Do you have everyone from Cousin Susie to Grandpa Joe staying at your place this Thanksgiving weekend? Or are you the one traveling to a friend or relative’s home and want to help ensure that guests stay occupied so your gracious host isn’t driven insane? Well then be sure you have a few of these family-friendly movie picks on hand to pop in the ol’ DVD player when there’s a lull in the turkey-devouring, or the Macy’s parade has wrapped up, or no football game can be found on TV, or your group just needs a break from gabbing with each other.
I can’t lie—if you’re looking for a low-key movie to help wind everyone down after they’ve consumed a steady diet of sugary holiday treats for several hours straight, this might not be the first DVD you should pop in. BUT if your gang is zoned out and/or displaying Food Coma symptoms and you’re looking to liven things up again, this high-energy romp is exactly what you need.
Judy Moody is planning the most super-duper, double-rare summer vacation ever with her best friends Rocky and Amy. Except that both of them end up leaving town and Judy is stuck home with her pesky little brother Stink and second-best friend Frank. Just when things seem like they can’t get any worse, her parents announce they’ll be heading to California and Judy will have to stay behind with her Aunt Opal, who she’s never even met!
Starring: Heather Graham, Jordana Beatty, Parris Mosteller, Preston Bailey, Jaleel White
Greg Heffley, aka The Wimpy Kid, is back! As always, he’s suffering through a variety of typical middle-schooler problems (swim team drama! talent show woes!), with the worst of them being the tomfoolery of his older brother, Rodrick. Both young boys and girls will be able to relate (and laugh along with) Greg’s escapades, while those of us whose middle school years are decades in the past will enjoy seeing that the more things change, the more they stay the same when it comes to what kids care and worry about… and find hilarious.
Starring: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron
What’s good about this one is that 1) everyone knows who The Cat in the Hat is, and 2) if you need to kill some time, you can watch all four installments included on the DVD back-to-back. But if you just need your crew to be entertained for a short bit while you’re cleaning up/doing dishes/preparing dessert/calming your nerves by secretly chugging wine in the bathroom… one episode’ll work just fine. So just to be clear, this one consists of four wintry adventures, in which The Cat and his friends discover how water can turn into snow, that penguins don’t fly, how bears get ready for a long winter’s nap and ways to dig through the snow.
Featuring the voices of: Martin Short, Jacob Ewaniuk, Alexa Torrington, Rob Tinkler, Tracey Hoyt
Two gnomes from warring families find themselves falling in love—that’s right, it’s the classic Shakespeare story… only with ceramic garden gnomes that come to life and an Elton John soundtrack. The young’uns will love the bright colors, peppy tunes and nonstop action, while the adults will get a huge kick out of all of the Shakespeare references, in addition to tons of sly pop-culture nods. This one is short, sweet, and just about perfect for a family gathering.
With the voices of: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith
I saved the best for last!
To those who fear there’s no 100% wholesome, family-friendly entertainment out there anymore, look no further. In this all-new original movie, Winnie the Pooh and his silly but loyal friends are reunited for yet another adventure. When perpetually blue Eeyore loses his tail, Owl sends the whole gang—Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo—on a wild journey to not only help their donkey friend, but also save Christopher Robin from the mysterious “Backson.” Hollywood might not make ‘em much like this anymore, but at least they made Winnie the Pooh!
Featuring the voices of: John Cleese, James Cummings, Bud Luckey, Craig Ferguson, Jack Boulter
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you come across any other movies at Redbox that were a hit with your brood and therefore you’d recommend them to others, don’t forget to leave those suggestions in the Comments field below!
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