Sometimes, a movie targeted at children is surprisingly enjoyable for adults. Whether it’s because they’re filled with dialogue targeted to adults or carrying a story that resonates with people of all ages, here are ten kids’ movies that adults can enjoy just as much.
Don’t let this movie’s marketing fool you. This emotional gut-punch of a film will have you reaching for a box of tissues while the credits roll.
We’re starting this list with two Brad Bird movies for a reason. Despite these films being marketed at children, they’re arguably more enjoyable for adults. The Incredibles is a fantastic take on the superhero genre and is one of the best Pixar films ever made.
Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is an enjoyable film with an ensemble cast featuring Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman, and Maya Rudolph as the titular character.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Another Roald Dahl adaptation makes our list of kid’s movies adults can enjoy, and for good reason. Gene Wilder’s performance is legendary, the songs are magical, and the film is an absolute delight.
Grandpa Joe is still a bad person, though.
The Emperor’s New Groove
While it may not have the same recognition as other Disney classics during their Renaissance Era, The Emperor’s New Groove shares many similarities with Looney Tunes, making it appeal to an older demographic.
The coming-of-age film featuring a group of boys spending their summer playing baseball was one of the first movies I saw in theaters as a child. As an adult, it makes me appreciate the age of innocence I enjoyed as a child even more.
Paddington and Paddington 2
The Paddington movies are some of the lucky few that have earned a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Muppet Treasure Island
Let’s make one thing clear: the Muppets appeal to all ages. Is this movie primarily directed at children? Sure, but the power of the Muppets means you’ll be singing along with the songs and laughing at the jokes in no time.
The Neverending Story
On the surface, Neverending Story is a light-hearted, whimsical story for children. However, once you peel back the layers, it’s an incredibly deep story that will profoundly affect adults.
Bridge To Terebithia
If you think a kid’s movie can’t destroy you emotionally, think again. Bridge To Terebithia cuts deep.
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