Calling all busy families! Do you love movies but find yourself starved for time? It’s the end of another crazy week, and more than likely you’ve worked, carpooled, assisted with homework, attended a (insert sport) game… and if you’re lucky, managed to sit down for a couple of family meals! The last thing you need on your plate is to figure out what movies to rent this weekend. Help is here! I watch a lot of redbox movies so that you can focus on what’s important—kicking back and enjoying some quality time with the kids (just add popcorn). These are handpicked movies from the redbox kiosks that are intended for you to watch with the whole family and as a bonus, I’ll mention my top pick for after the kids are in bed.
(And in case you are wondering, that’s my movie loving soccer player on the right.)
Here we go…
Top pick for families who love action:
Iron Man 2
(Rated PG-13) Iron Man 2 is a no-brainer as this week’s pick for an action movie that is highly entertaining for the entire family (excluding the wee little ones). With so many movies to watch and so little time, it’s hard to justify spending two hours on a sequel, but Iron Man 2 is an exception as Robert Downey Jr. and the all-star IM2 cast find new ways to keep us on the edge our bean bags. And just when you thought Mickey Rourke couldn’t get any scarier – surprise!
Top pick for families who love animals:
(Rated PG) If you want to enjoy Marmaduke, do not read the reviews because despite the slightly creepy CGI talking animals and the less than perfect story line, my kids (and their friends) loved it. Do yourself a favor and ignore the critics (although redblogger Erika has some good things to say), because Marmaduke is kid-approved and a highly enjoyable canine caper for family movie night!
Top pick for families who love documentaries:
(Rated PG) Babies is the perfect movie on a night when you need a little midweek unplugging and you don’t want your kids watching anything that’s going to keep them up too late. There’s very little dialogue, just a visual montage of adorable gurgling babies from across the globe. The bonus about Babies is that although my kids were excited about watching it and loved it, they couldn’t stay awake. Victory!
Top pick for families who love modern-day fairy tales:
(Rated PG-13) If Iron Man 2 is for families who love action, Ondine is the exact opposite. This surprising little film — surprising because this is the first time I’ve actually enjoyed Colin Farrell — will take you to a far off land where love and a little luck are caught in a fishing net. Although at times you need to turn up the volume because the Irish accents are so thick, Ondine has something for everyone — mystery, love, action, cute kid and a happy ending. I don’t normally mention the ending but since there is a little violence and Ondine addresses some dark subject matter, you should know that your kids will be a little challenged but not scared.
Top pick for mom and dad after the kids are sound asleep:
(Rated R) This was a tough call because there are so many excellent overlooked and underrated redbox movies that are worth watching after the kids are in bed — The Joneses, That Evening Sun, City Island just to name a few. Solitary Man is one of those movies that the adults in the house shouldn’t miss because Michael Douglas’s portrayal of a wealthy womanizing ex-car-dealership-owner who falls from his throne is close to perfection. Need more? Make sure to read Locke’s full review.
That’s it for now. Check back in a couple weeks for more family picks. In the meantime, tell me what you think of this week’s picks!
About Betsey Kershaw: I’m a mom + movie lover—what better combo? I started my work-life in “the biz” working in NYC as a graphic designer for Children’s Television Workshop and Nickelodeon. Now living in the Midwest, I am a design and marketing consultant and an occasional contributor to redblog. I like feedback, so send me yours! Twitter: @bkershaw