Monday, February 25, 2013

5 Classic Must-See Movies the Whole Family will Enjoy on Movie Night

If you enjoy a family tradition of movie night, choosing the movie can sometimes be a source of…well, some very un-family-like exchanges. Some families have a system of rotating turns to choose the movie that works well while other families leave the movie-choosing to mom and dad. Choosing a movie that is fun, entertaining and enjoyable for everyone – especially in families with wide ranges of ages – and that includes mom and dad (I have endured my share of Disney and cutsie sing-song movies!), try this selection of classic movies that kids and adults of all ages have enjoyed for years.

Mom and Dad, you will remember these! Do you remember how much you loved watching them with your own parents? Just because they are old and some don’t have all the fanciest special effects of the latest and greatest in techno theater of today’s movies, these are proven to delight. Even better, since they are older movies, you can often find them on Netflix or for minimal price to rent at a video store. Even to purchase the movie is only a couple dollars. Do you need another reason to broaden your children’s media bank? Many of these movies have references into pop culture even today that your children will not get if they haven’t seen the movie. Remember ET hiding in the stuffed animals? And the popular theme park Universal has a ET ride that kids won’t even understand if they hadn’t seen the movie.

Choose any or all of these movies for your family movie night and enjoy!



 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote.

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. And of course there is Ghostbusters 2 and 3 for next week!

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American coming of age comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who decides to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. This is my personal favorite.

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field.

BIG - 1988 classic movie about when a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight. Another Tom Hanks movie in our Top 5, but so deserving.

So curl up with your family, grab some popcorn and put on your matching family pajamas and Love Your Family on movie night!

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