Keep things family friendly with these adorable PG movies
With summer approaching, families everywhere are looking for some fun & exciting movies that they can all enjoy together. Whether it be a family movie night in your home theatre or an evening picnic with the backyard projection screen, family movie night is a classic tradition that’s always a fun kickoff for the kids’ summer vacation.
So, in that spirit, we have a list of family-friendly movies for you that are all rated PG, all of which have something to offer everyone in the group, from the grumpy dad to the impatient five-year-old. From swashbuckling pirates to a neighborhood “beast”, these PG movies are all-time classics in most households and should be considered for your next family movie night.
The Princess Bride
This 1987 Rob Reiner fantasy adventure tells the story of two young lovers who face a deadly battle that stretches farther than any “battle of wits”. The risk? Torture and sudden death. The reward? Eternal happiness and a fairytale ending. It is a swashbuckling love story that has plenty to offer for the entire family.
Royalty? Pirates? Giants? Rats of unusual size? What more could one want out of an adventure film?
The Princess Bride stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, and the late, great Andre the Giant.
Speaking of swashbuckling family adventure, we simply must talk about Richard Donner’s The Goonies, a 1985 classic that’s a perfect PG movie for the whole family to watch.
The film tells the story of a group of children, fixated on discovering a locally buried treasure that was lost thanks to the efforts of the legendary One-Eyed Willy. Why? Because it may very well be the only way to save their small coastal town from being plowed by corporate America.
The film stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Jonathan Ke Quan, and Martha Plimpton.
Looking for a family-friendly sports film that’s perfect for a summer kickoff? Check out 1993’s The Sandlot, a film about a group of neighborhood boys, soaking up the summer sun as they play their favorite summer game, baseball. However, between checking out babes at the local swimming pool and catching pop-flys, they must be careful of the legendary “beast”, a neighborhood dog that lurks beyond the fence of their favorite field.
While the film still holds a PG rating, it does feature some moments of crudity and mild language, so fair warning for all of you parents who wish to save your kitchen soap for the dishes rather than the tongues of your foul-mouthed children.
In 1991 the world was introduced to Hook, a Steven Spielberg film that serves as a sequel to the familiar story of Peter Pan. In this incarnation of the famous flying boy who wished to never grow up, Peter Pan has done just that . . . grown-up. Pan, played by Robin Williams, works as a big city lawyer who takes his wife and children on a holiday visit to celebrate his dear Wendy.
However, on one frightful night, Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps Pan’s children, forcing an adult Peter Pan to return to Neverland with the help of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) in order to reclaim his childhood memories as well as rescue his children, finally defeating Captain Hook once and for all.
What are some of your favorite family movies that are rated PG? Do you have a favorite that’s on our list? What was the first PG movie you remember seeing as a kid? Perhaps even the first movie you ever got to see in a movie theatre? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.