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The perfect family movie night

The perfect family movie night
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We’ve spent a whole lot of time with our families in the past year and a half – but sometimes, that can feel like too much of a good thing. If siblings are squabbling and you’re all getting on each other’s nerves a bit, lighten the load with an evening on the couch watching one of these funny family movies. We’re not just talking about funny kids movies that will make the youngsters laugh: We guarantee that adults will also chuckle along to all the movies on this list, including the best cartoon movies. So get in your comfy PJs, get the popcorn ready, and turn off the lights for a cosy night at home with some of the funniest movies of all time.

Soul

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This 2020 Pixar film blends jazz music with a heartwarming tale about life and death, but it also adds humour when the soul of a would-be jazz musician Joe (the voice of Jamie Foxx) gets trapped in the body of a cat. As he struggles to get his body back and pursue his musical dreams, your family will laugh (and cry) along with the film’s mix of madcap humour, insights on the human condition, and head-bopping tunes. It’s one of the feel-good movies that will get you through the next month.

Best for: Ages 8 and up

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Toy Story 3

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The first two films in the Toy Story franchise are great, as is the recent Toy Story 4. But a more nuanced story – with a surprisingly dramatic climax – makes the third entry in the franchise a fun movie adventure and an ideal choice for the whole family. (Watch films 1 and 2 first for an epic movie night, so that everyone knows what’s going on!) PS Did you know that Woody (the voice of Tom Hanks) was almost a villain?

Best for: Ages 6 and up

Yes Day

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What if you said “yes” to everything your kids asked for, for one day only? Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez star in this 2021 Netflix family comedy as parents who decide to do just that – and find it’s as freeing for them as it is for their kids. Maybe you’ll make Yes Day an annual tradition in your own family after watching this! Based on the 2009 children’s book, the flick is one of the new comedy movies we’re all watching in 2021.

Best for: Ages 8 and up

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has always been a superhero appropriate for the whole family, but in this reimagined, more inclusive 2018 version, Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) takes over for Peter Parker. Plenty of self-referential, “meta” pop culture humour will have Marvel fans young and old giggling along.

Best for: Ages 9 and up

Raya and the Last Dragon

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Grown-ups and kids alike were on the edge of their seat waiting for the newest, and first Southeast Asian, Disney princess, Raya (voiced by Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran). Raya’s only hope to save the fictional land of Kumandra is to find the last dragon, long thought to be no more. It turns out, she exists – in the form of a silly purple creature with the voice of hilarious comedic actress Awkwafina. Beautiful Disney animation helps bring this fun and positive message–filled film to life.

Best for: Ages 8 and up

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The Parent Trap

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A star-making double performance from a young Lindsay Lohan is the icing on top of a fun, charming script about twins separated at birth, with endearing performances from Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson as their parents. The 1998 film also features lovely settings in London and Napa Valley.

Best for: Ages 6 and up

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The Muppets

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Everyone’s favourite talking frog and his large cast of friends get an update for the 21st century in this 2011 film starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and, of course, your favourite Muppets. Fun celebrity cameos and catchy musical numbers round out the package while retaining that classic Muppet feel. Also catch the 2014 sequel, Muppets Most Wanted.

Best for: Ages 5 and up

Shrek

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Even though it may be a little dated where its pop culture references are concerned, 2001’s Shrek still triumphs as a gross-out comedy that will bring down the house. This animated flick about ogres, princesses, and true love will also provide ideas for subsequent movie nights, since it spawned bevy of sequels: Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After.

Best for: Ages 6 and up

Mary Poppins

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Singing and dancing penguins, Dick Van Dyke, and Julie Andrews: What more could you want? Go fly a kite with this 1964 classic about a “practically perfect” nanny who brings a dysfunctional family back together. Full of mischief and fun yet with a good dose of heart, this one stands up to the best of today’s funny family movies, even after all these years. Mary Poppins is one of the best movie musicals you need to watch again.

Best for: Ages 6 and up

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