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Plan A Family Movie Night Pick a movie... or two

Posted by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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By Jane Louise Boursaw

The list of family movies is endless -- from Disney classics like "The Shaggy Dog" and "The Aristocats" to modern-day favorites like "Harry Potter" and "Toy Story" (if you can stand to watch it one more time!). You can't go wrong with classic comedies -- the Marx Brothers, the Pink Panther series, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Kids of all ages love physical comedy. And it's never too early to introduce them to black & white comedies like "Bringing up Baby" and "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." The "Ma and Pa Kettle" series is also a favorite around our house.

 

Whatever movie you choose, family movie nights are a wonderful tradition that your kids will remember long into adulthood. You're not only spending fun, quality time with them, but also creating a bonding and learning experience for everyone. Now dim those lights and let the show begin! To help, here are some family movie suggestions.

Animated:

  • Monsters, Inc. (PG)
  • Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (G)
  • Ice Age (PG)
  • Shrek and Shrek 2 (PG)
  • Shark Tale (PG)
  • The Incredibles (PG)
  • Finding Nemo (G)
  • The Lion King (G)
  • Brother Bear (G)
  • The Aristocats (G)

 

Classics:

  • Mary Poppins (G)
  • The Sound of Music (G)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (G)
  • The Love Bug series (G)
  • That Darn Cat - 1965 (G)
  • The Shaggy Dog - 1959 (G)
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (G)
  • The Parent Trap - 1961 (G)

 

Action & Intrigue:

  • The Harry Potter Series (PG)
  • Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi (PG)
  • Back to the Future (PG)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)
  • National Treasure (PG)

 

Heart-Warmers:

  • The Rookie (G)
  • The Princess Diaries I and II (G)
  • Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 (PG)
  • Cheaper By the Dozen - 2003 (PG)
  • Daddy Day Care (PG)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie (PG)
  • Babe (G)

What are some of your family's favorite movies to watch together?

by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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Kainalu55
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

we do family movie nights!  we pick movies off of netflix

Kainalu55
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM

i also love having them watch movies my husband and I enjoyed as kids

MamaMandee
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM
We do that often too!

Quoting Kainalu55:

i also love having them watch movies my husband and I enjoyed as kids

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arthistmom
by Member on Mar. 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM

What, no Miyazaki films? His films are fantastic and great for family movie night. Our boys' favorite is My Neighbor Totoro, while Ponyo is a close second. They haven't seen the ones that are somewhat scary and have mature themes (Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) but we already have them on DVD for when they're old enough.

KaylaMillar
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

love monsters inc! 

lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Mar. 15, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Despicable Me, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, etc.

.Angelica.
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

we don't have many family movie nights. maybe when dd is older and will actually sit through a movie we can start it.

goddess99
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

We all like Wall-E and Monsters, Inc. I wish my dd would want to watch some classics.

AleaKat
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM
They LOVE wreck it Ralph
Harry potter- I'm a total Harry pothead! Lol
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