Funniest Family Friendly Movies of All Time
Funniest family friendly movies of all time: we all need a handy-dandy list to turn to when we forget what once made us laugh, right?
I’ve made this list “family friendly” which means that the bulk of the movies I’m recommending are really kid movies. I have to do this because I’m a mom and I almost never get time to watch movies on my own; for me, it’s watch with the kids or not at all.
These are the ones that I think are funny.
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Funny Kid Movies
Minions is our family’s go-to funny movie. We have watched it a million-billion times and it never gets old. It’s easy, hilarious, non-offensive and light.
The Lego Movie is a bit of a satire and the humor is kind of edgy. It always makes us laugh.
Despicable Me 1 & 2. We love them. I guess it figures, since Minions is our go-to movie. But yeah, we can watch Despicable Me 1 or 2 over and over and not get tired of it. The jokes are classic to us, and Mack loves Victor’s dance moves.
Storks made us laugh. It’s not particularly deep, but we aren’t looking for that. We’re looking for funny, and we laughed.
Enchanted was a winner – it was frothy and princess-y enough to hold Moxie’s attention, battle-prince-y enough for Mack and with a fun enough story line to make Micah and I laugh.
A Simple Wish. Mack and Moxie don’t like this movie much, but Micah and I die of laughing when we see it (in a holy-cow, ‘nooooooo!‘ kind of way). It’s hilarious and awful. Awfully hilarious.
The 3 Amigos: 8-year old Micah’s on the fence about this (a little too slapstick for him) but I love it!
Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 & 3 are all super funny, with lovely life lessons woven in the tight story threads. All 3 kids love it, which is saying something, because there is no frothy-princess-y stuff in here.
A Christmas Story – Christmas or not, this movie always makes me laugh. My kids seem like they are just laughing at watching me laugh (more than laughing at the movie itself). Whatever floats their boat, it works. I love this movie.
Rio 1 & 2. I personally like Rio 2 more than Rio 1 – I think it’s funnier and the music is awesome. But Rio 1 wasn’t a slouch of a movie either – my daughter Moxie likes Rio 1 better. Watch ’em both if you haven’t already – they are both funny and your kids will love them (but if you have to choose, I’d say go for Rio 2).
Shaun the Sheep & Timmy Time
Shaun the Sheep is a TV series and a movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I can’t say if it’s any good, but the TV series is the kind that is so funny that it has you rolling around, crying. If you sign up for Amazon Prime (Try it for free for 30 days here), you get free shipping and bunch of stuff in addition to access to Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time.
Zootopia – I was torn between adding this or not. It’s funny, yeah, but it’s also really deep. It’s a powerful movie that I think I’d recommend more as an introduction to getting kids to think about race, privilege and social justice more than as a movie to sit down with and laugh-your-cares-away. You know what I mean? So, if you are looking for a funny movie with a little more to chew on, this one is for you.
Book of Life isn’t the funniest movie out there. I think it qualifies more as “mildly amusing and light-hearted.” It’s also a hit with all 3 of my kids and the soundtrack is the best-loved one after Moana.
All of the Muppets Movies are awesome and you’ll thoroughly enjoy them with your kids!
Timeless classic, hilarious, Beethoven!
I remember thinking this was really funny, but I can’t remember if there was much inappropriate-ness in it? So take Three Men and a Baby with a smidgen of salt, just in case (plus there is the sequel!)
Honey I Shrunk the Kids has a bunch of movies – I think it’s a 3-part series? – all movies that kids love
Spy Kids is fun, and comes with the added benefit of being a part of a 4-part series 🙂 That will keep everyone happy and following the story for quite a while.
I kind of hesitated to put Inside Out in a post about the best funny family movies, because it’s not a comedy. It’s funny moments are hilarious though, like, they will stick in your mind forever, funny. It’s a deep. thought-provoking, beautiful movie.
I enjoyed the original 1976 version of Freaky Friday (with a super young Jodie Foster!), but all the versions are fun.
I really loved the original Parent Trap, but the remake was good too. Not super funny, but it’s cute.
Matilda‘s a good movie, but not necessarily funny. My kids really liked it and watched it many times; it’s not that funny to us but a lot of people think it is. We just liked it.
The Peanuts Movie is super cute, super funny, and a must-see with your kids!
Movies That Are Iffy For Kids: Use Your Discretion
Rat Race. This movie makes me laugh. Full stop. Super funny, not particularly deep, but funny.
Office Space. Anyone who has ever worked in an office has to love this movie. It’s ridiculously on-target with every little annoying detail an office has ever offered to it’s workers: the boss, the copy machine, “flair” – it’s awesome.
Airplane! – hey, don’t hit it. It’s a classic!
Dumb and Dumber is a fantastic non-thinking movie. It’s the one you put on to space out with, having checked your brain in at the door.
This is accompanied by all of the Ace Ventura movies.
The Ringer is better for older kids, for sure – is absolutely hilarious in some points, and it has some great disability-related messages.
I just asked my older child what was the funniest movie he has ever seen, and he said, “Get Smart.” So, yeah, two thumbs up from an almost-12 year old 🙂
I’m going to stop here, before I get too carried away with more movies.
The point of this was to give you a handy list of funny movies that you can watch with your kids, because it’s almost impossible for you find the time to watch anything without them, right?!
Pop one in and laugh a little.
(and add your own favorites in the comments)
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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.