Although we’re right in the middle of vacation season, there’s a good chance that you had to stay home this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus has meant a radical change in pace for us and for our kids, so it’s normal if you feel frustrated and are not really sure what to do these days.
Fortunately, there are incredible entertainment platforms like Netflix, which has an endless selection of fun movies to make these days of confinement easier. Why not watch a few with your kids?
We know how huge the Netflix catalog is, so in today’s article, we’re going to share our roundup of the best family movies on the platform. We’re sure that all of them will give you and your loved ones a reason to smile. Let’s have a look!
Jumanji is a classic family movie that your kids will love if they haven’t seen it yet. The young Alan Parrish gets sucked into a haunted board game that, years later, falls into the hands of siblings Pete (Bradley Pierce) and Nora (Kirsten Dunst). When they start a new Jumanji game, all kinds of calamities are released from the board, including Alan, who is now an adult (Robin Williams). You’ll have a blast following the adventures of this trio as they try to finish the board game and put everything that came out of it back into the magic box.
Matilda is a timeless family movie from the 1990s. The film is based on a story by Roald Dahl in which a young genius named Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) lives a sad life and is ignored by her neglectful family. But one day Matilda develops psychokinetic abilities and uses them to teach a lesson to anyone who is up to no good. Fun, sweet and charming, Matilda is a film that kids and adults will love without exception.
If you want to spend an afternoon laughing non-stop, Ghostbusters is the perfect film to watch with your kids. Follow the adventures of a group of eccentric parapsychologists made up of Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) who start a ghost-hunting business in New York City. While most of their cases are easy and even funny (who doesn’t smile at the memory of Slimer?), the protagonists are in for a surprise when they discover that the apartment of Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) is the gateway for Gozer, a demigod from another dimension. He has been waiting a long time to enter our world and take it over… In situations like these, who you gonna call?
Your kids probably know all the lines from Jurassic World by heart and have the stuffed animal version of the cute velociraptor Blue at home, but… have they seen the movie that started it all? Jurassic Park begins when John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) and his team of experts discover a method to bring dinosaurs back to life using DNA from mosquitoes fossilized in amber. He builds a dinosaur zoo on Isla Nublar and invites paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Satler (Laura Dern), along with Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Golblum) and his grandchildren, Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards), to check it out. Everything is going well until a greedy computer programmer at the park (Wayne Knight) turns off the fences to steal some dinosaur embryos. After the power failure, the dinosaurs escape from their enclosure, and adventure ensues. The scene where the T-Rex takes off Dr. Grant’s hat is legendary.
The Harry Potter film series
Few books for children and teens have created as much of a stir in recent years as the Harry Potter series. In it, J.K Rowling introduced us to a world of magic and imagination where wizards coexist with oblivious humans. Follow the adventures of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), The Boy Who Lived, from his beginnings as a wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to his final confrontation with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Lord Voldemort. The Harry Potter film series is perfect for children, teens and adults who need a little magic in their lives… and there are seven movies to watch! Perfect to last you all summer.
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE ON NETFLIX
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS ON NETFLIX
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN ON NETFLIX
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE ON NETFLIX
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX ON NETFLIX
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE ON NETFLIX
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART I ON NETFLIX
- WATCH HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II ON NETFLIX
School of Rock
Do you live with teens who love music? School of Rock is a fun comedy in which Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, an amateur musician who’s going through some hard times. His band has replaced him with a guitarist named Spider, he doesn’t have enough money to pay his rent, and of course, he has no job. But by a twist of fate, Finn is able to pass for a substitute teacher at a school, where he encourages his students to start a band. His objective is clear: to win first prize in the prestigious Battle of the Bands competition. Will he manage to turn some kids into rock stars during school without anyone finding out?
The Neverending Story
Based on the classic fantasy novel by Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is one of those timeless films that all kids should watch once in their lives. It follows the adventures of Bastian Baltasar Bux (Barret Oliver), a child whose mother recently died and who is being bullied at school. To escape from reality, Bastian devours fantasy books, much to his father’s disapproval. One day, while being chased by bullies on his way home from school, Bastian finds in a bookstore a book called The Neverending Story and decides to “borrow” it so he can read it. The book tells the tale of Atreyu (Noah Hathaway), a young hero who must travel through the kingdom of Fantastica to defeat The Nothing. As Bastian reads the book and connects with Atreyu, fiction seems to slowly turn into reality… Want to find out how this neverending story ends? It’s the perfect film to watch with your family.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Even after all these years, SpongeBob continues to be a favorite among kids’ cartoon series. Its irreverent humor and hilarious situations are sure to raise a smile whether you’re a kid or an adult. Why not watch it with your kids? This time, SpongeBob must leave Bikini Bottom to recover the Krabby Patty secret sauce recipe, which has been stolen by a pirate. As usual, he will be joined by Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Sandy Cheeks and the annoying Plankton. Want to watch it?
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
If you’re itching to watch more movies about the sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, check out The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. In it, Bob and his troupe of irreverent friends must recover King Neptune’s crown. Will they succeed?
After the recent premiere of Trolls 2, why not watch the first film with your kids? This animated movie is based on the cute dolls that were all the rage in the ’80s. We’ll meet Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick), a funny troll who spends her day singing, dancing and living happily-ever-after with her friends. However, on the day of the Trollstice, the evil and hungry Bergens capture a large number of subjects from Poppy’s kingdom, spurring the young woman to embark on a dangerous quest to rescue them. Fun, optimistic and full of color and good music, Trolls is a film that will delight kids and adults alike.
We hope you liked our roundup of movies to watch with your family. What’s your favorite family movie? Tell us about it in the comments section!