Five for Families: Films that are new to Netflix
Posted August 1
Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
'Back to the Future'
"Back to the Future" stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a teenager who accidentally travels back in time and must make sure his parents meet in order to save his existence. Christopher Lloyd stars as Dr. Emmett Brown, the slightly mad scientist and inventor of the plutonium-powered time machine. Common Sense Media calls the film "light and breezy, never taking time travel too seriously" and notes that "Marty's friendship with Doc is at the heart of the film" that "manages to blend heady science fiction, humor, adventure, and romance while retaining an exuberance and sense of wonder familiar to anyone under the age of 12." The film won an Oscar for best sound effects and was nominated for best music. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 10 and older.
'Hey Arnold! The Movie'
The Nickelodeon TV cartoon characters Arnold and his friend Gerald embark on an adventure to save their neighborhood. The Dove Foundation awarded the movie its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages and noted that "Arnold's trademark optimism and determination to right a wrong is admirable" but also points out that the movie portrays adults in business and government as cynical. The film is rated PG for thematic elements. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 5 and older.
Barbra Streisand stars as matchmaker Dolly Levi in this 1969 musical. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages and called the the classic movie one of Streisand's "most beloved performances." The musical received a best picture Academy Award nomination and won three Oscars, including one for best music. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 7 and older.
'Yours, Mine & Ours' (2005)
In this remake of the 1968 film by the same name, an admiral with eight children and a handbag designer with 10 children meet, fall in love and marry, much to the dismay of their children. Pluggedin.com notes the film is "loaded with positive messages about family, marriage, parenting and learning to get along despite differences." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 8 and older.
'Cheaper by the Dozen' (1950)
The movie is based on the story of the Gilbreth family, who move around the new England area. Common Sense Media notes the film "offers a rosy look at parenting a very large family" and contains positive messages and role models but cautions that a surprise death at the dead of the film is unexpected and changes the upbeat tone of the film. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers 9 and older.