So it’s movie night at the house and you’re picking something to watch with the kids. You can’t tolerate another night of purple dinosaurs or Disney princesses, and they’re not really interested in that History Channel documentary on the Battle of Dunkirk or your Super Bowl highlight tapes. Some sort of middle ground is needed — a selection of movies that’s appropriate and engaging for kids or young teens that you’d want to see as well.
Good news: There’s now a handful of choices that both you and your offspring will dig — the last decade or so has seen a virtual renaissance of kid-friendly movies that will neither give you diabetes or drive you up the wall. And ever since Pixar upped the ante on animated features, you no longer have to sit through cloying cartoons from the House of Mouse. That’s not even taking account of the fact that, thanks to streaming services and the abundance of DVD/Blu-ray reissues, you can now find the movies you grew up loving at the drop of a hat as well. The sky’s the limit.
We’ve put together a quick list for what to watch with your son or daughter: 25 films ranging from vintage Saturday-matinee adventures to triumph-of-the-underdog sports movies and comedies hilarious for all ages. Because every kid wants to share the experience of seeing a movie with their parents — and every kid deserves to know the joy of a good old-fashioned Rudy slow clap.