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10 Feel-Good Movies For An Uplifting Movie Night

10 Feel-Good Movies For An Uplifting Movie Night

Are you looking for an uplifting film for your next movie night? From inspirational true stories to heartwarming flicks, this curated Movieguide® list features movies that will have everyone smiling in no time. Whether you’re watching as a family or having a fun night in, there’s something to boost everyone’s mood. 

A MILLION MILES AWAY

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
A MILLION MILES AWAY is a biopic about Jose Hernandez, the first migrant worker to complete a NASA space mission. It follows his journey from a farm worker to an astronaut. It’s a wholesome movie featuring a strong Christian worldview with pro-family messages. Parents should know there is mild violence and light language. Movieguide® suggests using caution for younger children. Otherwise, it’s an inspiring film for the 10+ crowd.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE is a delightful fantasy comedy considered a classic by many. A grandfather reads his ill grandson a fairytale about Princess Buttercup and her true love, Wesley. It’s filled with adventure, danger and hilarious dialogue. The film contains redemptive themes, extolling heroes and hope. While THE PRINCESS BRIDE contains light language, moderate violence and some adult themes, it’s a fun film for adults and tweens.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Quality:
***
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is based on the beloved characters from A.A. Milne and follows the story of Winnie-the-Pooh’s human friend, Christopher Robin, as an adult. He’s overworked and forgotten the simple joys in life. When his childhood friend Pooh reappears, Christopher remembers to slow down. The movie contains a strong moral worldview about putting family first. There is light language, but for the most part, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is a sweet story for kids 8 and up.

UP

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
UP is a Pixar and Disney animated movie about 78-year-old Carl, who fulfills his late wife’s dream of traveling to Paradise Falls by turning his house into a blimp with hundreds of balloons. Once on his way, he discovers a young stowaway who goes on an epic adventure with him. It has a strong Christian worldview, but light cartoon peril exists. Best of all, UP features a heart-warming montage of a healthy marriage. Carl’s exciting story will make everyone smile.

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is a touching movie about a special needs man named Zak who escapes his care home to pursue his dream of being a professional wrestler. He finds himself aboard the boat of a criminal on the run. The two men embark on a life-changing journey together. The film has a redemptive worldview but does contain heavy profanities, so Movieguide® suggests using caution for children and sensitive adults. Save for the obscenities, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is a sweet story that features several gospel songs. It’s a fun-filled adventure for older teens and adults.

EVAN ALMIGHTY

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
EVAN ALMIGHTY is a cute film about Evan Baxter (from BRUCE ALMIGHTY), who moves his family to Washington DC as a newly elected congressman. Things take a turn when God appears, instructing Evan to build an ark. The movie includes scriptural references but isn’t 100% biblically sound, so parents may want to have a follow-up conversation. It celebrates the American family and shows a husband as a spiritual leader. There is light profanity and comic violence. EVAN ALMIGHTY is a fun option for family movie night for tweens and teens.

PADDINGTON 2

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
PADDINGTON 2 is the sequel to the story of everyone’s favorite Peruvian bear after he settles into the Brown family. When Paddington is falsely accused of stealing, his new family must prove his innocence to get him out of jail. It’s an action-packed adventure with a strong moral worldview, extolling self-sacrifice and friendship. There is mild language and comic violence, but nothing too shocking. PADDINGTON 2 is an adorable film for the whole family.

YES DAY

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
YES DAY is a delightful film that follows the Torres family, whose mom and dad always say no. The parents spend one day saying “yes” to their three children’s wildest requests (within reason). This movie is fun and has an uplifting worldview. The family is a tight unit where a mom and dad love their children and each other. It’s free of offensive content– save for a light implied suggestion of a same-sex couple. Movieguide® advises caution for younger children.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
A BEAUTIFUL DAYT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD centers around the real-life children’s show host Fred Rogers and his friendship with the journalist Lloyd Vogel. What starts as an interview about Mr. Rogers transforms into a life-altering relationship that helps Vogel overcome his inner demons. The movie contains a strong moral worldview, celebrating reconciliation and redemption. There is light foul language and mature content. A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a gentle film for older kids and adults.

PETER RABBIT (2018)

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
PETER RABBIT is a live-action film based on the children’s stories by Beatrix Potter. A rebellious rabbit named Peter inherits a farm and makes it his life’s mission to sneak into his neighbor’s vegetable garden. Hijinx unfolds when he falls for the girl who lives next door. The movie contains a strong moral worldview promoting repentance and doing the right thing. Parents should know there is light slapstick violence and mild language. PETER RABBIT is an edgy take on a classic tale for kids 7+.

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