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Any suggestions of DVDs to buy for a soon-to-be 14-yr-old boy?

Asked by Adagio (12386points) October 27th, 2012

A little more detail about the young man concerned, he is intelligent, articulate and has a reading age beyond most 14-year-olds, he has a quirky sense of humour (I know he enjoys an animated programme called Family Guy). I’m afraid I can’t give you any more specifics because I have only met him on a handful of occasions. If you fire titles at me I’ll watch the trailers online.

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augustlan's avatar

My husband and I just watched The Avengers, and it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in quite a while. Loads of fun! We liked it so much we want to buy the DVD at some point, so even if he’s seen it, he’d probably still like to own it. It’s PG-13, so the rating is good for his age.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

You’d have to describe him more, if you want to get specific answers. If he likes action/adventure, could always get him something “safe”, like “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. You could also ask his folks for tips as well, and they would know what he has/doesn’t have.

JLeslie's avatar

I agree Avengers. Along that same vein is the Iron Man movies if he hasn’t seen them. Iron man is in the Avengers, and the Iron man movie tells you how he became Iron Man.

I love Independence Day with Will Smith. It must be 10 years old now, but if he has never seen it, it’s good.

It would be great to know what he is interested in. Classic movies like The Right Stuff or Shawshank Redemption. The Breakfast Club is a great coming of age movie. Can’t Buy Me Love also was a cute teenage movie.

SuperMouse's avatar

It would be really hard to recommend something without a bit more information. My son is turning 14 at the end of this week and I think he would enjoy The Avengers. He would also like a James Bond movie, something action-filled or something science fiction like Prometheus. Honestly my 14 year-old would prefer a CD, an itunes gift card, or even a book. My son is a voracious reader and loved The Maze Runner series by James Dashner.

Kardamom's avatar

Me and all of my cousins were introduced to the original BBC series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at about that age, and all of us, male and female, were hooked. You can check it out Here

2 movies, which went on to become cult classics, from my formative years in the late 70’s are I Want to Hold Your Hand and 1941. These 2 movies are quite different than most Steven Spielberg productions. Several of the actors appear in both movies and they are quite memorable, especially Wendy Jo Sperber and Eddie Deezen who play some of the funniest characters I’ve ever seen in movies. There is also a scene in 1941, featuring Slim Pickens, who has been taken captive on a Japanese submarine, that will make you “poop your pants” with hilarity. Both movies are very intelligent and extremely funny. A mature 14 year old will not only appreciate the humor, they’ll feel quite superior for having the intellect to really understand them. You can read more about them Here and Here

Of couse, don’t forget about Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV show, or the movie (which has multitudes of funny quotable quotes) Monty Python and The Holy Grail. My brother was 16 when he and his friends (all the super smart kids at school) first watched this movie, and they went around quoting it. I knew all of the quotes before I saw the movie. Enjoy this clip of The Knights sho say Nee

One of my favorite movies, also from that same time period (forgive me if I’m dating myself, but some great stuff came out in the late 70’s and early 80’s) was Young Sherlock Holmes I’m a Sherlock Holmes junkie and I thought this was a really great “imagined” story of how the detective came to be who he became in his later years. I had forgotten that this movie is also a Steven Spielberg production, so there is some great Indiana Jones-style adventure with some nifty special effects (especially when the characters in a stained glass window come to life and start attacking).

If your young man has any interest in Sherlock Holmes, like I do (verging on obsession) he might also like the current modern version called Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This version has amazingly quirky, intelligent, quick back and forth dialogue. The clues come at you like machine gun fire and it’s wonderful to watch “Sherlock’s” mind working like a computer to figure it out. It has a great ensemble cast too.

A more recent, very funny cult movie about teenaged life is Napoleon Dynamite Check out this funny clip of Jon Heder, the actor who plays Napoleon Dynamite on Letterman They really turned Jon Heder into an awesome nerd. In real life, he’s quite a cutie.

cheebdragon's avatar

I’d say porn, but that’s probably not appropriate for you to give him. People are super picky about movies, just take him to a store and let him pick one out, or getting a gift certificate is IMO the best gift.

Adagio's avatar

Thank you for all your suggestions, I can see I need to get information/suggestions from his parents, I guess I wanted to avoid asking them but your wide and varied answers made me realise there are just too many possibilities and I need to narrow things down considerably.
@augustlan when you mentioned The Avengers I automatically thought of the British programme and was rather surprised when I watched the trailer, well, the first few seconds of the trailer anyway : ^)

mangeons's avatar

I’d agree with @augustlan and @Kardamom and suggest both The Avengers as well as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Both fantastic movies that he’ll be sure to like!

I’m gonna go watch Monty Python now!

jazmina88's avatar

I too, was thinking a boy that age would love Debbie Does Dallas. or a Playboy, Hustler, etc. It would come in handy.

cheebdragon's avatar

Everyone should see The Jerk at least one time in their life, it’s full of life lessons.

Kardamom's avatar

^^ That’s an oldie, but a goodie : )

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