My Kids Actually Liked This…

How often do you come across a clean film with a positive message that teenagers actually enjoy?

It’s rare!

Last week my wife and I finally sat down and watched a film I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about. We already had a movie clip discussion from the film written up on our web site, using a clip from the movie to provoke discussion about anger and self control (we provide the small group questions, a wrap up, etc.). I was intrigued by the online clip on our site, so Lori and I decided to rent it.

We were only about 20 minutes into the film and we both agreed, “The kids gotta see this!”

The film I’m talking about is Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and is directed by the director of Coach Carter, Thomas Carter. This true story of a young boy from a broken home who struggles against the odds and becomes a world renown surgeon has already been nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys and a host of other awards. No joke… it’s really good.

I knew if I recommended it to my kids, they’d be suspicious that it was some boring educational piece (funny how that happens). So I bribed my kids to watch it! (Have you ever done that? “You can stay up if you watch this movie.” or “You can have extra video game time if you watch this!”)  🙂  Yes… sometimes bribery has it’s place.

Sure, there are clean films out to rent right now that your kids will want to see (Old Dogs was surprisingly clean). But Gifted Hands is not only clean, it’s inspiring. The story shows how reading and studying pays off. (see… it does sound boring, huh?) All three of my kids watched it… and all three loved it.

Give it a try. I know you won’t be disappointed.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to My Kids Actually Liked This…

  1. sakto phil says:

    judging from your post, i came to a conclusion that this is a very inspirational film, right? rarely do these films get appreciated by today’s younger crowd. thanks for the tip btw, will find time to watch this one.