Youth Group Movies

It’s easy to do the youth group movie night with the availability of data projectors and all the home theatre stuff that’s around these days, and it’s a good fun night! But you know it’s always hard to pick a movie that everyone wants to see… No matter what movie you choose there’s always someone who’s seen the movie a thousand times or half the group thinks it’s lame, and then you have the ratings issue about whether it’s appropriate… As a general rule we usually only show PG (Australia) rated movies to young people of high school age (12-18 years old) but we have done a Lord of the Rings movie marathon which is M rated and we did watch Avatar also M rated.

So how do you pick a movie they haven’t all seen, is PG or appropriate, and will be enjoyable to watch?

Solution: Go back to the 80’s & 90’s!

Most young people haven’t seen anything that’s more than 10-12 years old and there are plenty of classic (and a bit cheesy) films which are fun to watch and at the very least funny to laugh at! So even if the movie isn’t brilliant the young people have a good laugh at early attempts at special effects, and you as a leader get to reminisce about your own adolescence!

So here’s some ideas for youth group movie nights. Of course, there’s been a couple of times I shown movies that I remember as being fun and innocent as a kid and when I’ve watched as an adult I’ve realised there’s a few awkward scenes or a bit a swearing… so be cautious with the movies below! I’ll put a note next to it if I remember anything special to consider.

I’d really love it if you could let me know about other movies you’ve watched with your youth group or ideas for movies not mentioned here. Just put it in a comment.

Here goes:

  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
  • The Goonies (has some awkward kissy scenes and they say sh*t a lot)
  • The Princess Bride (this has been shown at every youth group since time began…)
  • Rebel without a cause (classic!)
  • Original Star Wars trilogy
  • Young Einstein
  • Wayne’s World 1 (a bit of sexual innuendo)
  • Wayne’s World 2 (a bit of sexual innuendo)
  • Karate kid 1 & 2 (the originals, not the reboot)
  • B.R.A.T. Patrol
  • The boy who could fly
  • Never ending story
  • Gremlins 1
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Paul Newman and Robert Redford)
  • The Sting (Paul Newman and Robert Redford)

these following movies are absolute B-grade… they’re so bad that suffering through them together is kind of fun… in a sadistic kind of way I guess…

  • The Super Mario Brothers movie (really bad)
  • Batman and Robin (with Arnie!)
  • Karate kid 3 & 4
  • Reckless Kelly
  • Gremlins 2

8 thoughts on “Youth Group Movies

  1. Josie and the Pussycats is a sure fire winner. They may think it’s lame before they watch it, but they’ll be in love by the time it finishes.
    Last year we watched a movie called Saved for a youth movie night. It’s M rated and has some things in it that are inappropriate, but we watched it as an exercise in critiquing movies and culture. After we watched the movie we pulled it apart and discussed the portrayal of Christianity in the movie and compared it to the Bible. Worked really well (and we got parental permission before we did it)

  2. I can’t remember what ones we’ve watched but I know that often our youth minister has done some techie thing where he edits scenes out to make movies suitable.

  3. I vote ‘Bill and Teds Bogus Journey’!! i didnt know there was such thing!
    But ‘Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure’ was pretty funny at SOC!

    P.s. Niamh and i are dressing up anyway… cause we feel like it:)

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