Dear Hollywood Executives, Producers, Directors and Screenwriters,

I love movies -- so much so that I make my living watching and writing about them. I'm also a mother of three kids under the age of 10. So it's with considerable professional and personal expertise that I ask you to please, for the love of previews and popcorn, make better family films. Why? Because so many of the movies released in the genre are, as my 6-year-old daughter likes to say, stinkalicious. They seem more like gimmicky ploys than well-thought-out projects.