We’ve pulled together this list of the best family movies guaranteed to provide a serious case of the giggles. From old movies to new renditions of classics, you’ll have no trouble making a selection. Don’t forget the popcorn.
Despicable Me (2010)
Steve Carell is the voice of Gru, a suburban supervillain whose seemingly innocuous home sits above a vast underground lair populated by hordes of yellow gibberish-speaking minions. Gru is prone to freeze-raying passers-by and plots to steal the moon, but when he adopts three adorable tow-headed orphan girls it’s not long before their plucky charm and winning optimism begin to melt his cold, cold heart.
The Parent Trap (1998)
There are mischievous antics, hysterical camp moments and, at the heart of it all, a tender story. Lindsay Lohan’s portrayal of twin sisters separated by their parents’ divorce has become a beloved remake all ’90s children love when they need a good laugh, cry and happy ending.
Toy Story (1995)
While multiple iterations of Toy Story have turned it into a substantial franchise, the original tale is still our favourite by far. Who can forget meeting Woody and Buzz for the first time? Just don’t be surprised when
your kids start looking at their own toys a
Home Alone (1990)
Kids will love mischief-maker Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy whose family accidentally leaves him behind when rushing out of the house for Christmas vacation in France. Alone in their Chicago home, Kevin learns to fend for himself. Eventually, Kevin must protect his home against Harry and Marv, who plan to burglarise the entire neighbourhood.
While kids’ movies were making pop-cultural references before this DreamWorks toon came out, none of them were quite as savvy as this ogre’s tale in dismantling legendary bedtime stories – and in a way that kids would find both clever and funny.
Talking animals in a Disney film? Nothing new there. But this animated adventure takes the idea somewhere fresh by giving us a distinctly human world, with cities, streets and ice cream parlours populated by almost every mammal you can think of. The critters are voiced by Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons and more notable celebs, plus there are some fantastic set pieces for older audiences, including a brilliant comic slow burn with a very leisurely bureaucratic sloth and a charming riff on the wedding scene from The Godfather.
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
Are you prepared for the LEGO action? If so, buckle up for a giggle-filled ride with Bruce Wayne and his battle against those who evilly plot to rule Gotham City. He also accidentally adopts a goofball orphan who desperately wants to be his sidekick.
Inside Out (2015)
What would life be like if your feelings were on display for all to see? This Pixar-animated film cleverly shows us when feelings (literally) come alive through Riley, an 11-year-old girl who has some trouble adjusting to her new environs when her parents uproot her from Minnesota and move to San Fransisco.
School of Rock (2003)
Science projects and study sessions go awry when “Mr. Schneebly” shows up to class. The goofy and unorganised teacher is really a rock ’n’ roll musician and tricks the class into performing in a local competition. What will happen when his big secret lets out?
Peter Rabbit (2018)
Beatrix Potter’s infamous bunny gets an extra dose of mischief in this modern rendition of the classic tale. As Peter and co. lash out against McGregor in the hopes of winning Bea’s affection, kids (along with their
adult counterparts) will swoon over the hilarious antics.
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Pee-Wee Herman sets out on a quest to find his missing red bike, something he is unable to part ways with. While on his journey to find his prized possession, he has many interesting adventures along the way.
The Incredibles (2004)
This super hero, crime-fighting family has won the hearts of children and adults alike as it takes on evil.
Kung Fu Panda (2008–2016)
The trio of films garners a lot of attention for its ironic main character – the super-lazy, clumsy and out-of-shape Po, a panda bear who secretly wants to be a master of kung fu.
Ice Age (2002–2016)
The five-film franchise generates a lot of “LOLs” as its characters attempt to survive the Paleolithic ice age.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The fan-favourite continues to live on for its laugh-out-loud, moments of skipping school that all kids can relate to (sorry, parents).