Family movies are in short supply in theaters this summer, or at least good ones are.
The Croods and Epic stink, while the word "stink" doesn't do After Earth justice.
Monsters University comes out in two weeks and Despicable Me 2 comes out two weeks after that. If you're not interested in seeing yet another animated sequel, keep your family home and watch some of my top 10 family movies.
Some are age-appropriate -- i.e., you may need a childish sense of humor.
- 10. The Sandlot
The Babe Ruth of kids sports movies, The Sandlot contains a Rolodex of 10-year-old classic scenes: The Jet stealing home. The Beast. Squints Palledorous kissing Wendy Peffercorn. And there's even a cautionary tale to anyone that wants to try chewing tobacco.
- 9. Galaxy Quest
Yep, Galaxy Quest. It was a pitch-perfect send-up of Star Trek and sci-fi fandom, its most important lesson being how to laugh at (but still appreciate) Trekkies.
- 8. Matilda
If you've never seen Matilda, you mustn't have ABC Family because that channel runs it as often as Pretty Little Liars.
Now a major Broadway musical, Matilda is about a girl with telepathic powers and torturous parents. It's basically Carrie except the main character doesn't kill everybody.
- 7. The Parent Trap
Facts: Lindsay Lohan has (or at least used to have) talent, "In The Mood" and "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" belong on every soundtrack, and The Parent Trap is so much better than It Takes Two.
- 6. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
When I first watched Willy Wonka, I had nightmares about turning into a giant blueberry like Violet Beauregarde. Apparently I was fine with being sucked up a chocolate drain pipe or shrunk to the size of an Everlasting Gobstopper by Wonka Vision.
Man, is this really a kids movie?
- 5. Back to the Future
Sorry Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan and George Lucas -- Back to the Future is the best movie trilogy of all time. And if you don't believe that, Marty McFly will go back in time and make your parents believe it before you even existed. The power of the flux capacitor.
- 4. School of Rock
Every child should see the hilarious School of Rock to develop an introductory appreciation to rock music, even though some of the lessons of Jack Black's character aren't that great for children.
I mean, he tells them to listen to Rush, for God's sake.
- 3. Toy Story
The movie that launched a thousand CGI knock-offs still reigns supreme (though Wall-E is a close second). You'll never look at a toy the same way again, especially if you've been performing Sid-like experiments on them.
- 2. The Wizard of Oz
We can talk about how great everything is in The Wizard of Oz, and still not enough credit goes to my boys in the Lollipop Guild, who kill it in their 10 seconds of screen time.
I want a spinoff movie about the Lollipop Guild called The Entourage of Munchkinland, where the members of the Guild just bask all day, dating the finest lady Munchkins while practicing their patented jig.
- 1. Beauty and the Beast
"Crazy old Maurice...crazy old Maurice..."
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