I haven’t been out on New Year’s Eve in 7 years. I’ll give you one guess at the age of my oldest kid. But it seems that staying home on New Year’s Eve is just a byproduct of being a parent. Even the babysitters wanna go out that night so if you have kids, you’re screwed. So it’s all about finding movies to watch with kids that you’ll enjoy too.
Because, let’s face it – the parents I know are debating about not what they’ll wear (pajama pants) or who they’ll see (their children every time they pop out of bed to ask for a glass of water) but which heinous kids TV show or movie they’ll be forced to watch.
What greater punishment is there than not only having to stay home on New Year’s Eve to take care of your own kids but also being forced to watch Calliou?
So here are my suggestions for the top nonsucky movies to watch with kids that YOU will actually enjoy too.
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Happy New Year and may the kids fall asleep before the closing credits roll.
The Princess Bride is my top choice because even if I wasn’t watching with kids, I’d still choose it. That’s how much I love it. No movie has ever been so quotable. Now say it with me, “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.”
Yes, I am a ginormous geek. But I adore Willow. Big people. Little people. Even littler people. Val Kilmer at his peak of sexiness. And that baby — no baby has ever had such an expressive face. And again, the quotes. Okay, that’s probably just me so I may say this one alone… “I STOLE A BABY!!!!!”
Despicable Me. Funny, funny, funny. I hear the opening credits with that awesome music under them and I come running. I also laugh out loud each time someone in real life says “pretty please,” because all I hear is the line from the movie, “The physical appearance of the please makes no difference.” Despicable Me 2? Meh.
The Goonies is such fun nostalgia for you and such fun mischief for your kids. You’ll enjoy remembering the hideous fashion choices you made in the 80s and they’ll enjoy picturing you wearing a useless folded bandana tied around your forehead for no good reason.
The Wizard of Oz never goes out of style. It never will. I’ve seen it more than I’ve seen any other movie ever and I love it every single time. Every. Single. Time. And so does my 7-year-old. And for some reason, he’s less afraid of those flying monkeys than I am, even today as a grown-up. Know what else is great about it? It’s looooong! Put it on and the kids will probably be passed out by the end of it. Carry ’em up to bed. End of story. Clink.
So cute. And hilarious. Just say the word “SQUIRREL!” to me and I’ll laugh. Also, contains the best, most effective montage in movie history. I defy you to remain dry-eyed at the end of it. But I promise, it’s nowhere but “UP” from there.
The original. It has to be the original. Funny, heartwarming, trippy as hell and good lessons for the kiddos. You’re a bad egg? You’ll fall down a chute and get ground up with the rest of the trash. WHAT? I didn’t say it, Willy Wonka did.
“Violet? You’re turning Violet, Violet!”
And here are some more of the best movies to watch with kids to add to your list:
The Iron Giant (I had never heard of this movie but the boys (7 and 3) both loved it so much)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Honestly, I could watch this one 20 times and not get bored)
WallE (Looks boring but isn’t. Has so much heart)
Babe (Everybody roots for the pig that thinks he’s a sheepdog)
How To Train Your Dragon (We all loved this one. I didn’t love the followup nearly as much but the boys still liked it)
Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Loved it)
The Incredible Mr. Fox (Really loved it)
Peabody & Sherman (My husband and the boys loved it. I liked it but mostly wanted to leaf through my US Weekly magazine)
Paddington Bear (Shockingly good. I didn’t look away at my phone or a magazine once)
Because of Winn Dixie (Old school feel good movie)
Monsters, Inc. (A classic, holds up to many repeated viewings)
The Lego Movie (Boys are obsessed, husband loved it, I thought it was okay)
Big Hero 6 (Mom loved this as much as the boys)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Big people, little people, lasers, family fun – what’s not to love?)
Finding Nemo (Just keep swimming, just keep swimming)
ET (There’s the momentary sadness of him dying but if you can get the kids through it, he’s back to life!)
Shrek (All 3 are pretty good but the first is good for many viewings)
Toy Story (all 3 are great)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (This one is LONG so choose it if you really want to spend some time snuggling with the kids. I will always love this movie and the boys do too)
Back to the Future (just about ready to introduce the 7yo to all 3 of these in the next year or two – there is some language/sexual situations so wait until you think your kid is ready)
The Muppet Movie (my husband’s pick)
Chicken Run (Very funny for everyone)
Home (The boys were crazy about this and I found it amusing)
The Sandlot (A favorite with my husband)
Cars (I thought this kinda sucked by my husband didn’t)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (I adore this movie and if your kids aren’t creeped out too easily, they will too)
James and the Giant Peach (Classic story, great for everyone)
The Neverending Story (A little creepy for me but everyone else adored it)
There you go. My picks for the best movies to watch with kids.
Be sure to read through the comments for more awesome non-sucky movies to watch with kids that you can enjoy too!
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