Movies with family themes are something I really prefer watching. Usually because these are clean and wholesome, and most of the time there's little tips or lessons we can pick up. So for this week's theme I had a difficult time choosing just one. So I'll go right ahead and write about all my favorites. And, no, this is not the complete list, I'm just going through what I can recall off the top of my head. Putting together and writing all of my favorites will just be pure torture for everyone all around, lol.
For some reason, I liked Bee Season. It's a rather dark tale of a rather more-than-usual dysfunctional family. The discovery of a daughter's special gift threatened to create a rift in the usual dynamics of the family and threatened to blow their well-established personal failures sky-high. So the daughter chose to sacrifice her ambition and giftedness to maintain the family's status quo. I see in this family the daughter's worthy sacrifice to keep her family intact. But at what cost to her, and is the family, as they were, worth it? Hard question to answer.
The Secret of Moonacre - totally a movie for the entire family. Although there were times the characters got confusing (as the same actors played various characters across different generations), the loveliness of this movie and the lesson to be gleaned make it a very good one. I especially like the point it makes about pride separating families and putting a curse across generations.
Lilo & Stitch, Marley & Me, and Stuart Little - These films make a case for families made up of different species. Okay, realistically we could only experience racial diversity in families, although dog lovers would definitely fight to the death for their beloved pets' inclusion into the family. Lilo adopted Stitch (an alien), Marley was a dog that was undoubtedly a part of the family, and Stuart was a mouse adopted by the Little family. I love Lilo's quote: "Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten." I have a do(g)ter of my own, so yes, we are a mixed-specie ohana.
The fact that Will Smith starred, and his son Jaden played the part of the son in the film, made this movie more special. The real-life bond between father and son showed (those knock-knock jokes were not scripted), and made portraying their roles just that much more convincing.
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