Family Movies to Enjoy with Your Tween

Family Movies to Enjoy with Your Tween | Twin Cities Mom Collective

There comes a point where your kids are way past Paw Patrol, just barely beyond Lego Friends, approaching Gossip Girl, and not ready for Tiger King.  Whew!  What to watch for family movie nights?  You need something age appropriate that will engage the kids and also keep the parents from losing interest and surfing their phones.  Bonus if it teaches a life lesson.  And it’s a fun walk down memory lane if it’s a movie you watched as a kid.  Here are a handful of movies and shows my family has enjoyed, our comments on each, and some movies we have on our watch list.

Soul Surfer (Rated PG)

Parent Rating: A, “I thought it had great life lessons about overcoming adversity and not giving up.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A, “I liked that it was a true story and I’m glad they made a movie so more people can know what she went through.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: A, “I liked how she pursued her dream and kept surfing.”

Hidden Figures (Rated PG)

Parent Rating: A+, “Loved this movie and the themes of historical racial and gender inequality.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A+, “It’s a good movie about the contributions African American women made in launching people into space.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: A, “I liked how it teaches a lesson about how people should have the same rights.”

Miracles from Heaven (Rated: PG)

Parent Rating: A, “I thought it was a touching and beautiful story!”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: B, “I thought it was a little unrealistic.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: A+, “It was kind of sad but it was a miracle that happened so I liked it.”

Jurassic Park (Rated: PG13, the original)

Parent Rating: A+, “Classic movie I remember watching as a kid – love it!  But the dinos look pretty fake now that I’m older.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A+, “I liked that it kept you on the edge of your seat.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: B, “It was kind of scary but I still liked it.”

Hunger Games (Rated: PG13)

Parent Rating: A+, “It was good, I really enjoyed the books too.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A+, “I liked the books and the movie didn’t have as much detail but I still liked it.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: didn’t watch it as it seemed too mature for her.

Divergent (Rated: PG13)

Parent Rating: A, “Seemed similar to Hunger Games but it was also good.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A+ “The books had way more detail and it was kind of like Hunger Games, but it was really good!”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: didn’t watch it as it seemed too mature for her.

Free Rein (Rated: G)

Parent Rating: A, “It was a good story about inclusion.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A, “It was a good mystery and it involved horses so I liked it.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: A, “I liked that it had horses.”

Down to Earth with Zac Efron (Rated: PG)

Parent Rating: A, “It’s strange to see Zac Efron all grown up but I liked seeing all the interesting places around the world, especially Iceland.  Educational and entertaining.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A, “It was pretty good, it was cool to see interesting things about the Earth and I liked when they baked bread in the hot rocks.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: B+, “Not my favorite but it was pretty good.”

A League of Their Own (Rated: PG)

Parent Rating: A, “Fun to watch through an adult perspective when I watched it a long time ago as a kid.  Lessons about jealousy and perseverance.”

12 Year Old Kid Rating: A+, “It was an interesting story about the girls baseball team and it was funny.”

10 Year Old Kid Rating: A, “I liked that it was about how girls can play sports that were mostly made for boys.”

Other movies (and their ratings) on our list:

  • Karate Kid, PG
  • Back to the Future, PG
  • Breakthrough, PG
  • Call of the Wild, PG
  • Indiana Jones, PG
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon, PG13
  • Remember the Titans, PG
  • Miracle, PG
  • Big, PG
  • The Overcomer, PG
  • Walk Ride Rodeo, PG
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, PG.

As we settle into Fall, it’s a great time to grab a cozy blanket and some popcorn to enjoy some movies with your family!

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Hi! I'm Jami Willander, just your average super Mom (but aren't we all?) I'm a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and work full time in finance at the University of Minnesota Physicians. I have a husband of almost 14 years and two daughters, ages 9 and 11. I'm a native Texan who took the scenic route with a military parent and ended up in Minnesota about half my life ago. I’ve long settled into being Minnesotan as I love tater tot hotdish and rarely say Ya’ll anymore! My family likes to camp at MN state parks and make the most of our state’s beautiful summers and lakes. I like music, travelling, kickboxing, dark chocolate, sunsets, and watermelon in no particular order. I try to keep up the balance of work, life, occasional adventures, and sanity while mostly surviving and sometimes thriving. In my free time you can find me at my kids’ sports and school activities, watching Netflix, trying a new recipe, or reading historical fiction.

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