Parental Guidance

Three Movies about Incredible Families You Can Watch After Incredibles 2

by | June 15, 2018 | Comments

Pixar’s latest effort, a sequel to the 2004 hit The Incredibles, is another Certified Fresh winner, and it’s already breaking ticket sales records. If you have kids of theater-going age, then you’re likely going to see Incredibles 2 this weekend. With that in mind, Christy Lemire tells you what you might need to keep an eye out for if you’ve got very young children, and she also offers three more movies about unusual families that you can watch at home.


Incredibles 2 (2018) 93%

Rating: PG, for action sequences and some brief mild language.

Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Jack-Jack, and Edna Mode are back in this high-energy sequel to the 2004 Pixar Animation hit The Incredibles. Writer-director Brad Bird also returns, picking up right where he left off with the first film. But many citizens now lament the damage superheroes cause while fighting crime and saving lives, and politicians want to outlaw them entirely. So a wealthy brother and sister (voiced by Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener) enlist the Parr family for a campaign to rehabilitate their image, starting with Holly Hunter’s Elastigirl. At the same time, a villain is on the loose, hypnotizing people and forcing them to behave violently using the moniker the Screenslaver. Will the Incredibles be able to stop him? And will the diminutive diva designer Edna Mode (also Bird) find something fabulous for them to wear while they’re trying? Incredibles 2 is just as much fun as the original. It’s thrillingly paced and beautifully detailed, with toddler Jack-Jack nearly stealing the whole thing while feeling out his newfound powers. But some moments with the Screenslaver – who wears a menacing mask and lurks in the shadows – might be too scary for very little kids, including one scene in particular that takes place at his dark, hidden lab in an old apartment building. Also, the effect his hypnosis has on people might disturb young viewers. Incredibles 2 has the sorts of chases, fistfights, and general peril you’d expect from a summer blockbuster. But it also has a lot of worthwhile messages about sticking together and fighting for what’s right. Fine for viewers around 7 and older.


If you’re looking for other movies involving unusual families that you can share with your own family, here are a few suggestions:

Freaky Friday (1976) 70%

Rating: G

Well, they’re only unusual for a day – a particular Friday, that is – but Annabel Andrews and her mom do cram in a lot of wild adventures over just a few short hours. A young Jodie Foster — in one of the veteran actress’ great, early roles — stars as a stressed-out teenager who thinks her mom has it easy. Meanwhile, her harried mother (a game Barbara Harris) envies the simplicity she sees in Annabel’s young life. Neither of them truly understands the challenges the other faces on a daily basis – but they get a taste when they accidentally wish to switch lives for the day. This is a classic body-swap comedy as well as a vintage Disney live-action family film. Both mother and daughter find themselves caught in a lot of awkward moments and slapstick calamities. A car chase, an out-of-control washing machine, and a water skiing extravaganza are among the many wacky antics that erupt throughout the day. It’s all wholesome, harmless fun. A remake came out in 2003 starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, and while it was certainly enjoyable (and had more high-tech special effects), the original has an old-fashioned charm about it. Good for all ages.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOW, iTunes

The Simpsons Movie (2007) 87%

Rating: PG-13, for irreverent humor throughout.

Our son, who is now 8, has been watching The Simpsons for years. He reads the comic books. He quotes random, classic lines from the show. He looks to troublemaking Bart as a charismatic role model. Now, this may not be your particular parenting path. You may think The Simpsons are inappropriate, despite their pleasingly colorful, animated appearance. And I totally get that. But if your kids love The Simpsons, they’ll love this feature-length adventure. All the same slapstick is there, along with the trademark satire for older viewers to appreciate. As always, Matt Groening’s creation manages to be accessible yet sophisticated all at once. The plot has to do with Homer causing a catastrophe when he adopts a pet pig. Injuries and inside pop culture references abound. We also get some Bart nudity, in case you want to prepare to shield your kids’ eyes. The Simpsons Movie has the same great energy and brash humor as the TV show and the same underlying heart. Fine for viewers around 9 and older.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes

The Addams Family (1991) 64%

Rating: PG-13

This is the feature film version of the 1960s sitcom of the same name, which follows the misadventures of the ghoulish Addams clan. But while director Barry Sonnenfeld maintains the television show’s playfully monstrous vibe, the humor here tends to be a tad more grown-up and darker. It’s about the eccentric, wealthy Addamses – including father Gomez (Raul Julia), mother Morticia (Anjelica Huston), and daughter Wednesday (Christina Ricci) – becoming the target of a scheme to steal their fortune. Madcap hilarity and macabre frights ensure. The mere look of these characters and their world is probably too much for very little kids, though. An animated remake is planned for 2019 from the directors of Sausage Party, featuring Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Finn Wolfhard among the voice cast, but you can get your Addams fix before then. And now that catchy theme song is stuck in your head. You’re welcome (snap, snap). Fine for viewers around 10 and older.

Watch now on: AmazonFandangoNOWiTunes

Tag Cloud

GLAAD cars Drama Tarantino vampires venice Superheroe Trophy Talk Lifetime Christmas movies mockumentary YouTube Red independent Video Games spy thriller free movies french ITV comics TCA Photos romance ABC rotten social media japanese rt archives Fall TV critics jurassic park reboot VH1 mission: impossible slashers documentaries MSNBC doctor who Marvel Pixar screen actors guild period drama The Arrangement ESPN 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Quiz breaking bad BAFTA El Rey Sundance golden globe awards Spectrum Originals ID Western transformers VICE Alien President spain CW Seed TCA Winter 2020 comic books Certified Fresh child's play women dogs Disney Logo stoner YouTube italian crime twilight Mystery fresh 45 medical drama comic rotten movies we love 71st Emmy Awards Polls and Games Pop TV Toys ABC Signature Netflix children's TV Comics on TV biography Sundance Now zombie LGBTQ award winner Pop SDCC Mary Poppins Returns technology crossover New York Comic Con 007 Comedy Marvel Television RT21 History cancelled TV series Emmys Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt green book BBC witnail SXSW satire Cannes psychological thriller Baby Yoda American Society of Cinematographers Travel Channel Spring TV Heroines jamie lee curtis Teen USA Network Character Guide The Walking Dead superhero Epix scary movies CMT nature Rocky canceled TV shows Spike Red Carpet teaser comiccon casting psycho political drama blaxploitation Fantasy Writers Guild of America Turner Classic Movies NBC Schedule south america BET TBS APB FX on Hulu Hallmark worst elevated horror supernatural Ellie Kemper TV renewals WGN Rock cancelled TV shows 20th Century Fox Sundance TV directors TCM Film Winter TV PaleyFest VOD cancelled television golden globes spanish language science fiction Hallmark Christmas movies dark FXX Super Bowl television Chernobyl E3 Amazon Studios 2020 X-Men First Reviews Television Critics Association toronto revenge DC Comics universal monsters sports Peacock Awards Oscars Comic Book foreign Disney streaming service Television Academy Endgame NYCC TCA 2017 Masterpiece Lucasfilm Set visit based on movie werewolf ABC Family 4/20 First Look joker canceled series Marathons DC streaming service CNN romantic comedy dramedy Paramount Network Turner anthology YouTube Premium hollywood Summer Interview Countdown screenings game of thrones streaming unscripted 24 frames Winners Avengers DC Universe versus Apple TV+ Elton John Fox Searchlight Pet Sematary Cosplay anime crime thriller Song of Ice and Fire Arrowverse Infographic TruTV Showtime Nominations The Purge HBO A24 Superheroes Paramount natural history stand-up comedy YA See It Skip It Starz MCU miniseries Chilling Adventures of Sabrina FX Christmas halloween tv Comedy Central politics Thanksgiving Biopics Year in Review Country cancelled Netflix Christmas movies Black Mirror sequels 72 Emmy Awards HBO Go emmy awards Best and Worst justice league concert Film Festival The Academy cinemax aliens E! DGA book christmas movies 2015 Star Wars Mindy Kaling TIFF Opinion nfl movie obituary classics pirates of the caribbean thriller The CW fast and furious zombies Trailer ghosts Mudbound Kids & Family hist San Diego Comic-Con indie Walt Disney Pictures Apple TLC Nickelodeon finale FOX sag awards IFC Films Premiere Dates OWN films a nightmare on elm street TV Land Amazon Disney+ Disney Plus chucky zero dark thirty Amazon Prime diversity Reality Competition disaster Britbox TV strong female leads SundanceTV GoT Hear Us Out Awards Tour historical drama adaptation true crime Shudder Holidays WarnerMedia spinoff hispanic cooking Martial Arts worst movies Disney Plus asian-american cats Anna Paquin Paramount Plus USA Lifetime Captain marvel Disney Channel animated Shondaland halloween Mary poppins LGBT kids cops Mary Tyler Moore Sci-Fi TNT quibi video Universal Acorn TV Trivia parents Adult Swim toy story serial killer National Geographic Pride Month Holiday facebook war renewed TV shows nbcuniversal Vudu Black History Month theme song dceu Action crime drama Ovation deadpool 2016 stop motion robots Tubi australia Classic Film The Walt Disney Company Lionsgate space scorecard Funimation Calendar talk show police drama GIFs remakes Women's History Month harry potter Sneak Peek A&E 2018 Apple TV Plus Food Network comedies Nat Geo name the review composers Music Horror all-time sitcom Tumblr Discovery Channel Amazon Prime Video Animation PBS BET Awards Crunchyroll CBS discovery MTV franchise Syfy reviews Musical Esquire Cartoon Network IFC rom-coms criterion 99% movies indiana jones laika Sony Pictures docudrama BBC One 2019 boxing Emmy Nominations travel adventure Family Rom-Com blockbuster news Box Office Reality football dc Musicals archives cartoon tv talk singing competition CBS All Access binge Fox News mutant TCA Awards latino Marvel Studios Star Trek Grammys Stephen King ratings what to watch trailers Watching Series best batman Creative Arts Emmys Ghostbusters james bond Crackle Academy Awards game show TV One AMC die hard RT History HBO Max Freeform 21st Century Fox richard e. Grant black Valentine's Day Warner Bros. ViacomCBS boxoffice festival Podcast Rocketman documentary cults OneApp Election Tomatazos The Witch Columbia Pictures video on demand Pirates BBC America Bravo sequel spider-man festivals dragons Extras PlayStation Brie Larson Hulu 2017 DirecTV Binge Guide Dark Horse Comics spanish