School’s out, the temps where we live have soared to record highs, bathing suits are hanging off my porch – summer has arrived. My family has a lot of movie nights in the summer – I loved going to the drive-in as a kid and my husband and I try to hit up the one remaining drive-in (sad) in our city once a summer. A friend of mine has an outdoor movie night every summer and invites families to throw blankets and chairs down in their yard while they feature a family-friendly flick. Target sells an inflatable movie screen for about $150 or if you are ambitious you can rig your own.
A few years ago I wrote a blog about some of our favorite family flicks but as the kids have gotten older, so have our movie choices. I periodically bring out some oldies but goodies for my kids, and they have discovered some unlikely choices through friends (Bubble Boy anyone?). Here are some of our favorites (please note – some are inappropriate for younger viewers!). Sadly, not a lot of classics on this list. I am being completely honest as far as what my kids want to watch. If you are interested in a list of family classics, see Martin Scorcese’s list of picks for family films.
Our family movie picks:
School of Rock
Dodge Ball the Movie
any PG Adam Sandler movie – my kids are partial to Bubble Boy (see above) and Bedtime Stories
Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2 (Steve Martin remakes)
Toy Story – all of them
Bridge to Terabitha
The Muppets (the new movie with Jason Seigel)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess Diaries
Yours, Mine and Ours (the remake with Dennis Quaid)
Monsters vs. Aliens
Freaky Friday (the remake)
Stand by Me
WIlly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I like the Gene Wilder version – my kids like Johnny Depp)
E.T. (of course although my 12 year old is still terrified – she won’t watch)
The Blind Side
Plan B Mom is a mostly-stay-at-home mom of 3 who works from home but sees her main job as managing her family. When she is not taking care of her 12-year old and 10-year old girls, 8- year old son, two yellow labs, and husband – she is baking, running, carpooling, or helping with homework. She tries to stay organized to keep life running smoothly – or at least catastrophies at bay. Follow her on Twitter at @PlanBMom.