You might not want to burst the holiday bubble, but sadly - or not if you are exhausted! - we have only a week before our little treasures return to school. When you've been for a few bracing walks in the park, visited the Treasures of Tutankhamun and braved the shops to look at the sales, I think you deserve to sit still for a bit ... at home ...on the sofa.
The films listed here are for the whole family, mostly rated 12 by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Films classified 12 contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12. The bottom line with this list: you have to call the shots depending on the age of your children and what you think is suitable.
Bear in mind that what's OK in one house may not be in another. So, ALWAYS read the Parent’s guide on IMDB for information about nudity, sex, violence, gore etc. Only you will know if this is a film you don't mind your child watching.
Now, plump up the cushions, settle down with a box of chocolates or some popcorn and get ready to escape into another world.
Seven Family Films to see you into 2020
1. Blinded by the Light (12)
Javed is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton in 1987. He writes poetry as a way to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the views of his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteeen, Javed sees parallels between the singer's powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Springsteen's melodies soon inspire Javed to find his own voice and follow his dreams. See the trailer here. 🎶👨🏽🎓🇺🇸
2. Yesterday (12)
Jack, a struggling singer-songwriter from Lowestoft, is hit by a bus during a global blackout. Upon regaining consciousness, he learns to his astonishment that everyone in the world has forgotten the Beatles. Realising this wonderful opportunity, he begins playing their music as his own work, meeting Ed Sheeran and becoming a worldwide musical sensation. But he must make a moral decision about his plagiarism and his future. See the trailer here. 🎸🎤⚡️
3. The Blind Side (12)
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
See the trailer here. 🏈🙎🏾♂️❤️
4. Quartet (12)
Cissy, Reggie and Wilf are in a home for retired musicians. Every year there is a concert to celebrate Composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on, and it does.
See the trailer here. 👵🏼🎶👫
5. Dolphin Tale (U)
While swimming free in the ocean, a young dolphin gets caught in a trap and severely damages her tail. Though she is rescued and transported to Clearwater Marine Hospital, her tail cannot be saved, and the prognosis is dire. What the dolphin, now named Winter, needs is a miracle. She gets that miracle in the form of a marine biologist (Harry Connick Jr.), a prosthetics designer (Morgan Freeman), and a devoted boy (Nathan Gamble), who find a way to help Winter swim again.
See the trailer here. 🐬🏊🏼♂️👫
6. The Terminal (12)
An Eastern European tourist, Viktor, arrives at JFK in New York, war breaks out in his country and he finds himself caught up in international politics. Because of the war, the Department of Homeland Security won't let him enter or exit the United States. He's trapped at JFK -- indefinitely. While living at the airport, Viktor falls for a flight attendant. But will he ever leave the terminal?
See the trailer here. ✈️🛂🇺🇸
7. The Incredibles (U)
Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible), and his wife Helen (Elastigirl), were once world famous crime-fighting superheroes, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they have no choice but to retire as superheroes, now living a "normal life" with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.
I couldn't resist one last treat for those of you who have travelled by air recently: a fun compilation on airports and air travel from Michael McIntyre, TV legend. I hope you giggle as much as I did! Watch here.
Remember, if your child has exams in the next month, they too need to factor in some downtime and watching a film together might be just what the doctor ordered. In addition, Maths Fun for Cool Kids and Revision Fun for Clever Kids might provide some light relief in those moments of madness. If you want to buy both, the discount code BACKTOSCHOOL will get you £5 off your purchase only until 12th January 2020. Visit www.jumpingyak.com
That's all for now, until next time when I'll be sharing some essential podcasts and documentaries for those who love history and geography, and whose children love these subjects too.