Family Film Night Suggestions
A Note on Film Ratings:
Parental Guidance. This is the rating for “general viewing”, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. The British Board of Film Classification states that a PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older.
12A: these films contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12: a younger child could see this in a cinema, but they could only do so if accompanied by an adult.
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.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (U) - Box Set
Sabrina lives with her otherworldly aunts and their talking black cat. Long ago, the witches council ordered Sabrina’s aunts to teach her witchcraft when she reached her 16th birthday. In this box set, the life of a teenage girl at school is combined with the supernatural world of magic. I love this! Trailer
Paper Planes (U)
12 year old Dylan has a passion for everything that flies, and when a regional paper plane tournament is announced at his primary school, he soon discovers his natural talent for creating the ultimate paper plane. A whirlwind adventure takes him all the way to the world paper plane championships in Japan where Dylan learns that if at first you don’t succeed, fly, fly again! Trailer
After a gentle little alien becomes stranded on Earth he is discovered by a young boy called Elliot. The alien is named ET (extra terrestrial) and having been smuggled into Eliot’s home in suburban California, his life comes under threat as a result of Government intervention. Trailer
Cool Runnings (PG)
Loosely based on the true story of the Jamaican bobsleigh team who dream of competing in the Winter Olympics in 1988, despite never having seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory.Watch the trailer here
Hidden Figures (PG)
Another film loosely based on real-life events. This is the story of three brilliant, female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space programme. They must brush off everyday office racism in order to prove themselves in one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Watch this for the storytelling, the positive message about education and the value of hard work, and the struggle against prejudice at a time when gender and racial inequality were far greater than they are today. Watch the trailer here.
Chariots of Fire (PG)
The story of two athletes who represent Britain in the 1924 Olympic Games: one of them is a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and the other is an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice. Both men are inspirational characters who do not compromise on their values, and have the courage and strength to follow through with their beliefs. Watch the trailer here.
An eleven year old boy runs away from school and journeys across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul. A moving and uplifting film that Liverpool fans particularly, will enjoy. Will’s story here may not be true, but the 2005 Champion’s League Final which is often referred to as the Miracle of Istanbul, is regarded as one of the greatest games in the history of the tournament.
Queen of Katwe (PG)
Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player, winning local competitions and tournaments, and so opening the door to a bright future and a chance to escape from a life of poverty. Watch the trailer here.
100 Foot Journey (PG)
A young man from India with extraordinary culinary talents finds himself settling in a small French village with his family where they decide to open a restaurant. 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred French eatery. Culture clash and friendship unfold with an understanding that will change both sides forever. Trailer
Based on the book, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which affects the development of bones and other facial tissues. He enters mainstream school for the first time in fifth grade and faces problems fitting in, but his journey eventually unites all and proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Trailer
The Great Escape (PG)
In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the finest escape team in military history was assembled and they worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. Based on a true story. An old film - but a great one. Trailer
Life of Pi (PG)
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. Together they face nature's majestic grandeur and fury on an epic journey of discovery. Trailer
A 5-year-old boy called Saroo gets lost on a train and is stranded away from home. Somehow he survives living on the streets of Kolkata, before ending up in an orphanage. Eventually he is adopted by an Australian couple, finding love and security, but suppressing his hope of finding home. With just a small store of memories Saroo embarks on a truly epic quest for home. Trailer
Miss Potter (PG)
The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success. Trailer
Eddie the Eagle (PG)
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Trailer
This acclaimed biographical drama presents major events in the life of Mohandas Gandhi, the much loved Indian leader who stood against British rule over his country. Dedicated to the concept of nonviolent resistance, Gandhi is initially dismissed by English officials, including the influential Lord Irwin, but eventually he and his cause become internationally renowned, and his gatherings of passive protest move India towards independence. Trailer
The Madness of King George (PG)
Ageing King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales, from usurping the throne. Trailer
Amazing Grace (PG)
In 18th-century England, William Wilberforce and his close friend William Pitt, the future prime minister, begin a lengthy battle to abolish the British slave trade. Trailer
Jesus Christ Superstar (PG)
This "rock opera" tells the story of the final days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. This is not a simple retelling of the biblical story. It is an incredibly powerful and engaging musical. Trailer I LOVE the 70s spin … clothes… hairstyles… hippies and a scene that is a personal favourite with Simon Zealotes and a chorus of incredible dancers. Dance Scene.
Blast from the Past (12)
In 1962 an eccentric scientist who thinks that a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union is possible, builds a bomb shelter in his basement.when he thinks things are going escalate, he takes his pregnant wife into the bomb shelter and a plane flying over lost control, the pilot bailed out and the plane crashed into their house which activated the shelter's locks (designed not to open for 35 years). She gives birth to a boy whom they name Adam. Trailer
Hunt for the Wilder People (12)
Foster child Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family, but when his foster aunt dies, he and Uncle Hec go on the run in the bush. A national manhunt ensues and the newly branded outlaws must assess their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Trailer
The King's Speech (12A)
The story of King George VI, who sees an Australian speech therapist in his efforts to cope with a life-long stutter. The men become friends and after his brother abdicates, King George VI relies on his speech therapist to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain's declaration of war on Germany in 1939. Watch the trailer here.
The Pursuit of Happyness (12A)
This American biographical film is based on the life of a bright and talented but marginally employed salesman. Having invested his entire life savings in portable bone density scanners, Chris Gardner struggles to sell them fast enough to match the demands of his family, and finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life and future. Watch the trailer here.
One Chance (12A)
The true story of Paul Potts, a shop assistant who became a phenomenon after appearing on Britain's Got Talent. A life-affirming film about a shy, small town boy who, with a flip of the coin, changed his life forever. Inspirational. Trailer
A single man raises his spirited young niece who has amazing mathematical abilities. She is … gifted. Trailer
The Good Lie (12A)
Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. They trek across the savanna facing hardship, sacrifice and death to a refugee camp in Kenya. Years later, they are among several thousand selected for resettlement in America. Trailer
Catch Me If You Can (12)
A teenage con artist manages to convince people at various times that he is an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer, while making and cashing forged cheques all over the world. Just a few years later, the FBI, who have been pursuing him from nearly the beginning, track him down in France. Trailer
After his 27-year imprisonment and subsequent election as President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela faces the task of unifying a country divided by race. Only months since the end of apartheid, divisions still exist between the country's whites and blacks. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. Trailer
The Imitation Game (12)
Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Trailer
NB ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS read the Parent’s guide on IMDB for information about sex and nudity, alcohol, drugs, frightening scenes, violence, gore etc. It’s all too easy to miss some shocking details because your cousin , brother or best friend who doesn’t have children recommended a film they thought was great. They didn't watch it through the eyes of a junior school child.