The Top Ten Family Friendly Films For Family Movie NightThe Top Ten Family Friendly Films For Family Movie Night
Toy Story (1995, 1999, 2010): Rex: What if Andy gets another dinosaur? A mean one? I just don’t think I can take that kind of rejection! If you are a parent, chances are you already own at least one film from this stellar trilogy. Maybe, you’ve even watched it on an endless loop with your …
- Toy Story (1995, 1999, 2010): Rex: What if Andy gets another dinosaur? A mean one? I just don’t think I can take that kind of rejection! If you are a parent, chances are you already own at least one film from this stellar trilogy. Maybe, you’ve even watched it on an endless loop with your little ones and you really can’t imagine sitting to watch it on family movie night, again. Having any of the Toy Story films on in the background while you hurriedly prepare supper is not the same as sitting down with your family and some yummy snacks to watch this film from start to finish on family movie night. The creators have hidden some humor in there just for you and if you really pay attention you’ll realize the plots to these films are well developed and award worthy. Warning: You’ll need to own these films.
- E.T (1982): Elliot: I’m keeping him. You don’t have to admit to your kids that watching this film will immediately transport you back to your childhood and leave you a tad emotional. Relish in the fact the Speilberg’s masterpiece is as relevant for today as it was when you had to pay to see it in the theater over and over. Warning: You’ll be explaining about life before computer animated special effects.
- Up (2009): Charles Muntz: Adventure is our there. The first twenty minutes of this film may very well be telling the greatest love story of all time. Keep the tissue handy because your eyes will leak. You’ll be rewarded later on with some laugh out loud scenes but the damage will have been done after you’ve sobbed like a baby in front of your wife and kids. Kidding, of course, but you’ll cry and you’ll pretend it’s allergies, like the rest of us. Warning: No love story will ever compare.
- The Princess Bride (1987): Inigo Montoya: You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you. Has it been a while since you’ve enjoyed this Fairy Tale adventure? It’s time to remedy that and share, with your family, the fabulous cast of this film based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name. Warning: Your children will run around the house saying, “inconceivable” for weeks after seeing this film.
- Finding Nemo (2003): Dory: Just Keep Swimming. We’ve used Dory’s words over and over to encourage our children to never give up. This film has action, adventure, drama and comedy wrapped up in the lessons every child should learn. It’s a win from every angle so this is another one you’ll need to own. Warning: You will never get this address out of your head: P. Sherman 42, Wallaby Way, Sydney, Australia.
- The Karate Kid (1984): Kreese: Sweep the leg. Make sure your children are a little older before settling in to watch this classic on family movie night. There are dark moments but they exist to build towards one of the greatest underdog stories of all time. Warning: Your children will immediately ask to be signed up for Karate.
- Frozen (2013): Olaf: Some people are worth melting for. You’re tired of this one, already. You might even be annoyed to see it on this list. You will change your mind. Sometimes our children can watch movies over and over like maniacal little movie critics. This will settle down and you will be able to appreciate this movie again, someday. It truly is one of the best Disney films in decades. Warning: Your children will sing “Let it go” in their sleep and so will you.
- Field of Dreams (1989): The Voice: If you build it, he will come. Again, this is one for the older crowd. You must share with your family, one of the best sports films ever made. It reminds us that no dream is too big. Warning: Your children will turn your backyard into a baseball diamond.
- The Wizard of Oz (1939): Scarecrow: Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking don’t they? No film list is complete without MGM’s classic about a little girl who gets lost in OZ with some strange friends only to ultimately find her way. Arguably, the scariest film on the list; this one may cause a few nightmares if the kiddos aren’t ready for it. Warning: Once you turn your child onto musicals, there is no turning back.
- Elf (2003): Buddy: I just like to smile! Smiling’s my favorite. It may be a Christmas film but it’s so hilarious that you’ll be hooked any time of year. It slid onto this list because of its ‘watch again’ factor. You’ll wear this one out. Warning: The kids may have some questions after this one.
So, grab the snacks and put the phones away. These films and your family deserve your undivided attention on family movie night. Happy viewing.