I remember growing up we would often tape movies and shows on our VCR. Remember those old things? We had taped A Christmas Story, Back to the Future, Pretty Woman, and much more. If I was bored, I could just grab a movie to watch. It was awesome!
As an adult, I love to share movies that my husband and I watched growing up with my son. We love to watch A Christmas Story every year before Christmas. Unfortunately, we kept running into a problem. The movies that we grew up watching were edited for tv. I don't remember actually seeing Doc getting shot in Back to the Future and we were completely shocked at all the things in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Our favorite movies we watched growing up weren't family appropriate.
For years we just talked about what we would watch with our son when he was older. Then a few months ago a blogger friend mentioned VidAngel. It's a video streaming service that allows you to edit what you are going to watch. You can edit out swear words, violent scenes, or just about anything else you would want. It is absolutely amazing.
We have used it a few times now to watch movies that I normally wouldn't let my son watch. He loves it because he gets to watch movies he normally wouldn't be allowed to watch, I love it because I can edit out all the things I don't want him to see. You can watch older movies or the movies that just came out. You can see how to make any movie family friendly with VidAngel.
If you haven't signed up with VidAngel you can sign up for free here. Once you sign up just choose the movie you want to watch and click on add to watchlist. We watched National Lampoon's Family Vacation. It is a movie my husband loved growing up, but it rated R so inappropriate for my 14-year-old.
Next, you will want to click on the filters button so you can go through and set all the filters.
It will list out all of the filters that are available. You can easily go through each one of the categories and choose what works for your family. They have profanity, sexual remarks, blasphemy, crude talk, and discriminatory language edits.
Once you have edited out all the language you can move on to scenes you might find inappropriate. You can have it skip over scenes that show things like nudity.
You can also delete scenes that you may find violent. Each one disappears with just a click. I have noticed that the editing of them is pretty good. My son had no idea a couple of the things even happened.
When you are finished editing the movie it will show you the total number of filters that are in the movie. As you can see, we left a lot of stuff in the movie. Because my kiddo is almost 15 I didn't have a problem with a lot of the stuff in the movie. For me, it is more editing out the curse words.
You can now choose to buy the movie. You will pay $20 to stream it and get $19 back when you return it within 24 hours. Just like Redbox, it is $1 a day. So if you return it two days later it will cost you $2. Unlike Redbox, you get to do everything at home and don't even have to leave the house. Plus, you can enable all of your own filters.
Although I feel like they do a great job of editing the movie without it looking too edited I wouldn't recommend cutting out all of the filters. You probably really don't want your 5 year old watching a rated R movie even if it is edited. 🙂 I would recommend going down one rating from what you normally would. If you let your child watch PG movies then a PG-13 edited movie should be good.
I love that with VidAngel we can show our son movies that we enjoyed from our childhood and let him watch movies he normally couldn't see, all for $1. It's a great way for us to spend a family night for a reasonable price. Has your family tried VidAngel yet? What did you think?