Best Funny Kids’ Movies to Watch This Weekend

These films will have the whole family laughing. 

After a long week filled with meetings and work projects for mom and dad, plus sports practice and tests for the kids, the whole family probably only has one thing in mind at the end of the week: eating, relaxing, and finding a fun escape. One way to unwind? Watching some funny kids’ movies. Everyone needs a good laugh.

These funny favorites for toddlers through teens, include some recommended by Real Simple readers. The age recommendations come from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that works to make media and technology safe for kids by providing reviews and advice to families.

On this list you’ll find some classics, like Home Alone and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, plus newer titles like Despicable Me (we dare you not to smile at the Minions) and Zootopia. There are enough options that the whole family will love (yes, even parents). Watch one or have a marathon with a couple of these—just don’t forget the popcorn.

1

Finding Dory

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While searching for her long-lost parents with help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, the wide-eyed but forgetful regal blue tang fish Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) learns the importance of family and teamwork in this 2016 PG-rated Disney-Pixar animated film that’s the sequel to Finding Nemo. Don’t worry, an old favorite from the first movie makes an appearance, too—Crush, the sea turtle.

“My two-year-old won't sit through any movies yet, but sometimes I put on Finding Dory for her to listen to while coloring or playing. There's no bad guys and only one scary part (the squid). Plus, she loves Hank the Octopus.” —Julie B.

Ages: 6 and up

To buy: $15; amazon.com.


2

Despicable Me

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Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, and Julie Andrews, this 2010 PG-rated, 3D computer-animated movie tells the story of an evil mastermind and supervillain, Gru, who’s equipped with an army of tiny yellow minions. He’s rendered ultimately defenseless (no matter how hard he tries to fight it) when faced by three cute orphan girls who want him to be their father. You could even have a whole movie marathon night of the whole franchise—in addition to the sequel, there’s also a prequel film with just the adorable Minions and their unintelligible language.

Ages: 6 and up

To buy: $11; amazon.com.


3

The Secret Life of Pets

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In this 2016 PG-rated animated film, a spoiled New York City terrier named Max has his world rocked when his beloved owner by rescue dog Duke when his owner adopts an unruly, but sweet rescue dog named Duke. The doggie duo encounters vicious street cats and winds up in a truck heading for the pound when saved by a bunny who seeks help aiding abandoned pets to find justice from humans who’ve wronged them. There’s also a cast of adorable house pet characters who appear along the way, from an excitable pomeranian to a happy-go-lucky guinea pig.

“Even my 13-year-old enjoyed it. Anyone who loves animals will like it.” —Carol M.

Ages: 6 and up

To buy: $10; amazon.com.



4

Zootopia

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In the animal city of Zootopia, Judy Hopps is already struggling in her tough new job as the first rabbit on the police force when she must work with a tricky fox, Nick Wilde, on a tough case. This 2016 PG-rated Disney film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film and will teach your kids about diversity and inclusion in a funny and heartfelt way. Parents will also recognize the voices of some of their favorite actors, like Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman—Jenny Slate, Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, and more.

“Encourages empathy.” —Carla D.

Ages: 8 and up

To buy: $15; amazon.com.


5

Matilda

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A film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, Matilda is a quirky, dark, comic, sometimes scary 1996 PG-rated fantasy. It follows the story of a brilliant young girl who, with the support of a kind teacher, uses her otherworldly powers to contend with her mean parents (played Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) and defend her friends from a mean school principal. Kids will get a kick out of some memorable scenes, like the chocolate cake incident or when Matilda makes everything around her dance while she grooves to “Little Bitty Pretty One.”

“Brilliant child vs. stupid adults—what more could any child in school ask?” —Dallas K.

Ages: 9 and up

To buy: $14; amazon.com.


6

Home Alone

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In this 1990 PG-rated, coming-of-age comedy, young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is mistakenly left on his own at home after his large family forgets him when they go on vacation to Paris. His initial excitement is dampened when he realizes his must protect his family home from “The Wet Bandits”—two burglars who leave the water faucets on when they break into houses. The kids will love the big scene when Kevin sets up clever traps all over the house (one of which includes a pet tarantula). If there’s enough time, try a double feature with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Ages: 10 and up

To buy: $8; amazon.com.



7

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Slapstick, risqué British humor, and comedic greats (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and gang) star in this 1975 cult classic—rated PG before PG-13 existed. It’s an irreverent, contemporary take on the Dark Ages tale of King Arthur’s knights, who gallop off on foot (to clopping noise produced by underlings using coconut shells) in search of the Holy Grail. There are gags aplenty during encounters with nasty Frenchman and a killer rabbit. Since there’s a bit of adult humor in this one, you’ll want to save this for the older kids.

Ages: 13 and up

To buy: $8; amazon.com.