The Best Picks for an Extended Family Movie Night

Whether grandparents are visiting for the holidays, you're taking on a rainy afternoon with mixed-age siblings, hosting a sleepover with a favorite aunt, or preparing for a family movie night that you really want everyone to enjoy choosing the right flick is important.  

A Place For Mom surveyed 2,000 Americans to determine which blockbuster hits have multi-generational appeal so you can take the guesswork out of finding a movie that works across generations.   They also revealed the franchises that are the most divisive between the generations. 

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The Top 10 Movie Franchises with All-Ages Appeal:

  1. Pixar Movies (eg. Toy Story):  Pixar makes classic after classic like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, The Incredibles, A Bug's Life, WALL-E, Up, and more.  Survey says any Pixar movie is a good choice for movie night.

  2. Disney animation:  Disney animated movies come in a close second to Pixar movies.  Disney started making classics like Snow White as far back as 1937 so there are plenty of options to choose from.  Dumbo, Bambi, Tinker Bell, Brave, Wreck-it-Ralph, Coco, Frozen, and so many more are all great options.  

  3. Home Alone:  In this classic, a family accidentally leaves their eight year old son alone while they travel to Paris for Christmas.  The boy is delighted at first, but his excitement gives way to fear and planning when he realizes that two con men are planning to rob his house and he alone must protect it.  

  4. Star Wars: If you aren't familiar with Star Wars, you may be living under a rock.  This epic story of Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader has something for everyone, from adventure to romance to giant creatures both lovable and terrifying.  

  5. Shrek:  An ogre named Shrek lives in a swamp alone, until his solitude is invaded by a cast of annoying fairy tale characters who have all been banished from the Kingdom.  Shrek strikes a deal with the King to rescue Princess Fiona to be the King's bride. Shrek finds the princess, only to find out that she harbors a secret herself.  

  6. Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs are brought back from extinction and put on display for tourists – what could go wrong? 

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  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: This movie was inspired by the Disney World ride of the same name.  Blacksmith Will Turner joins forces with Captain Jack Sparrow has to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Captain Jack's former first mate who has been cursed.  

  8. Indiana Jones:  Adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Arc of the Covenant before the Nazis do.  You don't have to be a history buff to find this classic movie engaging.  

  9. Harry Potter: You may have read every book or never cracked one open.  Either way, the Harry Potter movies are a fun way to pass a couple of hours.  Follow the adventures of Harry as learns he is no ordinary boy but in fact a very talented wizard.  Harry attends the esteemed Hogwarts Academy to learn all types of magic, but he also learns about he-who-cannot-be-named and who must be defeated.  

  10. Disney live-action remakes (e.g. Beauty and the Beast):  Disney animated classics take on new life when they are brought to live by real actors.  Choose one and experience the magic.

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If you are wondering which movies are least likely to work for everyone, the survey determined that the most divisive film ranchises are:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Marvel Cinematic Universe (e.g. Avengers, Black Pfanther)

  3. The Hangover

  4. Spider-Man

Family members are likely to have strong feelings about the these movies.  While some will love them, others will hate them, so it's best to stay away from these movies unless you know for sure everyone is on board.

Get the popcorn ready and be prepared to be thanked for making such a great choice the next time everyone gets together to watch a movie.  

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What's your favorite movie night flick? 

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The Best Picks for an Extended Family Movie Night

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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