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The Top 10 Things I Learned From Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
by Melanie Bockmann

Scrat the squirrel is at it again—frantically trying to collect nuts and hide them. Only this time, his nutty ways actually have global consequences, and the entire land mass splits into continents, separating family and friends in an adventure that includes ice ships, sea pirates, teenage temper tantrums, new friends…and new continents…  A few days ago, I dodged the Northwest’s mini-heat wave and took some time to see Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. The movie itself was entertaining, and there were some funny parts. I do have some comments to share...  

Icres 1 asked me to specifically talk about one phrase from the movie, when a giant crab appears and one of the characters says, “Holy crab!” It’s meant to be funny, like a pun, because when people hear it, they immediately think of the “c” word, even though the character doesn’t actually say it. It’s not something I suggest you repeat, for a couple of reasons. First, Ephesians 5:4 says there shouldn’t be “obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place”—and that’s kind of what the character is doing by implying the “c” word. Secondly, the word “holy” means that someone or something has been set apart for use by God. So to pair the word holy with the other word…well, it’s tasteless and kind of irreverent…and definitely not cool. Fortunately, that was the only phrase I noticed like that. 

As with pretty much all movies, there were some positives and some negatives. Here are the top 10 messages I got from the movie: 

Positive messages:
1. Choose your “herd” wisely. If your friends are mean to others, then they might be mean to you, too.  
2. Don't say anything you can’t take back, especially since you don’t know if you will get an opportunity. 
3. Friends always have each other’s back. 
4. Family is one of the most important gifts we have. 
5. In times of crisis, we figure out what truly matters to us. 
6. We are all in danger of being lured away by our own evil desires. 

Negative messages:
1. It’s OK to smack other people if they say something we think is stupid. 
2. It’s OK to disrespect old people, as long as you’re still taking care of them. 
3. It’s OK to call people names.
4. If you disobey your parents, they will come to their senses and trust you with more privileges. 

Now you know what I thought! I’d love to hear your thoughts… 



+2 #13 Quirky 2013-11-19 21:25
its funny how you guys say that the movie teaches bad values and has inappropriate things in it but in the same sentence you say the movie is 'harmless'...we ird :o
+2 #12 wgreer99 2013-04-13 19:11
great movie
+3 #11 rideuphill 2013-01-19 06:23
I didn't like that all of a sudden Peaches changes from a little baby to a rebelious teen all of a sudden, when nobody else changed. I also thought the granny was mistreated.
+2 #10 Anaya.R 2013-01-09 06:32
January 8,2013 :-) hi I'm going to watch Iec age 4 today soon I so agree though to let you know . You are so right but that how I kind of want to spend time with family . Name : Anaya .R :-)
0 #9 Hadassa 2012-12-08 23:52
haven't watched it...lol... probably won't.
-7 #8 Emmy4Christ 2012-11-21 14:45
I remember when I watched this movie. There was one big negative thing I watched it in though that ruined the whole movie for me...where Sid and that tiger accidentally kiss, and they kind of make it seem a bit...weird, if you know what I mean. I didn't like that one bit.
+43 #7 Strong_Arm_Luc 2012-08-18 23:04
First my real name is Lucas. Second, Thanx Melanie for the blog I appreciate it, it's improved me now. Third, my thoughts are that these days they teach kids the wrong things about life, so that they can make more money. But it was harmless and very funny. I love them! But we all have to put God #1!! P.S. You can find my topic about the Ice Age 4 movie at the Discussion board and Melanie's answer. May God bless you and keep you safe. :-) ;-) 8)
+4 #6 Cupcake 2012-08-18 20:29
I watched the movie, but i had no idea that it had a bad sentance! P.S. Sid said holy crab.
+12 #5 Bunnyluv789 2012-08-18 00:42
What are they teaching kids these days ??? :eek:
+13 #4 Bree_girl_of_God 2012-08-18 00:09
Lol I loved that movie but yeah I totally agree that pun line wasn't very nice -_-... But apart form that I think the movie was pretty nice and harmless :3

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