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Calvin (Ice Cube) spends the day trying to buy back his family's barbershop once he learns the loan shark he sold it to plans to turn it into a "gentlemen's club." This unassuming ensemble comedy has a surprisingly gentle and heartfelt center, and it's impossible not to be charmed by it.

Bend It Like Beckham Movie Poster Image
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A color-drenched fairy tale for any girl whose athletic endeavors were ever questioned by conservative parents. Spunky and easy to watch, it centers on second-generation Indian families in England striving to maintain traditions, but the universal theme is following your bliss no matter the hurdle.

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Big

Fed up with being little, 12-year-old Josh makes a wish at a fair's mechanical swami booth and wakes the next morning in a man's body (Tom Hanks). Strong, earnest performances make the incredible credible. Intelligent and inventive. (Rated PG before PG-13 existed, the film has mature material.)

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Three decades later, this film is every bit as hilarious. God wants Arthur and his men to find the holy grail, so off they go, facing killer rabbits, randy vestal virgins, and other silly characters on their not-so-epic quest. One of the all-time best comedies for families with older kids.

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After one successful attempt at matchmaking, Cher decides to make over the new girl at school, with disastrous results. Meanwhile, her own love life is confused, but when she starts being honest with herself she sees what she really wants. Loosely based on Jane Austen's Emma.

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Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tips

  • Take movie night on the road during vacations. Nothing beats the whole family laughing together.
  • Ask your teens why they think different people laugh at different kinds of humor. What tickles their own funnybone the most, and why?