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
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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.