Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a time when we get together with family, enjoy visiting with our friends, and this year we’ll be enjoying our first Thanksgiving in our new home! But, let’s be honest; there are certain family members we’d prefer to avoid conversing with, and that’s when Netflix comes in handy.
Not only will Netflix keep your family entertained this holiday season, but it’s also a buffer between you and creepy Uncle Fred. Keeping in mind that there will also be little ones around, here are 10 family friendly movies that are streaming on Netflix this Thanksgiving!
I am writing this post as part of a product-compensated ambassadorship with Netflix. All opinions are my own. I swear I love my family, even on Thanksgiving.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement: Mia (Anne Hathaway), still coming to terms with her life as a princess, graduates from Princeton. She returns to Genovia, and her best friend, Lilly (Heather Matarazzo), goes with her. When they arrive, Mia’s grandmother (Julie Andrews) informs her that Mia cannot become queen unless she is married within 30 days. Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine) is one of her top suitors, though he is more interested in the crown than Mia. But when Nicholas realizes he loves Mia, he decides not to pursue her.
Ella Enchanted: We’re kinda big Anne Hathaway fans here, and her early career was family friendly 🙂 As a baby, Ella (Hathaway) receives a visit from Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox), her fairy godmother, and is bestowed with a magical talent that requires her to obey anything that she is told to do. This proves to be more of a curse than a blessing, particularly once her mother dies and she is forced to live with the cruel Dame Olga (Joanna Lumley). Eventually, Ella embarks on a journey to find Lucinda and break the spell, accompanied by the handsome Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy).
Santa Buddies: When Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws, gets tired of the North Pole, he finds Budderball on Santa’s naughty list and figures he’s just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup. But when the magical Christmas Icicle starts to melt and the world begins to forget the true meaning of the season, it’s up to Puppy Paws and his newfound Buddies to save Christmas.
Teen Beach Movie: Two young surfers (Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell) find romance when they magically become part of a movie musical.
Flubber: Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) is experimenting with new kinds of energy, and he thinks this project will save struggling Medfield College, where his girlfriend, Sara (Marcia Gay Harden), is president. But when he discovers a lively, rubber-like substance dubbed “flubber,” he gets so excited, he absent-mindedly misses his own wedding. Sara dumps him, so he tries to use his discovery to win her back; unfortunately, the mischievous flubber seems to have a mind of its own.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas: Estranged from his father (Gary Cole), college student Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is lured home to New York for Christmas with the promise of receiving a classic Porsche as a gift. When the bullying football team dumps him in the desert in a Santa suit, Jake is left without identification or money to help him make the journey. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Allie (Jessica Biel), does not know where he is, and accepts a cross-country ride from Jake’s rival, Eddie (Adam LaVorgna).
Holes: Stanley’s (Shia LaBeouf) family is cursed with bad luck. Unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake, he and his campmates are forced by the warden (Sigourney Weaver) to dig holes in order to build character. What they don’t know is that they are digging holes in order to search for a lost treasure hidden somewhere in the camp.
The Mighty Ducks: When a fast-talking lawyer gets a DUI, he’s sentenced to community service coaching the Mighty Ducks, a kids’ hockey team with a lousy record.
Harriet the Spy: Harriet (Michelle Trachtenberg) may only be in the sixth grade, but she’s already found her calling: to be a spy. In a private journal she takes everywhere, Harriet records suspicious activity and keeps a running list of observations on virtually everyone she knows. It seems harmless enough until, one day, someone finds the journal and exposes Harriet’s critical thoughts about her classmates. Suddenly, even her best friends are against her, and Harriet resolves to take revenge.