September is here and it’s time for the kids to head back to school, the days begin to get shorter, the mornings have a crisp feeling in the air, and the leaves begin turning colour. If you’re like my family, after a fun-filled summer it can be difficult to settle into a routine with school, work, and extra-curricular activities. It’s probably a good time to find ways to settle into a family routine at this point.
My family does that by settling into a “Fall Family Movie Night” routine once a week. Thankfully, September has brought along new releases on Netflix to help us with our viewing choices!
As such, I thought I’d provide a few recommendations that my family will be watching this month.
Meet the Robinsons is a tremendously under-rated family flick that doesn’t get nearly the attention it should get. While a Walt Disney Pictures release, I guess not being a Pixar release meant that it didn’t accumulate the following it probably should have. Lewis is an orphan who is also a brilliant inventor who has created a machine that can see your memories. One day he meets a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, who whisks Lewis away in a time machine as they attempt to find Bowler Hat Guy. Really, the plot seems a little weird, but the comedy and the originality of this film (not to mention the inspired reasons for the existence of a character named “Bowler Hat Guy”) really make it stand out as a “must-watch” for us.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third and (probably) final in the Ben Stiller trilogy. Is it as good as the previous two? Well…it’s probably as good if not better than the second NatM, so let’s just be happy for that. In this episode, Larry has found that the magical tablet that brings all of the exhibits to life at night is beginning to corrode…meaning that the magic could end at any time. This movie introduces new characters from a new museum and a fun co-starring role by Rebel Wilson. It’s also, sadly, one of the final movies of the late Robin Williams. If the family liked the first two, it’ll like this one!
Lilo & Stitch, to me, is another vastly under-rated film from Disney. Not as popular as the iconic Lion King and not Pixar-d like Toy Story, this unusual story about a nasty alien trouble-maker who finds true friendship from a couple of Hawaiian sisters is one of my favourite Disney movies. The family-friendly morals in the film are provided with genuinely emotional scenes that don’t necessarily “preach” to you, but rather provide them in various ways…from sadness to laugh-out-loud moments that parents and kids alike will enjoy. And the Hawaiian music is a nice change of pace from what you listen to on the radio these days.
Finally, Disney’s The Muppets is one of the greatest movies of the past decade. I was happy to know that the Muppet franchise was being “rebooted” with this film, but I was even happier to find out just how incredibly entertaining this movie ended up becoming. All of the Muppets are back, along with some new ones that you will end up loving. The story of how the old gang gets back together is believable, the music is so good that you’ll find yourself humming the songs to yourself for days afterwards, the acting is a nice blend of realistic and over-the-top, the comedy is spot-on, and the occasional breaking of the “4th wall” means that the Muppets know that we’re all in on the joke together. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I don’t know if I can recommend it enough.
But these are just my recommendations based on what is on Netflix in September. Do you have any family friendly recommendations to share?