What I Learned Watching 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians'

My kids -- 11, 8, and 8 -- and I finally got around to renting Percy Jackson and  the Olympians: Lightning Thief. As with most every event I attend with my kids, this was a learning adventure -- not for them, but for me. Here are some of the things I asked, learned, wondered or noticed from watching Percy (Logan Lerman), Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) hit the trail to Olympus:

* Is it okay to encourage kids to love Vegas? The Vegas scenes in Percy seemed like a tween version of The Hangover or a special Sin City episode of iCarly, neither of which seems particualry appropriate, or necessary.

* Don't ask your book-loving kid how a movie differs from the novel unless you have an hour to kill. My son answered the one question by mentioning scene after scene, nonessential detail after nonessential detail. (Add another half-hour if your kid knew a lot about mythology in the first place).

* Did Grover really need to be the joke-cracking, show-dancing, lady-lovin’ supporting character we see so often on TV? Jackson seemed to be making the opposite point in Tropic Thunder.

* When teens strive too hard to look and sound contemporary, they might as well be space aliens. I didn't read novelist Rick Riordan's book, but this movie was like The Chronicles of Narnia meets The Electric Company. Percy had little of Twilight's romantic mush, Narnia's majesty or Harry Potter's magic, but he definitely had Justin Bieber's hair.

Did you and your children have different reactions to Percy Jackson and The Olympians? Chime in now!

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