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Best family movies for hunkering down during the snow storm

Last night we were trying to come up with some good family-friendly movies to watch while hunkered down during the snow storm, and for the days afterward while we're mostly home.

I asked friends for suggestions, given these parameters: It had to not have too much kissing (so my 11-year-old son wouldn't puke) and not too much scariness (so my 8-year-old daughter wouldn't have nightmares) and no Pixars because I think we've seen them all.

Here are some of the suggestions we received, in no particular order:

  • Secret of Kells
  • The Princess Bride
  • Short Circuit
  • School of Rock
  • Nacho Libre
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Spirited Away*
  • Sky High
  • Minute Men
  • The Secret of Roan Inish
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Enders Game
  • Parental Guidance
  • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Bad News Bears
  • Herbie
  • Space Balls
  • Star Wars
  • Iron Giant
  • Hugo
  • TinTin
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Hunger Games
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Harry Potter(s)
  • Blackbeard's Ghost
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • Any Laurel and Hardy
  • Fly Away Home
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  • Millions
  • Rocky
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Whale Rider

Many of those we've watched and some will be added to our go-to list. Unfortunately, it turned out that for some reason we were unable to stream Netflix or Amazon Instant Video even though we had power and Internet access, so we ended up putting in "Spinal Tap" on DVD, but I think it was kind of going over my daughter's head so we ended up watching a few old "Simpsons" episodes on DVD.

Then after my daughter went to bed, my son and I watched "Stand By Me." on DVD (Of course, I'm just dorky enough that I paused it every little while to advise him to never try to dodge a train, to never play with guns, to not lie to your parents about where you'll be, etc., but he still loved the movie.)

*I saw "Spirited Away" before we had kids and I found it super creepy, though I know lots of people who love it.

What movies would you add to this list? Leave your comment at the bottom of the page.

 

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