Since both kids were out of school for the week by mid-day on Tuesday, we decided to celebrate with a mid-week family movie night. Ethan picked the movie to watch- a new one that we'd just received called Angels Sing. Here's a bit about it, from a press release that I received:
Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his playful wife (Connie Britton) and well intentioned parents (Kris Kristofferson and Fionnula Flanagan). But when his young son (Chandler Canterbury) faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick (Willie Nelson) gives Michael a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost.We thought this movie was sweet, and it was a nice choice for something that we could all watch together. It's pretty predictable and the crises are wrapped up quickly and neatly, as tends to happen in Christmas movies (my husband asked at one point if it was a Hallmark movie), but it's still a good watch. There are a number of musical stars in it, so the songs in the movie are good. There are a couple of deaths alluded to in the movie, which upset Ethan (he's 6) who is extremely sensitive to the word "dead". But at the end he said that he still really liked the movie and Vivian concurred. Angels Sing is about 90 minutes long and it's safe for little eyes and ears.