Good family movies let you tap into the simple joy of watching a movie together. This is a pastime that can be enjoyed any time of the year, but especially on those lazy days when being together is all that counts. Unfortunately, depending on the age of your children, finding something that's appropriate for a family movie night can be a challenge.
Some classic family movies are musicals. The Sound of Music and Grease are both excellent choices. Grease sails through the '50s, when teens were just learning to assert themselves. While Grease is a classic family movie that is loved by just about every 'tween or teen female on the planet, some scenes include sexual references, drugs and illegal car racing. Olivia Newton-John's sudden transformation from good girl into greaser to get her man's attention may also raise a few eyebrows.
Movies with a Message
Some classic family movies incorporate lessons that should be followed by all. Very often, the movie's message is one that society does not want to hear or chooses to ignore.
Disney movies are usually masterfully created, with plenty of family moments and cute characters that your children will love. Disney is guilty of weaving sexual innuendos into their children's movies. While these messages are usually over the heads of youngsters, adults will catch and understand their meaning, as will older children, which can be a flaw. It's wise for parents to view Disney movies, even cartoons, before children are allowed to see them.
Magical worlds, heroic characters and good special effects never fail to entertain children. For parents, there's the thrill of revisiting films that you may have seen as a child or a teenager. Although some aspects of these films may look dated today, their stories still provide great entertainment.
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