First, I should qualify this list…these are the top 5 DVDs that I watched with my tween daughter this year. It’s hard to find DVDs that I’d enjoy and are also appropriate for her. She’s too old for Disney princesses, and I’d rather have a root canal than sit through an episode of Austin & Ally. She and I discussed the project at hand and agreed on the following selections (the ranking is mine).
Snow White, Prince Charming, an evil queen…sounds like Disney? Oh no, far from it—this TV show is a fairy tale on steroids. (TV-PG)
After seeing a commercial for this movie, my daughter said, “James Bond dies—he jumps off a bridge.” Clearly, she needed some schooling. I introduced her to 007 with The Spy Who Loved Me, but she said she liked Skyfall more—maybe because it’s not dated, and she already knew the theme song. (PG-13)
This he-said, she-said story of young love, based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, made us laugh and cry. (PG)
My daughter loves magic and intrigue, and this film did not disappoint. A team of illusionists pulls off a series of heists in this fast-moving, twist-filled thriller. (PG-13)
I’ll admit it, I think I enjoyed this movie as much as my daughter did. In it, college students vie for the a cappella championship with songs from my teen years. This movie is smart, snarky, touching and has a great soundtrack. It’s this generation’s John Hughes movie. (PG-13)