With summer break now here for students all across the country, kids of all ages are looking for activities with which to fill their time (once their chores are done, of course). Some older students may be taking summer classes to get ready for college, while others are going to tackle that latest video game to see if they can finish it before July. At LearningRx, our franchise locations look forward to working with students throughout the summer, as we believe brain training is a year-round endeavor. We also know that kids don’t want to be in a classroom or learning center when they don’t have to, and in this blog, we’ll look at some films that focus on a character’s brainpower. They can be great options for those lazy summer days when all a kid wants to do is watch a movie!
1. Good Will Hunting
This is the movie that made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck famous, and for which they won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Damon plays a gifted young man who solves complex equations on a Harvard blackboard while working as a janitor. He’s also dealing with some personal issues, and the emotional complexity paired with stellar acting makes this story about a genius trying to find his way in the world speak to many older students. There are some adult themes and language, so parents may want to preview this film beforehand.
This is a movie that literally takes place inside the mind, and without spoiling too much, it deals with the power of suggestion and how crazy the inside of a person’s head can be. Leonardo Dicaprio leads an amazing cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Ellen Page, and it can require multiple viewings before you grasp what really happened in the end.
3. A Beautiful Mind
This film makes a lot of lists that feature the brain, and Russell Crowe’s depiction of real-life mathematician and cryptographer John Nash is perhaps the role he will always be best known for (next to Maximus in Gladiator). Nash is a troubled genius who broke new ground in mathematics, but his personal life soon catches up with him.
4. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The master detective gets a bit of a twist in this depiction directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. Holmes’ powers of observation and focus show just how powerful his brain was, and uncovers a bit more of the genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created the original tales.
If you have a son or daughter who’s looking for movies that focus on the brain that they can watch this summer, or you’re looking for films that deal with the power of the mind, check out some of these on our list. If you’re interested in learning more about our brain training franchise opportunities, contact us today and a member of our team will speak with you about how you can open a learning center in your community.