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The War With Grandpa * Wonderful Family Comedy with Great Cast, Pranks, and Surprises

Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid-he likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with Peter’s family, the boy is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences. 

Based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, The War with Grandpa is a hilarious family comedy featuring an all-star supporting cast: Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano and Jane Seymour.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jude A. comments, “Grab your popcorn and sit down for a wild ride because we are talking about the new hit family movie, The War with Grandpa! The War with Grandpa shows off unexpected pranks and comedic scenes, and also displays fantastic character development and a hilarious plot.” Katherine S. adds, “This film is based on the best-selling book, The War With Grandpa, by Robert Kimmel Smith. Thanks to Tre Peart, the executive producer, this movie was made.  When Tre was in the third grade, he came across the book and suggested to his parents that they should make a movie about it. And here it is!” Sara G. wraps it up with, “I thought this would be a good comedy, but it turned out to be even funnier than I thought it would be. At times like these, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we need more movies like this that are enjoyable, funny and interesting.” See their full reviews below.

The War with Grandpa

By Jude A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Grab your popcorn and sit down for a wild ride because we are talking about the new hit family movie, The War with Grandpa! The War with Grandpa shows off unexpected pranks and comedic scenes, and also displays fantastic character development and a hilarious plot. The film provides an amazing cast you just can’t get enough of, and many life lessons/morals presented in unconventional ways. This movie is silly in all the right kinds of ways; however, some dialogue seems a little too immature and completely unnecessary.

The movie starts off by introducing the Decker family, a somewhat crazy family with a daughter who wants to see her boyfriend, a little girl who wants to celebrate Christmas in September, and a middle school boy named Peter (Oakes Fegley) who loves his shoes! When their Grandpa (Robert De Niro) starts to not be able to care for himself, he is forced to move in with his family. There is one problem— he has to take Peter’s room, and Peter is not happy about it. Peter thinks there is only one solution to get his room back…. WAR! Peter and his Grandpa start the ultimate prank battle. You will never see the end coming!

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was confused. I have such a high standard for Robert De Niro because of all the amazing movies he is in, like Taxi Driver and The Irishman. I initially thought The War with Grandpa would waste talent like his, but I was very wrong. Robert De Niro in this film is outstanding, and it was a breath of fresh air from all the extremely serious movies he has done before. Roe Baker did an outstanding job casting everyone in this movie.

The War with Grandpa really does provide many lessons and morals in unconventional ways. Under all the pranks and silly jokes, this film teaches you that even when you don’t want to give up something up you love, think about who it could help if you did. The War with Grandpa is rated PG, for some rude humor and mild language.

As Peter declared war on his Grandpa, I declare a rating for The War with Grandpa of 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend The War with Grandpa for ages 8 to 12. You can find The War with Grandpa in theaters on October 9, 2020.

The War With Grandpa

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The War With Grandpa is the perfect film for the whole family! It is funny, has great actors and delivers a feel-good message to all of us.

This movieis about a boy named Peter (Oakes Fegley) who is your average sixth grader. But, that all changes when his Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with his family. Neither Grandpa Ed nor Peter like the new living arrangement, because grandpa loses some of his independence and Peter loses his bedroom.  A secret “prank war” ensues as Grandpa Ed and Peter try to outdo each other until someone gives up.

This film is based on the best-selling book, The War With Grandpa, by Robert Kimmel Smith. Thanks to Tre Peart, the executive producer, this movie was made.  When Tre was in the third grade, he came across the book and suggested to his parents that they should make a movie about it. And here it is! The script is hysterical and takes many lines directly from the book. Also, the amazing cast includes Robert De Niro (Grandpa Ed), who plays a terrific, immature, but loving father and grandfather. Uma Thurman plays a stern, but wonderfully caring mother (Sally), and Oakes Fegley plays Peter, an excellent prankster protagonist. The supporting cast consists of terrific A-list talent including Rob Riggle, playing a “cool dad.”  Christopher Walken and Cheech Marin team up with Grandpa Ed to make him even more immature.  My favorite part of the movie is all the creative ways Peter and Grandpa Ed find to prank each other, and sometimes other members of the family (sorry Sally).

The messages of the movie are about the importance of communication within a family and respecting your elders. Also – trampoline dodgeball solves everything. 

I give The War with Grandpa 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 13. Adults will also enjoy this movie. This movie is scheduled to come out in theaters on October 9, 2020.

The War With Grandpa

By Sara G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

I just love The War With Grandpa with all the great actors like Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and others that take it to another level of comedy.  I thought this would be a good comedy, but it turned out to be even funnier than I thought it would be. At times like these, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we need more movies like this that are enjoyable, funny and interesting.

The storyline is about a war between Peter (Oakes Fegley) and his grandpa (Robert De Niro). Peter and his grandpa had a really close friendship, but it is tested when grandpa moves into Peter’s bedroom.  Peter is forced out of his comfy bedroom into the attic, which gives Peter enough of a reason to start a prank war with grandpa. Their pranks are so funny; they had me laughing at the edge of my seat. And the fun part is that Peter’s parents had absolutely no idea this war was going on. I can’t even get started on Peter’s little sister, Jenny (Poppy Gagnon) who is so sweet. She is always so nice to her grandpa. You could say that Jenny is the “Queen of Christmas” because she always wears Christmas shirts and her whole side of the room looks like a Christmas factory.

This film is absolutely amazing. It is definitely a fun family film. Robert  De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle make up an impressive cast. The camera work is wonderful and I love the settings.

The primary message of this film is that fighting is never the answer to anything, because you can get yourself hurt or hurt other people. Another massage to not be so attached to your things and learn to share, especially with your grandpa.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It releases in theaters October 9, 2020 so look for it. Reviewed by Sara G., KIDS FIRST!, age 10

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Keep your kids safe when playing with these straightforward tips

No one wants their child to get hurt, especially when they’re playing with friends or enjoying themselves on the playground or at the park. However, as a parent, you’re probably already aware that accidents happen and getting a grazed knee every now and again is part of childhood.

Still, that doesn’t make the tears and pained expressions any easier. It’s easy to think that we should let our children learn the hard way and experience the occasional bump and bruise, however, there could only be a few steps between a simple bump and fatal brain injury, especially if they’re playing with defective equipment, or they’re playing near roads etc – call a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona if your child has been injured and it could have been avoided. 

Here we’ll explore some simple ways you can give your child the freedom to play yet keep them safe from harm. Read on to find out more. 

Encourage them to wear safety gear

If your child is learning to ride a bike, roller skate, scoot down the street or even ride a skateboard, then they should be encouraged to wear the correct safety gear. Especially a well-fitting helmet. The earlier you enforce these kinds of safety rules, the more natural it will be for your child to wear their safety gear as they get older and develop their independence. Wearing safety gear could be the difference between a shattered helmet or a fractured skull.

Make sure the area is secure and enclosed

If you have little ones who want to play outdoors, creating an area that is secure and enclosed is essential for their safety and their enjoyment. High fences and gates that lock properly and cannot be accessed by the children are the first places to start. These enclosed and secure places like in your backyard should allow children the independence and freedom they want so they can play and learn but also keep them safe from wandering out, or from intruders gaining access.

Inspect the playground equipment

That old swing set that you loved playing on when you were a kid was so much fun, and now your little ones get to play on it too. However, when was the last time it was inspected? If you’re concerned about the quality of play equipment, don’t be afraid to be the playground inspector and check it out before you let your child play. Rusty nails, splintered wood, jagged metal…all these things can cause serious damage. 

You should also be on the lookout for things like broken glass, blades and even drug and drink paraphernalia that could be picked up, touched or fallen onto. 

And finally, be sunshine smart

If your kids are playing in the backyard and the weather is glorious then you can guarantee you’ll make a lot of happy memories. What you don’t want, however, is sunburn and consequent skin damage. So, make sure your children have access to shaded areas, keep them covered in sunblock, ensure they wear a hat and keep them hydrated throughout the day.

How to make educating your child more exciting

Giving your children a solid education provides them with the foundations to succeed in life. It can spark passion and enjoyment, help them to realize what they want in the future, as well as providing a clear pathway into the world of work. Education comes in many forms, whether it be through academic, practical or creative means. Here, we are going to explore some ways you can make educating your child more exciting than the norm…

Go outdoors 

Going outdoors teaches children many things. But first, we must cover the fact that extra travel for education means the added dangers of the road. Always ensure your child knows the basic rules of the road that will keep them safe. Make sure they look left, right, and left again before crossing, as you don’t want any accidents to occur – you may find speaking with a New Orleans accident attorney to be informative if you are affected by a road incident. 

Different educational ideas in certain countries mean that adults teach children about nature from an early age. Kids learn to open their minds through experience, rather than being taught to read and write through repetition. If you wish to improve your child’s education from home, then take your child outdoors – let them experience and learn from the world around them. 

Learn to count by counting actual sheep or horses or cows. Learn to speak in full and reasoned sentences by asking them about what they have seen and what they liked. Learn about history by visiting castles or ruins and exploring local lore. Ask your child to hold the sat nav while driving so they can learn the lay of the land. There’s much to be said for nurturing the mind before trying to stuff it with the ABCs.

Take the interactive approach 

Children don’t like static learning. They never have and they most likely never will. By sitting them on a seat and telling them to learn their eight times tables, they are going to feel punished and bored and in no mood to cooperate. That’s why you need to take an interactive approach to learning. One way to do this is through a mathematical treasure hunt – place clues in envelopes around your home, whereby each clue leads to the next. Tell your child they can only open the envelope if they solve the addition or multiplication or subtraction on the front of the envelope. In this way, they will want to work out the answer to 5 x 5, for example, because they know the treasure hunt ends with a treat (e.g. their favourite chocolate bar).

Review teaching materials in a fun way
Part of teaching is reviewing previous lessons. Nobody learns anything the first time around. All learning is absorbed through repetition. However, going over old material verbatim can lose its magic. Instead, you need fun ways to back up your educational messages. You can play games like dressing up as historical characters, or you can draw a picture of how the water cycle works. Whatever you do, don’t rely solely on teaching and reviewing through spoken word.

Best cities to raise your kids in America

So you are in the market for the perfect city to raise your family? You’ve come to the right place. Best schools, great weather, countless amenities for both adults and children; these are all things that you should be on the lookout for when searching for a city to settle down with your family.

The truth is that there are plenty of great U.S states to settle down with lots to offer families. Even though some of the regions are more expensive than others, it is not difficult to find family-friendly locations. To help you out and ensure you’ve made the right picks, here are the best cities to raise your kids in America:

Ann Arbor, MI

Ann Arbor tops the list for many people looking to raise their families in Michigan. Not only does it boast a long list of great schools but it also has a long list of family-friendly attractions and things to do. It also has low crime rates, with a crime rate that’s 29% lower than the national average.

While raising a family certainly comes with its expenses, Ann Arbor isn’t necessarily expensive but it is not cheap either. What you will love about the city is that the cost of goods such as groceries and other suppliers is well below the countrywide average.

Some of the more family-friendly activities in the town include the town’s Hands-On Museum, which is currently rated as one of the best museums in the country. There is also a petting farm, a milling company, and a stadium.

Highland Park, Texas

If you’re going to pick Texas as your home state, then Highland Park should be on the list of top places to settle down with your family. Highland Park is a wealthy small town, which is situated just a stone throw away from Dallas. You will love the warm environment, as well as the tight-knit community.

Because it is an affluent region, the cost of living is higher than it is in other parts of the state. The upside is that there are countless amenities, highly rated schools, as well as a stable housing market. It is also an exceptionally safe town to raise a family, as it enjoys an overall crime rate that’s 21% lower compared to the national average.

Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green is home to an array of outdoor parks, events, camps, and a whole host of activities that the entire family can participate in. although Bowling Green is a small city, it offers numerous big-city amenities, as well as a low cost of living. Some of the most sought-after top-notch schools are also situated in Bowling Green.

The overall crime rate in the city is 28% lower than the national average and 27 % lower than the state average. Hospitals worth noting include Wood County Hospital, which is a great medical and surgical facility that offers quite a selection of services to the locals. Another great hospital is the University of Toledo Medical Center, but there are also several smaller hospitals and health care providers strewn all over the town.

Bowling Green is easily one of the more affordable towns in Ohio. It also boasts top-rated schools and lots of family-friendly activities to keep everyone engaged. Educational activities are located close by including a wind farm, a historical center, and a planetarium.

Irvin, California

Irvin is situated in California’s Orange County, an affluent area that is known for its vibrant job market, its delightful family-friendly atmosphere, the first-rate schools, as well as the glorious weather. The city has been previously rated as one of the happiest places in America for families to call home.

Irvine is also home to the celebrated UC Irvine Medical Center, one of the best-rated hospitals in California. Although there is a hefty price tag attached to living in Irvin, the price tag comes with lots of conveniences and advantages. Please note that since most of the residents are well to do, many can keep up with the demands of living in the city.

Since there is a large number of families in Irvin, the city is chock-full of kid-friendly activities and events to take part in. there is a museum, a planetarium, and observatory, as well as numerous outdoor parks and trails.

Franklin Park, PA

Franklin Park is one of the best suburbs in Pittsburg for anyone looking for a city to raise a family. The city has always been known for its wonderful public school system, as well as its super friendly and welcoming environment. The crime rate also stands at 87 % lower than the national average, which makes it a haven for families to live.

The city is also very closely situated to Pittsburgh, which gives residents fast access to some of the biggest healthcare services and hospitals in the state. The cost of living in the state is relatively high especially as it regards housing and groceries. However, you will be happy to know that the cost of healthcare in Franklin Park is much lower than the national average.

Like most cities and towns in this list, the schools are also well rated. If you do decide to move in, you will be treated to a veritable selection of family-friendly activities and events all over town. The town offers several parks, trails, and outdoor leisure opportunities for individuals.

Beverly, Chicago

With its various outdoor attractions and excellent school system, it is no wonder that attracts so many families from all parts of the country. Beverly is quite a large town, but it has that small-time vibe, which is something worth considering if you are looking to move into a close-knit community.

In Beverly, the crime rate is also quite low, which means that your kids can play and ride their bikes without you worrying about their safety. There is an assortment of public and private schools in the region, however, what you will love the most is the affordable childcare and the wealth of affordable daycare centers to choose from.