Minow took on her Movie Mom persona when her children, Ben, now 25, and Rachel, 23, were small. She’d go to the video store, she says, and “see parents standing in front of the new releases shelf looking confused and helplessly asking people walking by, ‘Is “The Nutty Professor” okay for a 6-year-old’s birthday party?’ I’d say, ‘No, it’s not.’ ”
Sensing a void, she created a rudimentary Web site of movie criticism for parents about 15 years ago, just as the Internet was becoming a phenomenon. Her blog eventually wound up on Yahoo!, where, after a year of unpaid postings, she received what she calls a “decent part-time salary.”
Two years ago, Steve Waldman, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Beliefnet.com, a Web site devoted to faith and spiritual issues, wooed Minow to his site with the promise of a wider audience and the chance to write more general cultural criticism along with her reviews. Her Movie Mom page gets 150,000 to 200,000 visits a month, making Minow, “one of our most popular writers,” Waldman says.
The OFCS congratulates Minow on this prestigious coverage of her work.