Ashley's Top 5 Picks for Your Family Movie Night!
Growing up, one of my favorite things to do was to watch movies with my family. We would grab snacks and all curl up in the living room. Now is a great time to do just that. I grew up in the 90s, so some of these movies might be a little bit older, but they are still amazing! Here’s my list of my top 5 favorite family movies that I hope your family will enjoy just as much as I do.
The one that started a phenomenon (released in 1995), Toy Story is a movie about a cowboy doll named Woody who becomes threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure, Buzz, replaces him as top toy in Andy’s room. This is one of those films you can watch over and over and always find something new to keep you laughing. The best part? There’s more than one Toy Story to keep your family entertained!
Released in 1993 and starring Robin Williams, Mrs. Doubtfire is about a dad who disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children after a bitter divorce. The transformation makes him a better parent and the antics that ensue will have you laughing out loud! And the love both parents have for their children tugs at your heart strings.
The Parent Trap
In a 1998 update to the original 1961 film, twins Allie and Hallie (both played by a young Lindsey Lohan) are separated at birth and raised separately by their divorced parents. After meeting at summer camp, American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap in the hopes their scheme will finally bring the family back together. What could be better?
“You’re killing me Smalls.” Maybe you’ve heard that somewhere before. Well, it all comes back to this 1993 film. Scotti Smalls is the new kid in town who befriends a local baseball prodigy and his group of buddies who play ball at the sandlot. Together, they go on a series of funny adventures and run into trouble when Smalls borrows a treasured baseball from his stepdad that gets hit over a fence. Your kids will laugh throughout and for those of you that love America’s pastime, this movie may just tide you over until Major League Baseball begins its 2020 season (whenever that is!).
One of the best family adventure movies of the 1980s (1985), The Goonies stars many young actors that went on to become household names. After discovering an old pirate map in the attic, a group of young misfits from a small Oregon town journey on an adventure to find a mythical pirate’s long-lost fortune that could save their homes from impending foreclosure. Their excursion pits the group against a local family of criminals who are after the same fortune. It’s a race against time full of traps, suspense and fellowship that will have your whole family on the edge of their seats!