I’m really pleased to share with you this solid list of movies for your summer-family-viewing pleasure and introduce you to Adam Watson, a hilarious friend of mine who happens to blog about “not lame” family-friendly movies. Be sure to head over to his blog, Sunday Movies, to get full reviews for every movie listed below. I promise you two things if you do: 1) you’ll get some good info on a movie you can feel comfortable watching with the family and 2) you’ll laugh.
Yes, that’s a long title, but I felt obligated to add the “lame” clause since most movies presented as “fun for the whole family” are usually lame. (Sorry, Air Bud, you’re a talented dog and everything, but it just won’t work between us.)
I tried to mix it up a bit with my movie choices while staying within the non-lame family-friendly framework. Still, there’s a strong possibility that you will hate this list. I can live with that. And like Celine Dion, my heart will go on.
But if you can find a small place in your cinematic soul for even one or two of these movies, I guarantee you will be just a little bit happier, just a little bit closer to your family, and just a little bit more prepared if you’re ever in a life-or-death situation that rides solely on your knowledge of pre-1980s movie trivia.
1. Hook (1991)
A man masquerading as a burglar hooks up with a French forger’s daughter to steal Venus. And when I say “Venus” I don’t mean the planet. And when I say “planet” I don’t mean Pluto because that’s not a planet anymore.
After an accident in the science lab at Medfield College, Kurt Russell becomes the strongest man in the world, not to mention the strongest man ever to give an uncredited Elvis impersonation in the movie Forrest Gump.
Twins separated at birth find each other and concoct a plan to get their divorced parents back together, all while uttering hip phrases such as “Dirty darn” and “Nothing could be greater, say hey alligator.”
Adam Watson is a ridiculously handsome blogger in his late twenties who loves his wife and 1.5 children. He enjoys skydiving, cliff-jumping, and hiking Mt. Everest on a semiannual basis. We’re kidding, of course. He probably just sits around and watches movies all day while pounding a bag of puffy cheetos. You can find his movie blog at sundaymovies.net.