15 family friendly films on NOW TV which the whole family will (hopefully) enjoy.
I have been waiting for ages to publish this post, since I was actually waiting for some rainy days to recommend NOW TV family films to watch on ha! Seriously how lovely has this weather been?! Today though, we have actually had some much needed rain in Cornwall with more forecast and it looks like other areas will be having some too.
The summer holidays can work out to be really expensive if we aren’t careful, so it’s handy to have something low cost to do. Such as buying a NOW TV pass and having a cinema day with home-made popcorn!
If you buy a NOW TV Smart Stick you can pop it into any television in the house and have quick access to your NOW TV and you can even take the Smart Stick on holiday with you in the UK and the rest of Europe. You just need a television and access to WiFi, then with your Smart Stick dongle, you can take your NOW TV with you. It might even buy you some lie ins by keeping the children amused when they wake at 5am…
Anyway here’s my list of 15 brilliant family films to keep you all entertained this summer – I have only listed ones that are PG or U rated, to make sure that they’re suitable for everyone. I’ll be doing another post for the older children soon.
Beauty and the Beast
Both the original animated version and the new film version are on NOW TV movies at the moment. Personally my favourite will always be the animated version, what about you?
Despicable Me 3
I actually watched this on the plane home from the US and laughed a few times forgetting I was wearing headphones and so laughed louder than intended. In this one Gru meets his long lost twin brother.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Greg hatches a plot to divert his family road trip to a videogame convention. The films are based on the books and tend to be really popular with Tweens.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
I was about seven or eight when this came out and I still love it now even after watching it a ridiculous amount of times. It’s one of those films that each generation seems to love. In case you haven’t watched it, basically there’s an accident and the scientist father’s experimental equipment accidentally shrinks his own children and those of the neighbours. The tiny children end up in the wilderness – aka the backyard with giant bugs and more to contend with.
How on Earth is this film 27 years old already?! This was a childhood favourite of mine, which is just brilliant. Based on the Peter Pan books, this is one of my favourite Robin Williams films.
Horton Hears a Who
One of my personal favourites! Based on the Dr Seuss book, Horton the elephant has to try and keep the Who people safe because no-one else believes that they exist.
Three of the Jurassic Park films are on NOWTV Movies and although you will need to consider whether your child is mature enough not to have dinosaur related nightmares, the films are PG rated. They are also in my opinion fantastic.
I love Moana, the songs on it are ace and it has a strong female lead who has to try and save her people.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
The Percy Jackson films are fantastic and are films that you’ll enjoy as much as the children. Although it’s a PG I would say it’s better for slightly older children for them to understand what is going on and there are a couple of bits that could scare smaller children.
Tangled is one of my favourite Disney films, it’s based on the story of Rapunzel, but in this film version the princess is the one saving the man’s (in this case a thief rather than a prince) life rather than being helpless and being saved herself.
Toy Story 1, 2 and 3
Okay so this is 3 films really, but they’re all great and I couldn’t choose a favourite. I’m sure everyone has heard of toy story, but if not basically the toys come alive when no-one is watching and have a lot of fun, sometimes slightly scary adventures.
With the new film out in the cinema, now is a great time to watch the original before going to see it. The boys loved this film about a superhero family when they were younger and the 12 year old says the new film is really good too.
Confession time… I watched this one on my own without any children being present. It’s a lovely film and the sound track is brilliant, I was singing along. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely add this to your watch list!
The original film, which personally I think is the best one, as great as the new one is.
I love this film, not only does it have some funny bits in, but it also has some lovely positive messages for children. Including a bunny who wants to be a police officer despite everyone laughing at her and saying she can’t be one as no bunny has been one before. She does it through hard work,