We are a family of movie lovers. There are few activities we like more than curling up on the sofa with some popcorn to watch our favourite family flicks. So I asked the family to join me in picking our top 5 family movies. It wasn't easy, because there are plenty of great family movies, but we narrowed our selections by choosing movies that all four of us enjoy (ie. they are entertaining for both boys and girls as well as Mom and Dad). So no Barbie movies (although my guilty confession is that I love those Barbie movies!) Read on for the list.
But first, a snack. When the January blues hit, you need to take advantage of life's small pleasures - like hot cocoa, warm blankets and cuddly dogs. On a recent movie night, we enjoyed treats courtesy of Popcorn, Indiana - Popcorn, Indiana popcorn is made from non-GMO corn, without added preservatives, colourings or artificial flavours.
Popcorn, Indiana's fit popcorn is all natural, whole grain, gluten free and 40 calories or less per cup. The sea salt and olive oil varieties are vegan-friendly and NON-GMO Project Verified. We sampled the sea salt flavour on our recent popcorn-and-a-movie night. I confess I was a bit worried that the children would find it too plain (in comparison to decadent movie theatre popcorn), but I needn't have worried. My son kept saying, "This is soooo good!" I'll definitely get this again, since it makes a healthy yet appealing snack choice for the kids (and me!).
My favourite type of popcorn is caramel corn. I was happy to learn that Popcorn, Indiana has an all natural caramel popcorn that's vegan-friendly (not made with butter like so many other caramel popcorns). And it's delicious! In fact, I am inclined to eat the whole bag myself. Like, I have to ask my husband to take the bag away from me. Seriously. It's that tasty. It's also fat-free (which is not to say there are no calories).
Check out the other varieties (some vegan, some not) of Popcorn, Indiana popcorn on their website. (Not all varieties are available in Canada.) The company uses special kettles, filled by hand by real people, to produce their tasty popcorn.
The puppies like to cuddle in and watch movies too (and grab as much dropped popcorn as possible). Dogs make great foot-warmers too! You don't hear that benefit of having dogs mentioned often enough as far as I'm concerned.
Without further ado, here are our fave family movies. (I'll just bet the anticipation was killing you.)
Our Top 5 Family Movies
1. Kicking and Screaming (2005)
I adore this movie. It's meant for kids, but I request it more than my children do. It stars funnyman Will Ferrell as Phil, a gentle soul raised by an overbearing and competitive father named Buck (played by Robert Duvall). When Buck, coach of a successful little-league soccer team, benches Phil's son Sam, Phil decides to coach his son on an underdog team, with the help of football player Mike Ditka (playing himself). It's funny and cute and very family-friendly. Trust me on this one.
2. Despicable Me (2010)
This is my son's first choice of family movie. The only animated movie on our list, this sweet film stars the voice of Steve Carell as Gru, a supervillain who becomes the unlikely adoptive parent of three little orphan girls. Gru is initially on a quest to become known as the greatest thief who ever lived. There is lots of action and some very cute yellow minions, but ultimately it's the beauty of Gru's growing bond with the three little girls that draws me to this film.
3. School of Rock (2003)
My husband (the guitar player and school teacher) chimed in with this one. But we all love Jack Black as Dewey Finn, a ne'er-do-well metal guitarist and unqualified supply teacher determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. I love the great Joan Cusack as Principal Mullins too.
4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
A favourite of my little girl (and also of my sister). Dorothy. Toto. A yellow brick road. You know the drill. A classic.
5. Bedtime Stories (2008)
This had to be on the list simply because we have watched it sooo many times! Apparently it didn't go over well with critics, but my family enjoys this story about Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman trying to win back management of the hotel that is his father's legacy. The film follows Skeeter as he discovers that the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew begin to come true. It's pure fantasy and fun.
My husband and my son also wanted me to put Nacho Libre on the list, but I just couldn't. Sorry.
What's your favourite family movie? What flavour of popcorn would you eat while watching it?
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