Autumn. A season where we’re usually ready for a reprieve from higher temperatures and gross humidity. A time when we typically anticipate the changing colors of leaves, the crisp smell in the air, and switching out our wardrobes. But this fall, as approximately 25 bazillion news headlines will confirm, is a different story. Now, fear strikes the heart of parents like me who can’t imagine how they’re going to handle working from home, managing remote learning for one or more children and just trying to, you know, not have their house fall apart in the process.

Here’s one strategy: denial! It’s working for many of us right now! If you just can’t bear to try and wrap your head around what lies ahead, then distract yourself and your family with a fun movie. Reality will still be waiting for you when the end credits roll.

Here are a few we’ve been enjoying lately:

Hotel Transylvania – The 2012 animated comedy that kicked off a franchise (with a fourth installment coming next year!) still holds up. Because Dracula, Frankenstein and The Invisible Man, mummies and other ghouls never get old. (Literally.)

The Goonies – If you’ve got kids who’ve hit the double-digits in years, this beloved ‘80s classic (and one of my all-time favorite movies) is a must-see.

Akeelah and the Bee – I adore this feel-good drama about a community rallying around an 11-year-old girl from their South LA neighborhood who makes it to the National Spelling Bee. Who doesn’t need a happy story right now?

Galaxy Quest – What was originally meant to be a spoof of the Star Trek fandom (starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub and Alan Rickman) grew into a cult comedy that’s hilarious even if you’ve never seen an episode of the popular space-based series. If you’ve got tweens who are into silly movies, check this one out.

The Sandlot trilogy – A mainstay at our house! We all prefer the original film, but every installment makes for a fun movie night.

A lot of the Barbie movies – When my 5-year-old daughter is in charge, we rotate through the very large selection of Barbie films at Redbox. Favorites include Barbie in A Mermaid Tale and Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals.

And of course there are a ton more options if you want to browse our Family Movies collection for more ideas.


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