That's right boys and girls, my dirty little secret is that I like certain kinds of family movies, mostly of the PG & PG-13 variety. As a rule, I really detest most Disney movies (the amount of Disney movies that I have seen you can count on one hand, and the last one I saw was when my daughter was in the single digit age range), which harkens back to watching the Wonderful World of Disney and the Saturday afternoon town movie matinee as a kid.
While I'm willing to watch almost anything, the ones that I do enjoy watching are the ones that are story driven. While a few of those are of the R rated variety (21 Grams for example featuring Sean Penn. Say what you want about his politics, but he is willing to stretch it as an actor), the remaining ones are PG & PG-13. While this short list is by no means definitive as it applies to me, the ones on that make this short list are those that really resonate with me as a movie-goer.
So without further ado and in no particular order of importance, here are some of my favorite family oriented films, along with the appropriate link and maybe a factoid or two.
1} Little Secrets: David Gallagher, who played Emily's suitor, was featured in the t.v. series "Seventh Heaven".
2} Secondhand Lions: the comic strip that you see at the very end, was drawn by Berkeley Breathed, he of Bloom County fame.
3} 2012: I thought this movie was better than Deep Impact, which dealt with roughly the same issues.
4} Facing The Giants: a Christian oriented family movie that comes off showing the faith without being preachy.
5} Tender Mercies: I believe in the movie, Robert Duvall sings and plays the guitar.
6} Bicentennial Man: Always loved Robin Williams as an actor.
7} Akelah & The Bee: A cool movie that isn't maudlin about a determined underdog.
8} Save The Last Dance: Julia Stiles was a featured player in season 5 of Dexter.
9} Places In The Heart: John Malkovich has a featured role in this (yet another fine example on how he has stretched out his acting chops).
10} Stepmom. I found this be a very good tearjerker of a movie. If you loved Michael Keaton's My Life, then you'll love this one.
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