A boy is stuck inside while he’s sick and his grandfather visits to read him a story that was read to him when he was sick. It’s a story of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles as farm boy Westley returns from years at sea to find his true love Buttercup promised to a prince.
Rated PG and starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin and Fred Savage, this ultimate cult classic is perfect for tweens and teens who love adventure.
What to discuss with kids:
- Stay connected to your generations. Your parents, your spouse’s parents, your siblings and aunts and uncles are all important in your child’s life. They bring a different perspective, a different vibe and stories of their own.
- The end isn’t necessarily the end. Fezzik and Inigo Montoya thought Westley was dead. He wasn’t. Buttercup thought she was married to Prince Humperdink. She wasn’t. Keep going, keep watching, keep waiting. Don’t give up just because you think the end is here.
- Words don’t always mean what we think they mean. Westley didn’t tell Buttercup he loved her, he said “As you wish.” As your kids get older and they don’t want to hear you say “I love you” all the time, what words can your family use to say that mean the same thing?
Now that you’ve seen The Princess Bride, try these screen-free activities inspired by the movie.
- Read the book. Appropriate for readers ages 10 and older, William Goldman wrote “The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, The Good Parts Version” in 1973. It contains divergent plot lines, more characters and even more adventure than the movie. It also contains Goldman’s “foot notes” about his memories of it read to him.
- Have you ever considered piracy? Let your kids make an excellent pirate, no matter their age. Younger swashbucklers will love this pirate craft that uses paper bowls. Older kids can create their own treasure map and hunt down buried treasure.
- Build a battle of wits. Kids can write their own trivia questions and play against each other. Or, if you’re willing to allow a little screen time, let them play against friends and cousins on Skype or Zoom.
- Learn a story from a grandparent. Let your kids call a grandparent to pass along their favorite stories or books from their youth. As a parent, you might be surprised to learn what your parents loved to read.
- Speak in rhyme. Fezzik and Inigo Montoya speak to each other in rhyme. Designate a half hour (or an hour if you can handle it) that your kids have to respond with a rhyme of what the other person said. This will force them to be creative and even learn new words. (For younger kids, have them read aloud rhyming books like Fox in Socks or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
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