Movies to Help Kids Understand Divorce

Divorce is a fact of life for many families. Kids often aren't sure what to expect with this major life change, and they're likely to have questions and concerns. These movies provide different takes on divorce: Some are serious, and some are silly; some are kid friendly, while others are better for teens and up. And because they are, after all, made in Hollywood, some of these movies provide an unrealistic notion about reconciliation. But all of them can help open up a conversation on this tough topic, especially if you use the conversation starters we offer in each review. For more movies about big issues, check out these lists: Coming-of-Age Movies, Movies That Defy Gender Stereotypes, and Political Movies.

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The Parent Trap (1961) Movie Poster Image
Charming classic has some dated gender roles.
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(Release Year: 1961)
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The Parent Trap Movie Poster Image
Delightful remake is great for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Night at the Museum Movie Poster Image
Cute adventure; OK for tweens, but a little scary for kids.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Wilderness Love Movie Poster Image
Funny romcom about divorce has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Poster Image
You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Now and Then Movie Poster Image
'90s coming-of-age movie has some sex, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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The Pursuit of Happyness Movie Poster Image
Inspirational but often emotionally wrenching story.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Kramer vs. Kramer Movie Poster Image
Sensitive, truthful look at the breakup of a family.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Stepmom Movie Poster Image
Contrived yet effective family weepie.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Boyhood Movie Poster Image
Unique, affecting, mature drama about life and growing up.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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What Maisie Knew Movie Poster Image
Wrenching drama about child custody can spark discussion.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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A.C.O.D. Movie Poster Image
Mature farce about divorce has some hilarious bits.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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A Separation Movie Poster Image
Intense but rewarding Iranian drama has complex characters.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Celeste and Jesse Forever Movie Poster Image
Talky hipster romcom explores the "perfect" divorce.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Jason Nash Is Married Movie Poster Image
Emotionally raw comedy exploring divorce is edgy, intense.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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