Wednesday, November 19, 2008

MY movie rating system

I have developed a new movie rating system.

It's brilliant actually.

It shall be based on something very technical, insightful, intelligent, and full proof.

Yes, it shall be based on the number of minutes I sleep while viewing it.

The higher the minutes the worse it is. If I didn't nap at all, it will be called an EYE-OPENER, as in I was able to keep my eyes open the entire time.

Now let's start with an example. If you all recall, I loathed (my exact words)Wall-E. I slept for 30 minutes during that movie. That's about as bad as it can get people. It's hard to sleep sitting up much past 30 minutes. Unofortunately, it has now be resurrected on DVD just in time for the holidays. Oh joy.

RATING: 30 minutes

This past weekend we went to the movies with the kids as we've been anticipating the return of the gang from Madagascar. We have seen the first one a jillion a couple of times. It was "crackalacking" funny. It had memorable moments. It had memorable lines. It had a great story line. It was an EYE-OPENER. However, I am sad to report that the sequel is only average. Both my husband and I napped for about 10 minutes during this one. The premise is still funny and the original cast is back. But I can't remember much of the storyline because it was all over the place. Something about a giraffe having a crush on a hippo and a penguin who falls in love with a bobble head. Yeah. Whatever. It was a disappointment.

RATING: 10 Minutes

A movie we saw this summer that is out on DVD now, is Kung Fu Panda. Sadly, I had alot of trouble keeping my eyes open during this one as well and slumbered for 15 glorious minutes. I remember something about noodles and a panda who is adopted by a ...a...umm, oh geez, I can't remember....

Rating: 15 Minutes

Now for the good stuff. Here is a movie that I would see over and over and over because it is really, really entertaining. The music and dancing are fabulous. The storyline is a little bit mature for an 8 and 6 year old who cannot imagine leaving elementary school let alone graduating from high school as the gang from East High are about to do. But overall, it is wholesome, fun, and hands down the best of the three High School Musical movies. I will be purchasing this for myself Little Red Riding Hood.


Another movie that I must own for myself is Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl. This movie is excellent. It has a great message, is suspenseful, well written, and well acted. I highly recommend it.


So, there you have it. My movie rating system. I just can't go wrong with it. Come back next week to see my rating for a little ole vampire movie we've all been anticipating for months.

Care to review any movies you've seen recently?

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He And Me + 3 said...

I enjoyed both Kit and HSM3. MY fav though is the HSM3 Great movie for everyone!
Good ratings!

Kimberley said...

What a great system. I don't know if I'll be able to sit through hsm3, however. But good for you!!!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Everything I have "seen" lately I have seen at home... and.. well... if I'm left alone to watch a movie on my couch, we're looking at a scale of how many minutes I was acutally awake... which usually isn't too many....

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

Oooohhh, you didn't like the first three movies?

Maybe you just don't like animation?

Especially computer animation? (What are you, a Luddite?)

Or talking animals?

Or non-talking robots? (Unless you count "Eeeeeeeeee-vuh" as a word)

What has Pixar or Dreamworks ever done to you?

I must say, I am truly up in arms about this.

(But I admit that I liked Kitt Kittredge too.)


Mama Wheaton said...

I don't think I could sit through HSM2 or any number. But I haven't seen any of them maybe I will give it a try.

Steph said...

HSM3 was a definite eye opener! LOVED it!
Liked Madagascar 2 and really liked Kung Fu Panda!
Liked Kit Kittredge (saw it on DVD) but spent a lot of time explaining what was going on to my 7 year old.
Get Smart was an eye opener!
Burn After Reading gets a 15 minutes...definitely a rental. when it was over we were like, "what was that even about??"...typical Cohen Bros flick
Indiana Jones (on DVD) was not nearly as bad as everyone was saying it was!
What Happens in Vegas (on DVD...we don't get out much) was an eye opener! even hubby loved it!

MamaTina said...

We saw Igor which was wonderful, but didn't last very long in the theaters. I've had a recommendation system for a while now, it goes
Full-price (for the really good)
Buy on DVD
Rent on DVD
Watch when it comes on TV
And Don't waste your time or money.

~*Lisa*~ said...

I totally agree on Madagascar. We watched it at the drive in the fog that rolled in was about the only interesting part and that little song "I like em big I like um chunky" cracks me up.

Kit was the best movie I have seen for children in a very long time. I think most children now days (especially with the economy in the state it’s in) need to see this one Boy or Girl.

Panda movie STINKS big time! ha ha ;)

Loved how you rated them may have to use that one myself! Blessings!

Kat said...

We haven't gone to the movies in a while. And haven't seen any of the ones you mentioned! Hmmm. But...I did take the girls to see "City of Ember" this weekend. I LOVED that book. But the movie. Ugh. They left out so much of the explanations. I talked the entire time to Madalyn about what was going on. And then they added a scary creature. That I really don't recall from the book. I don't sleep through movies, so I can't use your system...but skip this one for sure.

A movie that Katie loved - well, we all did - was Iron Man. Madalyn is not ready for it...but the rest of us thought it was great...and I cannot wait for the sequels.

Elena said...

Have you seen Nancy Drew? My girls loved it and I thought it was pretty cute. We haven't seen HHSM 3 yet, but we want to. Glad to hear you liked it.

Laural Out Loud said...


I can't wait to see HSM3, but my daughter's only 4 so I have to wait until it's out on DVD.

Gina said...

See, now, Wall-E was an eye opener for me as well as Kung-Fu Panda. Actually, I was roaring with laughter at Kung Fu Panda (which has to go back today...). I didn't like Madagascar at all and won't waste any money on #2.
On the other hand, The Clone Wars earned a 90 minute rating from me. Yes folks, I paid $8 to sleep through the ENTIRE movie!
I beleive the rest of your ratings are good.

Ashley said...

There is a vampire movie coming out? I had no clue..... :) Only kidding, of course! Love your system... I can't think of the last movie I went to see in theaters... it must have been that good.

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...


I concur on all your ratings...I'll have to continue to come to you (vs. those other thumb guys) over what movies to see.

Now, if you want a brainless yet sweet chick flick - I thought 27 Dresses was cute. And the guy - I have no idea who he was - but he sure was a cutie in the rain...

And HSM3? Well, that one is destined to be a classic for soccer moms and their daughters, alike. I can't get the songs out of my head. Lucky for me, one of our radio stations here in town has been playing Christmas music since October 1st (I kid you not). So, I can always tune in there. In fact, I will. I have a toy room to purge --- you guessed it! Before time like the present.

Caroline said...

Since Mr. Baseball and I never actually go see movies, I would have to apply this rating system to watching DVDs at home. However, the system is not foolproof. I have found a weakness - the worse a movie is, the more I am drawn to continue watching it.

Example: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or whatever the heck they named that pitiful excuse for a movie. It was a total waste of our perfectly crisp dollar (thankfully, we only paid a dollar at the Redbox.)

Otherwise, I would totally agree with you on the ratings!

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to see Kit Kittredge. Sadly, I have 3 boys who would not be caught dead watching that movie! It sounds like it is a good enough movie for me to watch without a chick-flick of sorts.

Meredith said...

Interesting rating system... I like it! What do you think of Kit Kittredge for younger boys (ages 7 and5)? Appropriate? Enjoyable?

Amy said...

I agree on all of these. Except for Kit, we haven't seen that one yet. A good idea for the weekend :D

EEEEMommy said...

I'm not sure I can be trusted. I recommended a movie to friends and they rated it BORING. I thought it was cute and funny and of course George Clooney was in it so how can you go wrong? Maybe you should settle our dispute. Leatherheads. Some language, but otherwise a winner. (in my book anyway). Now that I think about it, this friend happend to LOVE LOVE LOVE Wall-E....

Loved Kit.

Tracy P. said...

This is just what I need. We see a movie about once a year whether we need to or not. But I need to know about which ones are good so I can have them for the soon to be coming sleep overs and such. We thought Ben would love Cars, so we just bought it. Hello. H word in a G movie. Do you have a special rating for G movies with four letter words. Maybe G-13?

JourneytoFamily said...

Ok, let me just say... No where in the trailers did they let you know that Wall-E is best friends with a cockroach. A very realistic-looking cockroach! So I spent 60% of the movie with my eyes closed, fuming mad. (since I'm a real life roach-a-phobe) I wish I could've slept!

Midwest Mommy said...

I need to check out those last two.

Vicki said...

My daughter and I saw Kit Kittredge as a Daughter Date. We both loved it! Definite eye opener. You've only reviewed kids' movies, which I generally don't care for. I really like Fireproof. There's no way to fall asleep in that movie!

Aubrey said...

I am now a follower of your rating system. This was a great post!

I love Madagascar 2 buy my hubby felt the same way you did. Hmm...I'm going to have to view again!

I'll be back to see your rating on that little ol vampire movie!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

I recently rented "Away From Her" from Netflix. I think it was nominated for a few Academy Awards. It was a snoozer. Unless you have a loved one with Alzheimers, then it will just make you bawl. I'd say, skip it.

Joy in the Burbs... said...

I haven't seen Madagascar 2 yet, I'm disappointed that it isn't as good as the first. I was hoping it would be like Toy Story and be better on the second one.
Toy Story 2 is my favorite kids movie.

Anonymous said...

that makes me sad about wall.e! I wanted it to be good!!! and Mad 2. Ah well at least I am forewarned!!

Sissy said...

I don't go to see animated movies if I can help it, but that's because I don't have kids. I am sure that someday I will be dragged to see some against my will. I like your rating system, and am actually having trouble keeping my eyes open right now, even though it is on 8pm. So I guess anything I watched right now would have a really high sleep rating.

Anonymous said...

I just saw the new Bond movie this week....its EYEOPENER....because if you nap at aren't going to know what's going on. It moved so fast you almost didn't know what was going on anyway.

Britt said...

I knew from the previews that Wall-E was not gonna be my type of movie. He only seemed to make bleeps and bloops .. I need words, people! =0) Obviously, hm?

I've never seen any of the HSM movies, but I'm thinking I need to. You know, just to stay hip and cool and in the know. Not to see a certain young guy dance and sing. ;o)

I know I've seen movies lately .. I just cannot remember them for the life of me. Speaks volumes about how great they were, hm? Or maybe more to how low I am on internal memory at the moment. Dude, I need an upgrade!

Lynnette Kraft said...

Wall-E was Weird-E. Kind of eccentric - but my family liked it. I loved Kit Kittredge. I have to admit I almost dozed a couple of times, but it was unrelated to the movie - I was just zonkered! I bought it for my 12 year old for Christmas. She loved it.

I fall asleep watching movies all the time so this system wouldn't work for me. In fact, I can even fall asleep during some of my favorite movies if I'm tired. Oh well...maybe someday when my little guy decides that sleep is a good thing, I won't be so tired all of the time.

You crack me up.

Deb Burton said...

VERY cool rating system! Do you take into account whether watching a movie after eating two helpings of a large meal followed by a bowl of ice cream with nuts and chocolate sauce (zzzzzzzzzzz....).

Michelle said...

Oh that is a brilliant! I love this concept, and I can get completely behind it. I've seen absolutely ZERO of those movies. But I recently saw Ghost Town (Ghost City? Ghost something). While the fact that I can't remember the title doesn't sound good... it was an eye opener. And a funny one at that.

Swirl Girl said...

We just saw Madagascar -
and other than the Alec Baldwin Beta Lion character (who is hysterical) I actually nodded off in it too.

kids were in stitches the whole time which is the only thing that kept me awake at all.

- I loved Wall-E.

Melanee said...

I ran across your blog on accident, and just laughed aloud at this post. Even read it to my husband who frequently sleeps during movies. It's been a serious day, so I thank-you for your wit and humor.

P.S. I despised Wall-E as well. :)

Trish said...

ahhhh, my kind of rating system!!
I fall asleep in movies all the time.

We have quit paying full price for movies and have recently started buying a local fundraiser ticket that sells 10 kid movies for $7. That ticket gets us into all 10 movies.....of course they are all movies that will be out on DVD within the next week or two, but my kids have not seen any of them! And are perfectly content going to the old run down theater to see a movie.

We have seen Kung-Fu Panda (LOVED IT!)
Wall-E (hated it)
Kitt Kittridge (my favorite kids movie since Incredilbles)
Horton Hears a Who (was not nearly as good as Ben's summer theatre camp production was)
Long Shots( it was good)
Space Shimps(YAWN.....ZZZZZZZZ) all in the past six weeks!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I LOVE your works. I haven't seen ANY movies lately and need to get my act together, EXCEPT KIT. We saw that right away because we were "in" my brothers movie with Abigail Breslin, so the kids think they "know" her. You know how it is...a day of conversation with someone now makes it a lifetime of a relationship - in their mind. :)
Can't wait to see HSM3...waiting for it to come on DVD.

Kathi said...

I love your system!!!! Of course I RARELY get to go to the real movies....mostly netflix. I am hoping Twilight is an Eye Opener!!!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I think we have the same system.... I was glassy-eyed all the same ones and think I endured it for my kids sake and to save Dad from the misery.
Have not seen HSM3 but want to with the DQ. Thanks for the plug.
Recently I have watched "Waking Ned Devine." It is old but such a funny British flick. I highly recommend it....

Melissa said...

You are a genius and clearly my movie ratings "soul mate".

HSM3 soundtrack is in my van as we speak and I have all the songs memorized. Troy Bolton is my sweetheart....

Stacey said...

HAHA! I love it!!! I blogged during Wall E to keep from going to sleep!!! Every time I start to close my eyes, my 5 year old growls at me that I'm missing the "most important part", so unfortunately napping is not in my movie future...(very, very unfortunately...)

Shannon said...

I love your new system!

I would agree with your reviews of Kitt Kittredge and HSM3... both were great movies!

Haven't seen either Wall-E or Madagascar 2... but I have seen Kung Fu Panda and thought it was pretty good.

Kathi said...

Okay....Twilight is an EYE OPENER! I got to see it last night at midnight with my daughter....soooo tired today, but a fun night out for us!!!

Jennifer P. said...

Just went to Twilight with a bunch of ladies last night---I'll give it an eye opener rating---but only if you have licorice to eat to help you stay awake. I also give it a ha ha because I found myself laughing in places I think I was suppose to be swooning :) .

Michelle said...

I'm sick. I haven't seen any of these movies. So, my kids would probably give me an F!

Mrs. Jones said...

Hey, girlie! How ya' doing? I love this rating system. Totally agree with the Wall-E rating, but I loved KFP. And how would you rate Twilight?

See you round town,

Heather xoxoxox

kyrun _q said...

I don't know...I'm going to watch Chipmunks again...ops!!
am I so back dated???

Elaine at Lipstickdaily said...

OMG! We have the exact same movie rating system - - except we call it the Z system - - if I stay awake the whole time, it's a Zero Z movie - - the highest rating possible! If I fall asleep immediately, it's a ZZZZZ, which is a loser. Elaine