Secrets of the Mountain – Family Movie Night – April 16, 2010 on NBC

Family Movie Night is coming back to television thanks to Walmart and Proctor & Gamble Productions. “People tell us that they want more shows to watch together as a family, or appealing to all family members,” says Marc Pritchard, P&G global marketing officer. “Tell everyone that ‘Family Movie Night’ is back.”

The first movie, ‘Secrets of the Mountain‘ is airing tomorrow night, April 16, 2010, on NBC starring Paige Turco and Barry Bostwick. I was invited to a pre-screening of ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ in Montreal a few weeks ago and was more than a little impressed.

Family Viewing for All Ages

As the mother of a 15 year old and a 20 year old it’s become increasingly difficult to find family fare on television or DVD that isn’t aimed only at the younger kids. ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ really is for all ages. I can see families with younger kids, teens, parents and grandparents all gathering together to watch ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ and enjoying it.

Characters Were Very Believable and Real

This is not a perfect family. These are every day people who make every day mistakes.

The story revolves around a divorced mother with a demanding job, two moody teens and a precocious pre-teen. At the beginning of the movie they aren’t connecting as a family but by working together and supporting each other through the adventure they come to realize that they can rely on each other.

The teens were very realistic – the clothes they wore, the words they used and even the txt messages they sent were very in tune with today’s teens.

The movie portrays the kids as smart, but unlike many TV shows and movies lately, it doesn’t portray the adults as bumbling fools. There’s a believable level of respect between the kids and the adults.

Action, Adventure, and Great Effects

Without giving away the plot, I can say that the movie is packed with action, some puzzle solving, and amazing video effects. The sets and effects make this one of the most visually stunning television movies I’ve seen in a long while. The official ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ trailer gives you a taste of the detail that went into it:

Amazing Soundtrack Produced by Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson produced a great soundtrack that really brings this movie to life and introduces some great new up and coming musical talent. Check out what Randy Jackson has to say about the soundtrack:

Walmart Moms Review ‘Secrets of the Mountain’

Some of the other Walmart Moms attended a pre-screening of ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ in New York recently. Here’s what Renee Ross, Lori Falcon, Lynnae McCoy, Erika Lehmann and Audrey McClelland had to say:

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ and I love the fact that Walmart and Proctor and Gamble Productions have come together to bring Family Movie Night back. I’ll be watching tomorrow night on NBC with my family and I hope all of you do too. If you want to see more quality family programming on television remember to vote with your remote and tune in tomorrow night!

Disclosure: As mentioned above I am one of the Walmart Moms and I was flown to Montreal to preview ‘Secrets of the Mountain’ but my opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this review.