‘Family-friendly’ isn’t a euphemism for ‘made for kids’. At least, it doesn’t have to be. In the best examples of the term, a top-shelf ‘family comedy’ can make every member of the household laugh, from the kindergartener who loves funny voices to the cynical teen who can recognize a clever reference snuck in under the surface of the dialogue to the adults who appreciate both good humor and a good story.
But finding the right film that hits all those notes can be tough in an age where options are limitless. If you’re under the gun and don’t want to scroll endlessly while the tweens eye their phones in hope of an escape from the couch, any of these recommendations from TimeOut’s team of film experts should keep the whole brood cracking up on movie night.
Written by Hannah Doolin, Danielle Valente, Alim Kheraj, Oliver Strand, Andy Kryza & Matthew Singer
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