Four family films for July
Pass the popcorn and check out our picks of the best movies to take the kids to over the school break.
Published 04 July

Even if you spend most of your energy trying to keep them away from screens, taking the kids to the cinema every now and then can give you some much needed R&R. We’ve rounded up some great options for children of all ages these school holidays. If you’re going to take the kids to the movies, you might as well enjoy it too.

Incredibles 2

With the original being released 14 years ago (it makes us feel old too), there’s a good chance that school-aged children might never have seen The Incredibles. But the good news is, with this level of entertainment you don’t need historical context. Plus, seeing the original (which received fantastic critical praise), will give you another holiday activity. Incredibles 2 starts exactly where the first one ended: Bob “Mr. Incredible” and Helen “Elastigirl” Parr (Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter) their children Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack; and friend Lucius “Frozone” Best (Samuel L. Jackson) are trying to stop supervillain The Underminer from robbing the City Bank. The path of destruction left behind has turned public opinion against the family, but Elastigirl is recruited to bring Supers back into the light, leaving Bob to grapple with domestic life, made more difficult with baby Jack-Jack’s emerging super-powers. While the Incredibles 2 is ultimately a family film, it also explores adult themes like marriage, gender and responsibility with the perfect amount of suggestively ambiguous references. Just don’t tell the kids.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

More appropriate for teens due to some violence and a few dark moments, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes place three years after the first film ends. After the dinosaurs escaped, Jurassic World was closed down and abandoned by humans. When the volcano on fictional island Isla Nublar begins to erupt, the US Government sensibly decide against employing a rescue team. Instead, Owen Brady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to save the dinosaurs from the doomed island. With the help of Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), a millionaire who once part-owned the original park, they team up with a group of mercenaries. The plan: rescue the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar and rehouse them at Lockwood’s enormous estate in Northern California. What could go wrong? Everything, of course, and it does in spectacular fashion. But with suspense, thrills, and incredible CGI, people looking for nonstop action will find it here.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

The sequel to 2015’s screwball action-comedy starring Paul Rudd as a shrinkable superhero serves up the same level of laughs, sentiment and kooky fight scenes while giving one of Marvel Comics’ smartest female crime-fighters equal footing on the bill. Though it picks up where Captain America: Civil War left off, Ant-Man and the Wasp is easy to enjoy as a standalone film and well-suited to those with young children due to its focus on wisecracks rather than threatening villains. Worth seeing if only for Michael Douglas’ return as sourpuss scientist Dr Hank Pym, this movie is bound to have you and the kids chuckling from the outset.

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation

For the uninitiated, Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) run a five-star hotel in Transylvania which provides a getaway from human persecution for the world’s monsters. Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation sees Dracula, Mavis and the rest of the monster pack heading on a luxury Monster Cruise so that Drac can have a break from work. The voyage is going perfectly until Mavis realises Drac has fallen for the ship’s captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who hides a terrible secret that could threaten the very existence of monsterkind. The first two films in the franchise had plenty of kid-friendly laughs with a hint of adult humour thrown in, and the third iteration promises an equally entertaining experience.

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