If you were to gather my family’s computers and gadgets all in one place and poke through them, I have no doubt that the app used the most, collectively, would be the IMDb app. When you’re watching a show and somebody says, “Hey, it’s that guy—you know, the guy who was in that show with the woman who was in Seinfeld“, or whatever, you can go to the show and follow the breadcrumbs back to that guy. Release dates, trivia, goofs, you name it. We use it constantly.
Of course, we don’t do anything like normal people. Several years ago, the Short Kid thought it would be funny to try to say the name phonetically. IM-duh-BAH. It made us laugh and, once something makes us laugh, it never dies. And we don’t say it normally, either. When a movie or television show question comes up, one of us will yell “To IM-duh-BAH!” in much the same way you’d yell “To the Bat Cave!”.
Judging by the looks we get when we’re out in public, this is far more amusing to us than to other people. We don’t really care.
On a more serious note, since the Short Kid’s twelve now, I’ve found their Parent Guide invaluable. Each movie has one and it breaks down exactly why a movie got its rating. In detail. For instance, “the word shit is used twelve times” or “a woman’s naked back is shown, with a glimpse of her breast” or “a man is shot in the head; not too graphic, but there is blood spray”. Between his parents and a 17-year-old older brother, a lot of R-rated movies are on SK’s radar, and I like being able to see why it got that rating. Language and some violence, we’re okay with it. Sexual content, not so much. But the degree/kind of violence also matters. I’ll take him to see Die Hard 5 with us, no problem, but he’s apparently the only kid in his whole school who’s not allowed to watch The Walking Dead. (Lie.)
So the next time you’re trying to remember the name of That Guy in a movie, or you want to know just why that movie’s PG-13 instead of PG, to IM-duh-BAH!