My children, like most, enjoy watching movies; we have our favorites but are always on the look out for new kid-friendly choices. We watch a lot of videos at home but also really enjoy the occasions when we go to the movies together. Before I buy or rent a movie, and especially before we go out to watch a movie I want to make sure it is a movie worth watching and suitable for my children. Trying to find out those two things can be a frustrating experience, I’ve have often spent hours searching the web trying to find out about a specific movie and how it would suit my children. The MPAA ratings are a start, but really don’t give me enough information to make an informed decision. This is where Ok.com comes to the rescue, I just found out about this website a few weeks ago, and it is just what I was looking for.
Ok.com is a social community of parents rating and reviewing movies, allowing other parents to make informed decisions about viewing that movie. Anyone can go to the website and learn about new movies that are playing and they can search for a specific movie (current or old) to see what other parents think of it. Movies are rated in 2 ways: 1) is it worth your time? and 2) what minimum age would you recommended it for? There are also reviews of the movies too. The people rating and reviewing aren’t critics but ordinary parents.
To join in you sign up for a free account – you can join using your email address or via Facebook. You can personalize your movie rating experience by inviting friends to join and following them to see how they rate movies you are considering seeing. The simplest way to do this is to sign up via Facebook then invite your FB friends, or if you don’t have Facebook you can sign up with an email address and invite specific friends that way.
When you want to find out about a movie you just search by it’s title, you can see some information about it such as release date, run time, producer, director and stars. If it has been reviewed or rated on OK.com you can see what % of the reviewers felt it was worth seeing, and what age they felt was appropriate for (this is also presented as a bar graph for more detailed information on the age rating). You can also read reviews of the movie. For movies available on video you can also see if it is available via Redbox or Netflix. For current movies you can also look to see what movies are playing in your local theaters and read their Ok.com ratings and reviews.
I have been using Ok.com for the past couple of weeks to research movies I have been thinking of buying or renting, to see if they are a good choice for my family. I’ve also used it to check out some movies I’ve already bought but not yet watched e.g. The Narnia Chronicles, to see if they are appropriate to watch with my nine-year-old or if I should watch them by myself the first time. We are going to be on Spring Break very soon, and I’ve been looking at the reviews of current movies to see what movies are a good choice to go and see whilst we are on holiday.
I’m just taking my first steps in reviewing movies on Ok.com myself – picking a few old favorites to review as a starting point, and then I’ll add more over time. It’s actually fun being a movie critic and easy to do, though it can be surprisingly hard to decide what is the right age to recommend.
I have found Ok.com a really useful website and one I will return to again and again. It is now my “go-to” site for reading movie reviews and ratings and I hope it will be a really useful resource for your family too, the more people that join the better the site will be. I hear they have future plans to also rate and review T.V. shows and video games as well.
My profile on ok.com is maryimum, when you sign up if you’d like to follow me I’ll follow you back – it would fun fun to build up a group of iMum fans over there and we can check out each other’s movie reviews and recommendations
The folks at Ok.com would really like The iMums followers to check them out and they have given us some wonderful prizes to share with our fans who do decide to join the Ok.com community. To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below. Apart from the Redbox tickets (USA only) the giveaway is open worldwide. To enter you must leave a blog post comment, join Ok.com (which is free) and rate and review at least 5 movies, you must also be either a Facebook fan or Twitter follower of the iMums. Good luck! OK.com is also currently running a March Madness giveaway on their website with more great prizes to be won.
Grand Prize: 1 Kindle Fire (Worldwide) – Carmen Mihaila
Runners Up Prizes: 2 winners of movie tickets (2 tickets to each winner at a theater near them) – Sharon Cosby, Kami Dumis
Third Prizes: 5 Redbox Winners (5 codes each) U.S. only. – Kalonni Tiffany, Erika Bell, Sammy Gumer, Colleen Boudreau, Jeanette Solimine
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).