—the bad stuff can come off as more persuasive than usual. It's harder to see a loving God yourself when the characters you grow to care about can't, or won't. It's harder to object to premarital sex while weepily watching Hazel and Gus—teens who might never get the chance to ever have sex again—get so much pleasure and fulfillment from it.The Fault in Our Stars is, I suppose, a little like its title. For all its sparkly power, it has scratches and splits. We know immediately when a movie like Noah drifts away from its moorings. But it's hard to see a film with crystal-clear eyes when you're always dabbing them with a Kleenex.