We’ve all been there, agreeing to a Family Movie Night with the kids only to end up arguing over which film to watch and then having to sit through an hour and a half of drivel. So Mumbler has put together the best of the family-friendly films available on Netflix that you can watch tonight and actually enjoy as much as the kids without having to spend ages searching for something you all agree on.
Below is a list of U and PG rated films. Some of the PG ones might be a bit scary for younger children and are aimed at families with older kids. We’ve included reviews to help you decide what your family would like.
Beautiful adaptation of the Roald Dahl book about a friendly giant and a little girl. Scary in parts with the main character fearful for her life at many points throughout the film. The other giants are loud and threatening and so may be a bit much for younger kids.
Another Roald Dahl favourite, about a girl with special powers who’s family are so horrible to her she teaches them a lesson by playing tricks on them. Contains bad language, many of the characters are awful to each other and there is cartoonish violence for example a girl is swung around by her pigtails and thrown over a fence. The head mistress, Miss Trunchbull is a bully and so might be a bit intense for little ones or sensitive kids.
Night at the Museum
Great CGI fun as the exhibits in the New York’s Museum of Natural History come alive at night and chaos ensues. Ben Stiller is great as the night guard trying to restore calm. Also has Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke and Owen Wilson. Some scenes maybe a bit intense for younger kids as the characters end up in various fights.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Jim Carrey plays the lead role of Count Olaf who has ulterior motives when he takes in three ophans. Scary parts throughout but expect the usual funny facial expressions from Jim Carrey. Might be scary for younger children.
A host of scary monsters are let loose from a magical book in a small American town and are intent on destroying everything in their path. It’s up to the lead characters to hunt them down and stop them. Intense action and scary thoughout but also a lot of humour – Jack Black is great in it.
Back to the Future
80s time-travelling classic. However, a word of caution…probably one for the older kids as it is violent in parts with terrorists appearing to shoot and kill a main character, there’s a lot of overt bullying and a scene where a boy begins assaulting a girl who is clearly afraid and does not want him to touch her. Contains strong language.
U- Rated Films
Gnomeo and Juliet
Based on Romeo and Juliet without the tragic ending. Two gnomes from rival gardens fall in love against their families wishes. There is some cartoon violence with some gnomes ending up broken and the main character appearing to die at one point, but most damage occurs to the gardens). Soundtrack by Elton John.
Always fun to watch. Shrek goes to rescue Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a dragon. Mike Myers is great as Shrek and Eddie Murphy as Donkey. Some inuendo aimed at adults and older kids watching and some mild language.
Over the Hedge
Cute animals steal food from a hibernating bear bringing a lot of trouble on themselves. Lots of cartoonish violence and threats from the bear. Main character is voiced by Bruce Willis.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The well-known, loveable characters are searching for a monster terrorising a small village as it steals vegetables from their gardens. Occasional moments of peril or allusions to the monster being bigger and scarier than it actually is.