Parents' Guide to

Game of Your Life

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Feel-good family drama is set in online gaming culture.

TV NBC Drama 2011
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Walmart and Procter & Gamble's Family Movie Night initiative talks a good game, promising "great entertainment for the whole family," but as both media producers and parents know all too well, that's a hard standard to uphold. Something about this partnership strikes gold, though, and they just keep turning out films that live up to the sponsors' promise. Game of Your Life is a coming-of-age story that's relevant to viewers' lives and is situated within the gaming culture, which means there are lots of references to technology that probably will be familiar to kids. What's more, the movie manages to pull this off without chronic name-dropping of specific games or gaming systems (in fact, Xbox is mentioned just once), which says a lot for the sponsors' family-friendly intentions.

Of course, the real story lies in Zach's emotional journey away from home and toward his future, and it raises a host of topics that are worthy discussion points. He wrestles with tough decisions that define him as a person, a friend, a teammate, and a son, and he faces multiple turning points that help shape the course of his life. His experiences are good teaching tools for tweens and teens who can best relate to Zach's inner struggle with finding himself independently from his family. While you're at it, don't miss the chance to relate the movie's positive messages about responsibility and trust to your kids' own experiences, too.

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