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Our family does a pizza-and-movie night every Friday, and we rotate whose turn it is to pick the movie, and this Friday is my turn. We mostly go for "family" movies: Pixar, Blue Sky, Dreamworks, etc. It's hard to find non-animated movies that are suitable. We tried to watch The Goonies once, but what was acceptable in a PG film back in the '80s is too strong now -- we had to shut it off after 10 minutes due to the excessive foul language by the kids on screen.

I'd like to take a chance on watching Wayne's World, but it's been 20 years since I saw it, and I can't remember if the language is tolerable or not. My fall-back is Strange Brew with "Bob and Doug McKenzie". I seem to recall only one "racy" scene in that, but I suspect my kids won't realize what's being portrayed. I might also opt for The Phantom or Dick Tracy since we just recently watched The Shadow. Action movies I might try are Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, the Errol Flynn Robin Hood, or similar older action flicks.

Other than the films I mentioned above, can anyone suggest some possible live action (i.e. non-animated) movies? We already have the Neverending Story series, and have watched Jason and the Argonauts (which our kids liked), the new Wrath of the Titans ("Release the Kraken!"), and some of the old Sinbad movies from the '70s. We're slowly introducing them to old B&W movies like The Thin Man, Harvey, and similar fare, so something along those lines might be good.

So, any opinions on Wayne's World or some other possible live-action movies suitable for adults and an 11- and 13-year-old?
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Drew1365 wrote:
claymore_57 wrote:
I might also opt for The Phantom or Dick Tracy since we just recently watched The Shadow. Action movies I might try are Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, the Errol Flynn Robin Hood, or similar older action flicks.

Other than the films I mentioned above, can anyone suggest some possible live action (i.e. non-animated) movies?


The Rocketeer (1991)

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We're slowly introducing them to old B&W movies like The Thin Man, Harvey, and similar fare, so something along those lines might be good.


The Philadelphia Story
Bringing Up Baby
(my kids LOVE this one)
Sullivan's Travels
The Court Jester



I was just going to post 3 of the 5 movies that Drew did, so I'd say listen to him. There are a lot of old movies that are well worth watching.

We're also into musicals and Bollywood movies at our house. Thoroughly Modern Millie and Pirates of Penzance have gone over well lately.
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This one:

Second Hand Lions



And for an older movie, The Incredible Mr. Limpet (yeah, it's partly animated, but still a great movie!)
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If Goonies was too much, Wayne's world will be too.

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I don't think I can adequately convey how epic I think this movie is. I've easily seen it over 100 times.
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Don't let this image fool you. This movie is great.



I second the Mr. Limpett suggestion too.
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Here are a few of my favorites from the 80s

The Princess Bride
Big Trouble in Little China (might be too violent)
Real Genius
Back to the Future
Labyrinth (sentimental choice)
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James Bond films
Where Eagles Dare
Superman
Star Trek II
The Black Swan (1942)
Last Starfighter
Mysterious Island
Escape to Witch Mountain
North by Northwest
To Catch a Thief
Gunga Din
The Guns of Navaronne
Kelly's Heroes
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Against All Flags
The Crimson Pirate
Spartacus
Lawrence of Arabia
Duck Soup
Funny Face
Bugsy Malone
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Beetlejuice
Ghostbusters
Dracula
Little Shop of Horrors
Young Sherlock Holmes
Lost Boys
Frankenstein
King Kong
Return to Oz
E.T.
Fantastic Voyage
Krull
Planet of the Apes
Logan's Run
Conan
Beastmaster
Destry Rides Again
Rear Window
Topper
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Johnny Guitar
Cat People (1942)
Night of the Demon
DOA
Incredible Shrinking Man
Ladykillers (1955)
Lady From Shanghai
Mirage
Charade
His Girl Friday
Palm Beach Story
National Treasure
Fistful of Dollars (if you are alright with shooting violence).
The Warriors
Enter the Dragon

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Back to the Future


second that

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Jumanji
Dragon Heart
Free Willy
Big
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I love Back to the Future, but the first comment that my kids had when it was over was, "They sure swear a lot!" I wasn't sure whether to be embarassed that I hadn't noticed or happy that my kids did.

As for suggestions, some that haven't been mentioned
Star Wars
Harry Potter
Star Trek

(and you might be surprised at how much raciness kids pick up on, I know I was when my kids were that age......)
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Not really my strong suit as I mostly know animated ones. I did however quite enjoy Nanny McPhee.

I think it's a great family movie but I don't know whether your kids are not already too old for it. Edit: In case you watch this, just spare yourself the sequel. It's a pure (younger) kids movie and way too silly (but not in the good way) for adults.

I also remember enjoying lots of movies of Bud Spencer such as the "Flatfoot" police movies or many his cooperations with Terence Hill. But that was a long time ago so I'm not completely sure how well suited they are for your kids. I've looked them up on IMDB and the first Flatfoot carries a 14+ (Germany) certification while the other three were certified as low as 6+ or 12+ depeding on movie and cut.

Then there is Parent Trap with pre-crash Lindsay Lohan. Speaking of which, how about the Herbie The Lovebug movies (aside from the one with Lindsay Lohan)? Speaking of cars: Back to the Future? Whoa, that's a lot more than I thought.
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

We would watch more musicals, except my son (age 11) claims they give him a headache.

We *do* own “The Best Old Movies For Families”, but I was needing some quick suggestions.

I should have given a list of the movies we’ve watched, as some of the suggestions we’ve already seen and own (a couple of which we’re burnt-out on).
We already own/have seen and enjoyed:

Back to the Future (1 and 2, my son plans to pick #3 next week)
Beetlejuice
Darby O’Gill (burned-out -- we watch it every St. Patrick’s Day)
Dracula (original, 1932)
E.T.
Frankenstein (1932)
Ghostbusters (1 and 2)
Harry Potter (all 8)
Harvey
Incredible Mr. Limpet
Jumanji
King Kong (1931)
Labyrinth (I’d watch it again, but everyone else is burned out)
Nanny McPhee (1 and 2)
National Treasure (1 and 2)
Planet of the Apes (original, 1968?)
Star Wars (all 6)
Superman
The Court Jester
The Princess Bride (watch it every Valentine’s Day)
The Rocketeer (burned out)
To Catch a Thief
Young Frankenstein (I mute the dialog at a couple of swears)

My wife is planning to pick Second Hand Lions on her next rotation, so I don’t want to jump the gun on that.

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If Goonies was too much, Wayne's world will be too.

OK. Sounds like that is out.

The ones below are not something my kids would be interested in (either they wouldn’t understand the thrillers or the action, or the subject would be boring to them), and a few I don’t think are age-appropriate:
Bugsy Malone
Cat People (1942)
Charade
DOA
Enter the Dragon (might be OK)
Kelly's Heroes
Lady From Shanghai
Lawrence of Arabia
Lost Boys
Mirage
Night of the Demon
North by Northwest
Palm Beach Story
Rear Window
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Spartacus
The Black Swan (1942)
The Guns of Navaronne
The Warriors (1955 might be OK, the 1979 version is out)
Where Eagles Dare

That still gives me a good selection to pick from:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A Night at the Opera
Against All Flags
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (they may have already seen this)
Big Trouble in Little China
Bringing Up Baby
Captain Blood
Coconuts
Crimson Pirate
Dragonheart
Duck Soup
Ladykillers (1955)
Last Starfighter
Star Trek 2 and 3
The Sea Hawk
Three Musketeers (1973)

Thanks for all your help!
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How about Captain America The First Avenger?

Action movie, lots of explosions, well plotted, no language issues, there is a romantic subplot but it really doesn't go anywhere a parent would have problems with.
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Can't believe that no one hasn't mentioned Miyazaki yet.



Start with My Neighbor Totoro and you'll inevitably end up watching everything else Miyazaki has done.
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Spaceballs, though there is one F-bomb if that's not your thing (but your kids know that word anyway).

What about sports movies that aren't specifically kid fare like Rudy or Hoosiers?

Also, while it's not a family film, On Golden Pond is an excellent film about family.
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erak wrote:

Also, while it's not a family film, On Golden Pond is an excellent film about family.


...and he delivers!

But there's not much more I can add that hasn't been said.


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Can't believe that no one hasn't mentioned Miyazaki yet.



Start with My Neighbor Totoro and you'll inevitably end up watching everything else Miyazaki has done.


In our defense, the OP specifically asked for live-action movies.
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i know it isnt live action but it is the only movie i get a tad teary at every time i watch it


also kaiju movies will be great especially if they already like harryhausen stuff


my favorite "message from space" finally is making its way to dvd
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CrankyPants wrote:
Can't believe that no one hasn't mentioned Miyazaki yet.



Start with My Neighbor Totoro and you'll inevitably end up watching everything else Miyazaki has done.


Yeah, I JUST saw that. It's fun and really amazing visually.
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Big Trouble has f-bombs and other bad language
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Just trying to figure this out:
Why Against all Flags but not The Black Swan?
Why Bringing up Baby but not Palm Beach Story?
Why To Catch a Thief by not North by Northwest?
Why 20,000 Leagues but not Mysterious Island?
Why Ladykillers but not Charade?

No Bugsy Malone because it is a musical? It has violence in it, but the guns shoot pies.
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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. It's PG, but I don't remember any language or real violence in it. Awesome movie.

And if you don't already know about it, CommonsenseMedia.org (http://www.commonsensemedia.org/) is a good source for reviews on movies and other media for families.
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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.


Thumbed because one of my best friends did special effects on it.
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