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January 16, 2010 / Adam + Dan

Where have all the family films gone?

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This post is a bit of a rant. So we apologise. But seriously, where have all the family films gone?

Christmas television this year was one of the worst on record, in our opinion. Gone are the days of The Railway Children, Hook, Home Alone 1 + 2, Toy Story, Mrs Doubtfire and Back to the future.

They are classics! And family favourites. And if you look at them, some are pretty scary. Home Alone 1 + 2 has some pretty scary parts in for children, but we still watched it. You ask anyone which film they have to watch to feel Christmasy and most will say Home Alone. Only 1+2 though. Not the dreadful 3rd or 4th sequel. What happened with them? It stopped being a family film and started being immature acting with forced comedy that nobody found funny. They were more in the style of Jake and Josh, another poor American comedy that could make anybody beg for their lives.

Over the Christmas break I watched Mrs Doubtfire. It was hillarious. You don’t realise, but there are so many crude, rude and double en-tandras in it, it made it great viewing for me as an adult. Wow, reality check, I’m 21, and an adult.

But the fact that I could still find it funny about 15 years on, made it a true family film. Children would find it funny, but innocently not understand some of the deeper jokes and adults can secretly enjoy it amongst themselves.

So where have all the family films gone? Why have people stopped making them now? It seems because of political correctness, films can’t be too scary or touch on rudeness at all. They should. If wrote correctly, they should involve all the family.

We don’t want next Christmas to be full of scare free kiddy films. Christmas is a family time. Make some films like that.

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  1. Ruby Rosamund / Jan 26 2010 18:30

    Just found you guys so I'm a bit late here, but I think you're mistaken! There is a revival coming. Coraline – scary, even for me, a new 'adult' too. And Where the Wild Things Are knocked my socks off from an adult, creative, analytical point of view; but was also heartwrenching and scary in parts, like any good family film. Toy Story 3 comes out this year. Harry Potter doesn't go down badly… but perhaps you mean Christmas themed films rather than just things to watch at Christmas?Another few for your list: Fly Away Home, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, The Neverending Story, Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace and Gromit (who were on TV over Christmas), Muppet Christmas Carol, Honey I Shrunk the Kids… Oh there's loads!

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