It’s time for some real talk: everyone is driving each other nuts in my family. And it’s no one’s fault. It’s a combination of being with pretty much only ourselves since early March (with no real end to that in sight) and soaring temperatures that have limited our options to even be able to go outside.
And so, we turn to movies, which give us a few precious hours where we don’t need to talk to or look at or squabble with each other. Here are 5 great ones that can help your family survive too much togetherness.
Scoob! – While I grew up with Scooby-Doo cartoons, my kids have had minimal exposure to that franchise, so I had no idea if they were going to be into this movie or not. I got my answer within seconds: they were immediately sucked into a flashback showing how a lonely young boy named Shaggy first met the Great Dane puppy who would eventually become his BFF. Now, I can’t lie… the rest of the plot (which takes place 10 years after that fateful meeting) is… weird. It involves superheroes, scary mini-robots, the underworld, and Simon Cowell. But my kids loved it, and I enjoyed being reunited with Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), Shaggy (Will Forte), Velma (Gina Rodriguez) and Scooby (Frank Welker) after all these years. Scoob! is new to the Box this week, so don’t miss it!
Trolls World Tour – I’ve already written about how great this movie’s soundtrack is , but it offers a wonderful message as well — and one that might be especially relevant for families who’ve had it up to here with togetherness. Through a fun story about how all different types of music can exist in harmony, parents and kids will be reminded about how much more zen the household can be when, say, the loud little sister (hard rock) and the more chilled-out brother (funk) make space for each other.
The Call of the Wild – While this one might be too intense for younger children, if you have kids that are 9 or older, they’ll likely be fascinated by this adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel about a man and a big ol’ St. Bernard/Scotch Collie mix he befriends in the wilderness. There are a lot of lessons about standing up to bullies, working together and perseverance as well. Plus Harrison Ford and a cute doggy!
Jumanji: The Next Level – This is another pick that is best suited for those with older kids in the house, as they’ll be better able to appreciate the shenanigans that Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and more get into when they once again find themselves trapped in the Jumanji game.
Spies in Disguise – And finally we have an “odd couple” tale about an international spy (Will Smith) who accidentally gets turned into a pigeon (of all things!) by a young techie (Tom Holland), who he must then work with to foil his evil nemesis’s (Ben Mendelsohn) plan.
Hang in there, everyone!