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Ready for family night, we decided to show our boys a movie we had loved as kids. Let’s just say, as parents the movie was very different than we remembered 😯. So I totally get that today it’s really hard to find family entertainment that doesn’t have you searching for the fast forward button or wanting to install an automatic bleep-the-inappropriate-words device. But there’s some good news, family movie night is still possible!

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my time and the movie rentalAll opinions are honest, and I wasn’t required to post a positive review. You can read my full disclosure here

Why You Should Have Family Movie Nights

Building family relationships is one of the most important things you can do during your years of homeschooling. When homeschooling is over, you’ll still be a family. Kind of obvious, I know. But those close relationships become even more important as our kids enter adulthood.

One way to do this is by setting aside regular time to enjoy life as a family. Whether it’s going to play a round of miniature golf, having a picnic in the park, or playing board games, the intentional time we spend together enjoying one another is critical to the emotional health of our children. Kids crave connection and it takes time to do that—time beyond the hours we spend doing schoolwork.

More Than Just Watching a Movie

From the time our kids were young, we really enjoyed hanging out together for family movie nights. It involved more than watching movies. We would order pizza, pop some popcorn or make some snacks, and grab pillows and blankets for a cozy evening in. Everyone would find their favorite comfy spot on the couch or floor. And even though my kids are out of the house, when they are home it’s still one of our favorite things to do.

Finding good, clean movies isn’t easy, especially as children enter the middle years. They crave more mature plot lines, but with that often comes language and scenes that aren’t appropriate for our kids (or us!).

Mount Hideaway Media would like to change that.

A Clean Detective Movie

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s is an indie mystery and romance movie—without all of the bad language, graphic violence, and scenes that have you dashing for the fast forward button. In other words, without all of the things so prevalent in movies today. Instead, it’s about the story. It’s intended for ages 12+ since it is a murder mystery, but a classic one as told in years past. Perfect for your middle schoolers and older kids.

Your family can have fun as they try to figure out the mystery, looking for clues along the way. Check out the movie trailer:

MOUNT HIDEAWAY TRAILER 2020 from Brett Monk on Vimeo.

Why Homeschoolers Will Want to See this Family Movie

Unlike many movies today, Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’sportrays homeschoolers in a positive light. Brett Monk, the writer and director of the movie is a homeschool dad, and the movie is produced by a group of homeschool graduates.

Often homeschoolers are portrayed as the joke in the movie, so your kids will enjoy seeing this one get it right. I also love the way homeschooling is incorporated into the movie without doing it at the expense of other educational choices. As the main character’s mother put it—it was the right choice for their family. That’s how I explained our choice to others too 💛 Learn more about their heart for homeschoolers:

Mystery Movie with a Heart for Homeschoolers from Brett Monk on Vimeo.

How This Family Movie Can Inspire Your Creative Kids

Like the characters in this movie, your kids are exceptional in their own ways. Maybe your child is an artist, writer, musician, or actor. We live in a time that they can use their talents either professionally or as a serious hobby that they can enjoy in ways that were never possible before.

Brett Monk shared,

With the advances in high-quality, low cost film equipment, and the growth of streaming platforms like Amazon, AppleTV, Google Play Movies, etc. it is now possible for small teams like ours to create a commercially viable film business from our hometown, without the influence of the Hollywood gatekeepers.

The possibilities are truly amazing for today’s youth. There are so many ways they can use their gifts and talents, so share with your kids just how the film was made so they might be inspired too:

Homeschool Dad’s Perspective on Filmmaking from Brett Monk on Vimeo.

Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s

Building family relationships is one of the most important things you can do. Spending time just having fun together and making memories helps you to connect in ways that last. And a family movie night is one way to do just that.

Rent or buy Mount Hideaway Mysteries: Exes and Oh No’s for your next family movie night!

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