Best family films on Netflix right now
Tired of scrolling through Netflix trying to find a film the whole family can enjoy? From new indie releases to timeless classics, here are 10 of the best family-friendly films available in the UK right now
1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12A)
When rebellious young teenager Ricky runs away from home, his foster uncle heads out into the wilderness of the New Zealand bush to find him. Soon a national manhunt for the runaway and his uncle begins, resulting in an inevitable but unusual bonding experience for the two misfits. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is both touching and laugh-out-loud.
“I watched it with my nine-year-old and we both enjoyed it.”
"Everyone should watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople - it's life-enhancing!"
2. The Book of Life (U)
Growing up in San Ángel, Mexico, Manolo must choose between fulfilling the expectations of his family and becoming bullfighter, or following his lifelong dream of becoming a musician. As he tries to make up his mind, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds and forces him to battle his greatest fears.
"The Book of Life is great!"
3. Labyrinth (U)
Left in charge of her crying baby brother Toby, 16-year-old Sarah wishes that he'd be taken away. When her wish is actually granted by Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie), and they're both whisked away to Jareth's castle and labyrinth, she is challenged with solving the maze by midnight if she wants to see Toby in human form again.
“Oh we all love it – my three-year-old ADORES the whole thing, our baby boy gets bounced around to the songs (and has many a stripey babygrow), I get to look at David's tights, and my husband and I quote lines in a comedy David Bowie voice a la Flight of the Concords.”
"It's the best kids' film EVER. My own kids know the film word for word."
4. Sing Street (12A)
Set in 1980s Dublin, Sing Street tells the story of teenage boy Conor, who, having been forced to attend the 'rough' school, finds his only salvation is to pretend he is in a band he hasn't yet formed. Soon after he does get a band together, and what ensues is a warm and funny coming-of-age film, featuring a fantastic 80s soundtrack from the likes of The Cure, Duran Duran, and Genesis.
“Very funny and some great 80s references. My 10-year-old daughter and I both loved it.”
"Bloody brilliant, really uplifting, really funny but not saccharine. I REALLY recommend it."
5. Charlotte's Web (U)
Based on the classic children's book, Charlotte's Web follows a young girl named Fern and her pet piglet Wilbur. When Wilbur grows into a pig, Fern is forced to sell him to her Uncle Zuckerman's farm. There he meets a whole host of animals – among them a friendly spider called Charlotte – from whom he learns that his fate will be on a dinner plate. Can his new friends save Wilbur from the chop?
“We thought it was brill. Laughed lots and also cried.”
"Charlotte runs the whole show and manipulates the situation. Fab little film."
6. Eddie the Eagle (PG)
Based on the true story of Eddie Edwards (the unlikely British ski jumper who stole the show at the 1988 Winter Olympics) this is a feelgood film about being the underdog and never giving up on your dreams. It also stars the lovely Hugh Jackman as Eddie's charming maverick coach.
"We recently watched the Eddie The Eagle film and everyone seemed to like it!"
7. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)
At the Museum of Natural History in New York, Larry the night manager is looking after a new exhibit which features the Tablet of Ahkmenrah. Upon realising that the tablet is corroding and that its magical ability to bring exhibits to life at night is diminishing, Larry embarks on a quest with the help of old and new friends – from Octavius to Teddy Roosevelt – to restore the magic.
“Very funny and educational – we all love the Night at the Museum films.”
"Brilliant for the whole family."
8. Guardians of the Galaxy (12A)
After stealing a mysterious space orb, Peter Quill becomes the target of the galactic villain Ronan the Accuser. To fight Ronan and save the world from his evil plans, Quill forms a motley crew of space heroes known as the 'Guardians of the Galaxy', which include a bounty-hunting talking racoon and a walking talking tree. Watch it ahead of the sequel, out on 28 April!
"Guardians of the Galaxy is a good fun superhero action film. I found it funny and I like Chris Pratt in it."
9. Hook (PG)
Despite his insistence to the contrary, Peter Pan (Robin Williams) is now all grown up and married to Wendy Darling's granddaughter. When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, Peter must return to Neverland once more and reconnect with the boy he once was, in order to save his family.
"In my opinion there is no better family film than Hook."
10. Penelope (U)
In this modern-day fairytale, Penelope is a young heiress kept hidden away from the world due to her affliction with a terrible family curse. It can only be broken when she finds love with 'one of her own' – presumably an equally wealthy bachelor. Enter James McAvoy as a loveable rogue and gambler named Max, posing as a well-off suitor.
“Charming little film, Christina Ricci and our favourite piece of Scottish crumpet James McAvoy – it's one you could enjoy with the kids.”
"Brilliant - both me and my niece (13) really enjoyed it. It was a good rom com and a very clean and fab film."
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