Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Family Movie Night Presents "Game of Your Life" - Friday 12/2 on NBC

Family Movie Night

Game of Your Life Airs 12/2 on NBC

  • Airs December 2nd  at 8PM (7 Central) on NBC
  • Sponsors and Network Promise Family Friendly Advertising
  • Starring Titus Makin, Nathan Kress, Donald Wallace, Dana De La Garza, and Lea Thompson
  • Provides Good Conversation Starters for Parents of Tweens and Teens
  • Plot Involves Video Games and Internet Themes
  • I Couldn't find a Rating, I Would Suggest Ages 11 and up
  • Find More Information on the Game of Your Life Webpage
Family Movie Night

Walmart and P&G have teamed up for another Family Movie Night.  The newest Family Movie is called Game of Your Life and it stars some familiar faces.

College freshman Zach Taylor (Titus Makin Jr., “Glee” and “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song”) has earned scholarship to every aspiring game designers dream school, the Digital Institute of Game Design.  He is a smart kid, and he loves his family, but he is put in a position to make some hard decisions.

As fate would have it, Zach learns that his father is having financial trouble at the same time he is offered an opportunity that would cover all of the debt and more.

Unfortunately, he would have to break all of the school's rules and let down his classmates in order to earn the money. He struggles between right and wrong, loyalty and greed, integrity and honesty.

He seeks the counsel of his teacher and his father and as they guide him through his difficult decision, he gets an unexpected surprise from an unlikely source.

The backstories are entertaining, and teens and tweens will enjoy seeing some of their favorite TV stars.  The student group leader Sara, (Dana De La Garza, “Knight Rider”) and Zach's quirky but lovable roommates, Phillip (Nathan Kress, “iCarly”) and Donald (Adam Cagley, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Good Luck Charlie”) make a great team.

Parent concerns and topics for discussion would include what to do when a kid feels pressured.  The value of listening to one's conscience, love is more important than money, and the value of loyalty, integrity, and keeping one's word.  Also Zach's mother died a few years earlier, and this comes up a few times during the movie.

Note that the plot revolves around video gaming,  and game design, including a social media element.  There is also the problem of the father's debt.  I think younger children would probably not understand these things, and could be bored.

As it becomes more and more difficult to find things to watch with tweens and teens, I think this is a good  choice for families.  It has a good kid who isn't perfect, plenty to talk about, and keeps it clean.

Tune in Friday, December 2nd on NBC.

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I watched a rough cut of this movie via the internet in order to provide an informed, blogged review.  I was not paid to write this post, and my opinions are genuine.