Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kids in movies

I write YA and MG stories. And I adore movies with kids. So, I thought I’d do a fun post on movies with kids doing bad stuff- or just plain stuff. Sometimes the kids are good but sometimes the kids are terrible - I love them all. Some of my favorite movies are those with kid leads. Here are a few of my favs, categorized:

The Little Kids

The Fire Starter: Drew Berry was setting everything on fire…including our hearts. She was adorable.

The Champ: Little Ricky Schroder has (in my opinion) made the saddest scene ever in movie history. Period.

Creepy Kids

The Little Girl who Lived Down the Lane – A young Jodie Foster was extremely creepy in the role of abandoned little girl. But don’t fret, she could definitely handle her own.

The Bad Seed – Rhoda wanted what she wanted. And if someone stopped her from getting what she wanted, she could deal with them. In her own special way.

Orphan - The creepiest of all little creepers. She had me fooled, you too I’m sure. The best part about it – after she’d done all her dirt – you cold beat her senseless and it not be child abuse.

Kids Kicking Butt

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Percy, the son of Posideion, along with his satyr and protector, Grover, and the daughter of Athena, Annabeth go on an adventure to return Zeus’s stolen lightening rod. Oh, yeah they kick some butt on the way.

The Last Airbender – This kid is awesome. He literally bends air. There’s another kid that bends/manipulates water…this is one of the best kids-with-powers movies I’ve seen in a long time.

Holiday Movies

A Christmas Story – “You’ll shoot your eyes out” – one of the greatest kid-movie lines ever. My family and I have to watch this movie during the holidays or it just ain’t Christmas.

Home Alone - "KEVIN" - What's Christmas without big family vacations to Paris and leaving the youngest one at home to fend for himself. And boy does he have to fend.

Honorable Mentions:
The City of Ember: Dystopian society where the entire population on earth live underground. Of course, it took two kids to discover that it was okay to go top side. Great movie.

The Ring – the creepy kid killer is not on screen much but when she is she makes her presence known and leaves you unable to sleep with the TV on for months – yeah, I said months. Don’t judge me.

E.T. – Okay, I love this movie. My kids love this movie so it had to be on this list. It’s a great family movie about the ugliest cutest drinking alien ever to stow away in a little boys closet. 

The Hunger Games – Okay, I know the movie has not come out yet but I loved the books so much there’s no way they can mess this up. Right? Oh gosh. I hope not. Katniss Everdeen kicks major booty and Peeta Mellark is the smartest sweetest teen ever. Yeah, I’m Team Peeta.

Hope you've enjoyed my gallery of awesome kid movies. What's your favorite?

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh.


  1. I hope they don't mess it up with The Hunger Games movie! Actually, the sneak peek released a few weeks ago looks super, so I'm hopeful that we're all in for a treat.

    I so loved the animated version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The movie I wasn't impressed with but I haven't got kids and I still bought all the Nickelodeon box sets. A great laugh and as the story progresses and gets darker you're invested in the characters and the outcome...brilliant.

  2. There are so many great child actors. Sometimes they upstage the adults. How about The Sixth Sense?

  3. Hey K.R. and thanks for backing me on the Hunger Games I really hope they don't mess it up. I never watched the animated version of Avatar and that's probably why I love the film adaptation. It usually works that way. I don't know why but usually whatever medium you see the piece in is always the favorite. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Hi Kelly. I would have to agree. I loved the Sixth Sense and Joel Haley Osment (I think that's his name) was great...and kinda creepy. He voiced one of the most memoriable lines in kid-movies too, "I see dead people" How often have you seen/heard that spoofed. Excellent movie. Thanks!!!

  5. I should be past the age of watching of watching kid movies since my kids are not babies anymore, but I sill do. Is something wrong with me? I have to think about my favorite kid movie... not sure it's on this list. I reserve the right to come back and share!

  6. Great post....I also love the Hunger Games and I hope they do not destroy it as they sometimes do when adapting a movie from a book.

  7. Hey, Brenda. Please do come back and share your fav. And no there's nothing wrong with you- kids can totally steal the spotlight even in an adult movie.

  8. Hey, Jennifer. Yes, I do agree. When hollywood gets their paws on some movies what they produce is a watered-down less-than okay replica of the orginal work. It can be really sad - as in The Flowers in the Attic movie. Or pretty good, as in Harry Potter movies.

  9. Great post! Brought back some memories! I loved ET and The Fire Starter and Drew Barrymore stared in both (you forgot to mention that!).

  10. Wall-to-wall books, you are so right. I should have mentioned that. Great observation though. Thanks for commenting.


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