Going to the movies can take on many functions, some of which are somewhat more important to others. While most people may think that a picture being a cultural phenomenon or a movie of a generation might be quite significant, nearly everyone will dismiss how important family movies can be in general. Depending on who you ask, this may be more of a comment on how society is changing, but it might just be that family movies are made for just some members of your family.
Were the parental figures just a little too out of touch to seem real? Can the CGI overload make it tough to even look at the screen? As time has gone on, what makes for a family movie has really been more about making a film that keeps a kids attention long enough to give Mom and Dad a breather. Whatever happened to the type of movie that made the family feel closer to each other? You know, the kind of movie that taught an important lesson, even though it was a little too close to reality. As much as it makes you seem like the old man shaking his fist at everyone who steps on his lawn, they do not make family movies like they used to.
Then again, perhaps they do, but you may have to look a bit closer or even go back a few years at the films that made you and your family feel somewhat tighter than before. There could be something to this because if you consider the film marathons that come on during the holiday season, most of those movies are a few decades old. A classic is a classic, and even if they years have passed something about those movies has survived the test of time.
It’s a classic.
A Christmas Story – An air rifle, a child’s imagination, and terrifying pink, full-body bunny suit come together as one of the greatest Christmas movies of all-time.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – If Dad seems like he bungles everything up, it is shocking to see one of his craziest inventions actually work! This picture is underestimated, but it has heart, a tremendously talented cast, and a great story to boot.
Little Women – A classic movie based on a classic book. You really can’t go wrong, and even if the boys in your family scoff at it, if they sit long enough, they’ll be swept away.
Home Alone – Though billed as a holiday comedy, there is more to this movie than just hilarity & hijinks. Once again, a stellar cast make this one of the greatest movies of the last thirty years & one of those terrific holiday movies of all time.
Family films can actually bring families closer together, but it’s important to see that the movie isn’t really that important. Whether you are at home or at your local movie theater, spending time with people you love is what it’s all about, and if you can have a good time while watching a movie at exactly the exact same time with each other, so be it.