When you’ve gathered all the family around the telly watching Netflix for the holiday season, chances are there’ll be young and old, kids, teens, grown-ups, mature and immature all mixed in together.
It can be hard to find a movie that’s not only appropriate for every age group but actually enjoyable and entertaining for each family member as well.
Netflix offers a huge selection of films that meet just those requirements but it’s a total trek to trawl through them all. So we’ve narrowed them down to just over a dozen, making your lives easier and Christmas a little more conflict-free. You’re welcome!
Now you've an excuse to not only embrace your inner child but to also introduce little ones to the wonder that was Robin Williams. 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' starring Dwayne Johnson, is streaming too if you feel like seeing the modern day follow-up.
'The Neverending Story'
Ah, the 80s, such a great time for family movies. In 'The Neverending Story', a young boy named Bastian escapes from the bullies and his neglectful father through a mysterious, fantastical book.
A lot of people have a love it or hate it relationship with 'Hook'. We love it and find it just a delightful follow-up to the classic 'Peter Pan'.
Starring Jack Black, 2015's 'Goosebumps' is surprisingly entertaining, effectively balancing a lot of humour with thrills and chills.
Before there was 'Blackfish', there was 90s family classic 'Free Willy'.
Another beloved 90s family flick is Matilda, starring Mara Wilson as the girl genius who defies her cruel parents and principal to forge her own path.
'Daddy Day Care'
Admittedly, it's not Eddie Murphy's best, but's it's a touching, feel-good and funny movie, which is often all we want, really.
The 'Shrek' movies
I mean, you and your family could watch the 'A Christmas Prince' trilogy. Or you can watch a good series - the 'Shrek' movies.
'Holiday in the Wild'
You couldn't get cheesier than 'Holiday in the Wild', about a divorced mom who ends up volunteering at an elephant reserve in Africa. Still, we'll admit, Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe charmed us. The elephants are the MVPs of the cast.
A far superior Netflix original is 'Klaus', which offers a new take on the origins of Santa. It's surprisingly mature, without being dark, and very touching as well as entertaining.
'The Prince of Egypt'
A cast which includes Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Goldblum brings the biblical tale to life in a highly imaginative, intuitive way. And what a soundtrack.
'Kung Fu Panda'
Here's another animated feature that will have the adults laughing and 'awww'ing as much as the kids. 'Kung Fu Panda 2' is on Netflix as well if you're feeling like a double feature.
'The Theory of Everything'
One for perhaps slightly older kids is 'The Theory of Everything', based on the extraordinary life of Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are fantastic in it.
'Eddie the Eagle'
Another live-action, more recent flick the whole family will like is 'Eddie the Eagle' starring 'Rocketman's Taron Egerton. Based on an uplifting true story, there's a bit of cussing from Hugh Jackman's character but that aside, we can't recommend this hidden gem enough for an clann go leor.