Now that my kids are older, ages 9 and 6, we enjoy watching movies together. It can be a challenge, though, to find appropriate movies that appeal to both boys and girls, 9-year-olds and 6-year-olds, and parents and kids. The following 5 movies are flicks we all like and, for one reason or other, aren’t as obvious as, say, Finding Nemo or Shrek.
I’m sharing our faves today in hopes that there’s a title below that you have yet to discover and enjoy!
1. Swiss Family Robinson
It’s the 1800s and a family is shipwrecked while traveling to New Guinea. Mother, Father, and their three sons build an elaborate home in the trees, frolic with exotic wildlife, meet new island friends, learn to love the simple life, and ward off pirates in this Disney classic. 126 minutes, 1960, so old it’s not rated, but probably would have been a G or PG.
2. Furry Vengeance
A man moves his family to a house in the woods so the construction company he works for can build a new subdivision. The woodland animals are not amused and fight back! My son loves the potty humor (i.e., the dad gets trapped in a port-a-potty) and my daughter loves the animals. I like the bad guys, played with goofy fun by Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Angela Kinsey (The Office). 92 minutes, 2010, Rated PG
3. Aliens in the Attic
An extended family rents a home on Lake Michigan for their summer vacation. Small aliens land on the house and take control of all the adults, including Kevin Nealon (Saturday Night Live) and Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond). The kids, however, are immune to the aliens’ mind control and fight back. Watch for Ricky, the teenage daughter’s legally adult boyfriend who everybody hates, to be manipulated in silly ways by the aliens. 86 minutes, 2009, Rated PG
4. Harry and the Hendersons
The Henderson family literally run over Bigfoot in the woods near Seattle. Thinking he’s dead, they take him home, where he promptly wakes up and wreaks havoc in their house. While they come to see Harry for the gentle, kind beast he is, most of Seattle fears he is a monster and hunt him. Will Harry survive? Will he return to the woods? Is Bigfoot real? 110 minutes (a little long for the preschool crowd), 1987, Rated PG, with the s— word!
5. The Land Before Time II – The Great Valley Adventure
This is a cartoon tale of dinosaur kids who become friends and try to survive in prehistoric times. I’ve listed the second of the series of twelve because that’s the one we started with and loved the most. Sometimes the dinosaurs sing, which is a good or bad thing depending on your mood!
I don’t know what it is about The Land Before Time series, but my kids loved them all for at least 2 summers. I was sad when my 9-year-old finally outgrew it last year. 73 minutes, 1994, Rated G
What are your favorite family flicks? Please share in the comments!
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