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Top 10 Family Movies of 2007

posted by Nell Minow

This was a very good year for family movies. Here are the best:
Bridge to Terabithia
Golden Compass
Surf’s Up
Enchanted
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Hairspray
Transformers
Stardust
The Water-Horse
Ratatouille
Runners-up:
Bratz
The Last Mimzy
Game Plan
Meet the Robinsons
Shrek 3
The Astronaut Farmer



  • Gilmore

    I can’t believe you didn’t put Alvin & the Chipmunks in this list! The movie was total nostalgia for parents and pure fun for my kids!

  • Susie Ann Blochnberg

    Ok well about The Golden Compass. The whole meaning was to tell children to not believe in God. Well im NOT going to let my children believe in that nonsense. People have their own opinions so I have mine.But I am not sure if that is exactly true.I got it off of the internet,well sometimes they aren’t true! Still I don’t want to go see it,because I don’t want to take that chance.

  • Nell Minow

    Susie Ann, thanks for posting! But as you have said, sometimes what you read on the internet is not true. If you look at my review and the other things I and others, including Christian scholars, have written about the film you will see that many people believe that it is a deeply spiritual film — after all, the primary theme is the integrity of the soul. There are evil humans in the film (as there are in most films), but the bad guys in the movie are people who exploit the church for power. I hope you will keep an open mind about it.
    And Gilmore, I’m very happy you and your kids enjoyed the potty humor and silly singing of “Alvin!” Apparently a lot of people agreed with you because it made a lot of money and so you can start getting ready for a sequel!

  • MARY SUSIE BETH

    the GOLDEN COMPASS WAS DREADFUL!!! IT STUNK LIKE MY AUNT SUSIES FEET!! THEY STINK REALLY BAD FOR YOUR INFORMATION!!!!

  • Nell Minow

    Well, Mary Susie Beth, if you’d care to give a reason for your opinion instead of an insult, I’d be glad to hear it.

  • Adam D

    I am 13 years old and looking for movies to watch with my family. My dad looks for all sorts of G movies (like Eight Below, Meet the Robinsons, Because of Winne Dixie) which aren’t very appealing to me. So I was wondering if you had any reccomendations for me and my family, but something that feels like it’s a good family film for my dad but is also going to be good for me and my 18 year old brother. After reviewing your top family films I’ve realized most of them are not really my thing and some of them I’ve already watched. I’ve seen seven of your reccomendations and I only enjoyed 3 of them. So I really need your help. And I am after all 13, but my father keeps bringing home these movies and it’s the same situation in theaters. I got lucky recently, the last movie I’d seen with him in theaters was Martian Child which I found dreadful, then we went to see I Am Legend, which was nice for a switch and I thought, is this it! Am I going to get to finally see some mature movies wih him. Then we went to go see National Treasure 2 next, which isn’t bad but it surely is not good. I’m mature, I can handle mature movies, he allows me to see lots of of movies from the last decade that are intense or has sexual content. And as for your best movies of the year list, I am dying to see Juno but he won’t allow it because it is 14A in Canada, even though the Canadian ratings are a joke anyway. And I know what you’re going to say to me, watch Waitress! I cannot stand Waitress, it was over long, annoying and I didn’t feel attached to any of the main characters at all.
    Don’t get me wrong, my dad doesn’t treat me like I’m five, he actually allows a lot of violent, action or intense movies (we’ve recently watched Minority Report, The Bourne series and Live Free or Die Hard
    to name just a few, but I’m trying to keep it as short as possible, which isn’t working to well, so far) but he seems more stand off-ish about sex and language, like Juno and he was disguisted at the end of Waitress, because of the affair.
    So, now moviemom, it’s all up to you! Can you please reccomend me some good but mild PG-13 movies that’s good for everyone in my family. And again I appologize for the legnth and whininess of this message.

  • Nell Minow

    Adam, you have asked one of my favorite questions! I’d love to recommend some movies for you and your family. It sounds like your father is okay with action/violence but not so much with language/sex. So, how about these:
    Narrow Margin
    Shoot to Kill
    The Indiana Jones series
    The James Bond series
    2001
    Charade
    Rear Window
    To Catch a Thief
    Jaws
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Godfather
    On the Waterfront
    And these dramas:
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Blade Runner
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    The Sting
    Sophie’s Choice
    The Searchers
    The Quiet Man
    To Have and Have Not
    Lilies of the Field
    And these comedies/musicals:
    Singin’ in the Rain
    Some Like it Hot
    Cabaret
    His Girl Friday
    Guys and Dolls
    This is Spinal Tap
    If you see any of these, let me know what you think!

  • Adam D

    Thank you so much for your reccomendations! You really hit the nail on the head with some of these, because a lot of them are some of my favourites (To Kill a Mockingbird, Singin’ in the Rain, Butch Cassidy, Some Like It Hot, On the Waterfront, Jaws, Rear Window, etc…). So thank you very much for all the others that I will have to check out the ones I have not heard of (Lillies in the Fields, Shoot to Kill, Narrow Marrin) and as for the rest, they’re all already on my to see list. And I was wondering, since I’m already babbling on, do you have an account on imdb?

  • Nell Minow

    I’m not sure what you mean by account? Do you mean are my reviews available on IMDB? Some of them are, and all of them will be, I hope soon.

  • Tom M

    The Golden Compass was okay, but struggled to get to grips with the plot (The prologue was dreadful).
    I might be missing the point here, but I don’t Christians trust others to make the right decisions? I love The Pullman books, the Harry Potters, etc but neither me or my friends go round saying that we believe in it. Most kids will just see it as an adventure and will grow out of believing it when they are older…. or will at least realise it is only a story!

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