Kids Describe Oscar-Nominated Movies Based Only on the Titles

Jeanne Sager | Feb 21, 2013 Parenting News

Oscar Movies PanelIf you're a parent or even if you just spend a lot of time around kids, you know they're full of opinions ... hilarious opinions. So with the Oscars just around the corner, what better subject to let the kids opine on than the movies up for Academy Awards?

My daughter has already told me that she wants Wreck-It Ralph to win Best Animated Feature Film (it just won out over her other favorite, Brave, and, yes, it's probably because I bought her a Vanellope t-shirt last week and promised her the DVD). But what about all the other films in the running for big prizes? What do kids think of them?

Don't worry, we didn't let a bunch of kids watch Argo or Life of Pi. But we did ask our mini movie critics about 11 flicks up for Oscars, and their answers will leave you in stitches.

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First, let me explain the process. We found five willing participants, some of whom may or may not have been bribed with candy to participate. Ranging in age for 4 to 7, none had seen the films we asked about. All they got was the title ... and they supplied the entertainment!

Jump in! Laugh! And then find out what YOUR kids have to say about the Oscar noms.

Which one is your favorite?


Images via Jeanne Sager, Caroline Kaye Photography

  • Skyfall


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    Up for several awards this year, including best cinematography and best score, Skyfall is the latest James Bond movie, following 007 as MI6 is attacked. The name makes sense once you watch the movie, but the kids had their own ideas:

    Evan, 6: People sit in the grass and watch the clouds.

    Jillian, 7: I've heard of it, but I don't know what it's about. The sky is falling and everyone is running because the sky is falling. It's just like Chicken Little, but it's different because it's an adult movie.

    Collin, 4: An alligator jumps up to the sky.

  • Les Miserables


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    Nominated for Best Picture and garnering noms for actors Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, the film based on Victor Hugo's classic novel follows Jean Valjean, a French peasant in the 1900s trying to redeem himself after being jailed for stealing a loaf of bread to feed a child.

    Not exactly what the kids had in mind:

    Max, 7: It's about a French robber.

    Evan, 6: It's about a big, bad bear.

    Jillian, 7: I don't know. It's hard. There's a boy named Les Miserables, and everyone thinks his name is really weird so they make fun of his name.

  • Amour


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    This French language film about an elderly couple during their last days together is up for Best Picture, and actress Emmanuelle Riva and director Michael Haneke are also up for awards. The kids were a little thrown off by the French title:

    Max, 7: It's a movie about Mordu from Brave.

    Clara, 5: About a little boy and he likes to play soccer.

    Jillian, 7: It's about "more" stuff, like more of that, more of this.

    Collin, 4: It's about a hammer.

  • Silver Linings Playbook


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    Based on the book of the same name, this Best Picture nominee features Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, a guy trying to rebuild his life after several months in a mental institution. The title refers to Solitano's life motto: he's bound to find a silver lining in everything.

    Not exactly what the kids had in mind:

    Clara, 5: This movie is about the sea, jellyfish, and octopus. And the octopus reads about jellyfish.

    Max, 7: Somebody wrote a book about silver.

    Collin, 4: There's a mean, mad Hulk.

  • Life of Pi


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    Pi is really Piscine Patel, a kid with a name he hates in this Best Picture nominated film about the teenager's battle with the elements when he's stranded on a lifeboat with a tiger. But you don't dangle a word like "pi" in front of some hungry tots:

    Evan, 6: A family makes a pie and they eat it all but one little boy doesn't get a piece.

    Max, 7: Somebody bakes a pie and their pet gets caught trying to eat it.

    Jillian, 7: It's where people eat pie for their whole life. They never eat anything else. They eat pie SO MUCH they die eating pie.

  • Argo


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    Critics are raving about this Best Picture nominee from director Ben Affleck about the Iran hostage crisis, but the nonsense name gave the kids plenty to work with:

    Clara, 5: A baby boy who goes with his parents to the park and gets in the swing by itself.

    Collin, 4: It's about a truck chasing a rock.

    Evan, 6: It's about taking a lot of trips.

    Max, 7: It's about the life of an artist.

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild


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    This story of life on the Louisiana bayou is told through a little kid's eyes, but that didn't mean the kids were on target with the Best Picture nominee's subject matter. Not quite:

    Evan, 6: It's a movie about the book Where the Wild Things Are.

    Clara, 5: This is about some lions and they live in the south and they eat someone.

    Max, 7: Monsters and wolves are fighting.

  • Zero Dark Thirty


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    The hunt for and capture of America's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, spurred the shooting of this Best Picture nominee. But the kids were not thinking about the Middle East, that's for sure!

    Clara, 5: This movie is about a horse.

    Jillian, 7: The whole town would get blacked out, and kids would write those numbers on the blackboard in their classroom. They're trying to learn their numbers.

    Max, 7: A man writes a number in the dark that's an unusual number.

    Evan, 6: People write zero a lot of times in a row.

  • Moonrise Kingdom


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    With Wes Anderson, you're guaranteed something a little different. But could the kids come up with the story of two tweens who make a pact to run away for this Best Original Screenplay nominee? Nope!

    Max, 7: The master died and his kingdom gets beat up. Then the moon rises and the cows come out and everyone comes to life.

    Jillian, 7: There's a kingdom where the moon rises every night except for one. That's on Wednesdays. It's only one day of the week, and that's the middle day of the week.

    Clara, 5: A moon that rises in the east and the west and then falls down into the south.

  • Django Unchained


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    This movie about a slave set free before the Civil War is good enough for a Best Picture nomination, but the kids' versions would certainly be entertaining:

    Max, 7: Django was bad and went to jail and then was released.

    Collin, 4: A dog eats a truck!

    Jillian, 7: Django is stuck on a chain, and he can't get free. Someone hooks him up to it, and he can't get free because he's a bad guy, they say.

    Clara, 5: A lamb who gets its wool shaved because it was too hot.

  • 5 Broken Cameras


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    Up for Best Documentary Feature, this is a first person account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. The kids came closer than you'd think.

    Clara, 5: Cameras, but they’re broken and no one can take photos. It’s a sad movie for adults.

    Jillian, 7: It's about five broken cameras that can't get fixed, and then at the end they get fixed so everybody uses them again to take pictures. Before they were using them to take stuff they shouldn't have and that's why they broke.

    Evan, 6: A guy comes and drops the cameras a bunch of times.

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