What are some picks for a funny family movie night?
Are your kids back in school yet? TBH, it's kind of a relief, right? Our routines are more predictable: school, homework, dinner, bedtime, repeat. And all that hectic summer scheduling is over. But starting the school year brings its own stresses. So, if you're anything like us, that means cue up the fun movies and gather everyone for some downtime with the fam. You might say we're avoiding reality. And you'd be right.
Gimme some ideas for a funny family movie night!
Our movies editor Betsy Bozdech picked these because they're all good for tweens (but check the reviews for any specific concerns you may have—our reviews are super detailed). And she guarantees that they'll make the whole family laugh.
The Lego Batman Movie, 7+
Jokes and pop culture references zip by quickly in this smart, colorful, snappy superhero comedy. It never gets old to see all the inventive ways that Lego pieces and characters are used, built, taken apart, and rebuilt, and adults are likely to get a particular kick out of the many references to earlier Batman movies and TV shows.
Freaky Friday, 8+
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, this switched-identities comedy is fast-paced, silly fun. When mom and daughter spend a day in each other's bodies, the laughs roll in. Plus, it's a great conversation starter for how kids and parents can try to understand each other's perspectives better.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 9+
If you can stomach boy-world jokes about bodily functions and middle school anxiety, this adaptation is deliciously age-appropriate and wittily executed. Kids who have read the book series will enjoy seeing favorite characters come to life. And the running "cheese touch" gag may become your family's next inside joke.
Good Burger, 10+
This absurdly charming '90s comedy is about two teenagers who do whatever they can to get out of work—until they realize they may lose their jobs. But don't worry: The guys end up proving they have loyalty, a strong work ethic, and a moral compass after all—not to mention a lot of smarts. Expect pratfalls and sight gags galore in this lowbrow romp that sneaks in positive messages you can build on.
Napoleon Dynamite, 11+
Napoleon Dynamite has us laughing with Napoleon, not at him. And that's thanks to the movie's deliriously specific detail, superb use of its Idaho setting, unexpected developments, and, most of all, its genuine sweetness. Napoleon may be clueless, but he has a great heart, and we know he'll be fine—not just during the delightful happy ending, but beyond.
P.S.: If you can't agree on just one of these picks, feel free to have a double feature. Or search through the selections on your member center to find many more choices. Just relax and enjoy while you gear up for the school year.