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I'm after some good family movie suggestions please folks. 

 

Last night we watched Hidden Figures and it was excellent.  I'd love to have some more based-on-true-story movies up my sleeve.

 

The youngest family member is 11, by the way. Mild language doesn't bother us, but I'd be staying away from content that is too adult.

 

Thanks  :)

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We have enjoyed:

Spotlight (more adult themed, has to do with the Boston Globe's research to uncover pedophaelia in the Catholic church)

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

Good Night And Good Luck

Miracle

Catch Me If You Can

Saving Mr. Banks

The Color Of Friendship (about a girl from South Africa going to stay with a host family in Washington D.C. in the 70s)

 

The oldest liked one called 21, I think, about a group of students who learned to game the Vegas casinos.

 

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I will give this recommendation again because I think it is such a great film. As a high schooler I found it so inspirational.

 

Pistol Pete: The Birth of a Legend 

 

It is about Pete Maravich. Even if you are not into basketball, it is a great, totally family friendly film. 

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October Sky - inspired by Sputnik, a group of boys build a rocket. It’s based on a true story like Hidden Figures

 

ETA: For my own sake, I'm compiling the list into one post:

 

21

Akeelah and the Bee
Apollo 13
Beyond the Blackboard
The Blind Side
The Boys Next Door

Catch Me If You Can

The Color Of Friendship

The Finest Hours
Front of the Class
Gifted Hands
The Good Lie
Good Night And Good Luck
The Great Debaters
The Help

Hidden Figures

Imitation Game

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Johnny Tremain

A League of Their Own

Lion

Lorenzo's Oil

McFarland USA

Million Dollar Arm

Miracle

October Sky

Oh Pioneers
Pistol Pete
Prize Winner of Defiance
The Pursuit of Happyness

Queen of Katwe

Rabbit Proof Fence

Remember the Titans

Saving Mr. Banks

The Scarlet and the Black

Searching for Bobby Fischer
Secretariat

Smile as Big as the Moon

Spotlight

Stand and Deliver

Temple Grandin

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

 

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McFarland USA

 

Adding a third to this one.  It's an awesome film and based upon a true story.

 

The Blind Side

Gifted Hands

The Pursuit of Happyness

October Sky

Million Dollar Arm

 

also come to mind as options.

 

Someone suggested The Lion.  Middle son just recommended it to us and we have the disk here.  We'll know in the next couple of days if we agree with him, but I suspect we will.  ;)

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Wow, thank you everyone!

Much appreciated  :)

 

I'm making a list and really appreciate your input.

 

Bonus points for movies that are based on a true story and involve science/maths + history. That would tick all our boxes.

 

Thanks heaps. You folks are super.

 

Thought of another one when you mentioned History...

 

The Scarlet and the Black  

 

It deals with WWII, but is family friendly while still making a point and still based upon a true story.

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I was just looking at the other thread that was linked and saw Imitation Game. I wonder if this is okay for an 11 yr old.

 

We've recently been studying codes and the history of cryptography, so anything related to Bletchley Park, Enigma machine etc would be perfect. 

 

Also, anything related to the Manhattan Project would be great, as we've studied that in depth too. 

 

History + science = perfect  :)

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Here’s the Kids in Mind summary for The Imitation Game: http://www.kids-in-mind.com/i/imitationgame.htm

 

It’s good, but I was bothered by some of the changes made to the real story. More here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/nov/20/the-imitation-game-invents-new-slander-to-insult-alan-turing-reel-history

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Smile as Big as the Moon

 

Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (definitely has language....)

 

Blossoms in the Dust (old movie)

 

Beyond the Blackboard

 

Temple Grandin

 

Front of the Class

 

The Boys Next Door (Tony Goldwyn, actor)

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For anyone wanting to watch a movie in the theaters (I suspect it's still there anyway), Wonder is another really good movie.  True genetic condition, though a fictional story made from it.

 

Also adding my kudos to Temple Grandin that a PP mentioned.

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I was just looking at the other thread that was linked and saw Imitation Game. I wonder if this is okay for an 11 yr old.

 

We've recently been studying codes and the history of cryptography, so anything related to Bletchley Park, Enigma machine etc would be perfect.

 

Also, anything related to the Manhattan Project would be great, as we've studied that in depth too.

 

History + science = perfect :)

It’s as much about Alan Turing and his personal life and struggles as it is about the decoding and Bletchley Park. No-one under high school sees it in my house. It’s quite sad, and also instructive. For my younger than high school kids, there would be a lot of explaining to do about the times and the history having to do with the LGBT issues. We wait to tackle those in high school. YMMV.

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For anyone wanting to watch a movie in the theaters (I suspect it's still there anyway), Wonder is another really good movie. True story.

 

The novel was inspired by a visit the author made to an ice cream shop with her sons, but Augie’s story is fictional. I saw the movie with DD12 recently and highly recommend it. Sweet and inspiring without being saccharine.

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The Finest Hours is based on a true story of a courageous Coast Guard rescue operation.

 

For anyone wanting to watch a movie in the theaters (I suspect it's still there anyway), Wonder is another really good movie.  True story.

 

Also adding my kudos to Temple Grandin that a PP mentioned.

 

I also think Wonder is a good family movie. But it's based on a novel, not a true story. (The author was inspired to write it after seeing a child with a facial disfigurement, but it was not based on that child, whom she did not know).

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The novel was inspired by a visit the author made to an ice cream shop with her sons, but Augie’s story is fictional. I saw the movie with DD12 recently and highly recommend it. Sweet and inspiring without being saccharine.

 

Good to know.  I edited my post.

 

The Finest Hours is based on a true story of a courageous Coast Guard rescue operation.

 

 

I also think Wonder is a good family movie. But it's based on a novel, not a true story. (The author was inspired to write it after seeing a child with a facial disfigurement, but it was not based on that child, whom she did not know).

 

Thanks for the explanation.  I heard it wrong from my source urging me to see the movie... shoulda done some fact checking before passing it on!

 

On a different note, middle son told me they mentioned the movie in one of his med school classes when they talked about what causes the disfigurement.  He called it by name.  I'll admit to not remembering the name and not spending the time right now to google it.  ;)  He wasn't my source though.  That came from school...  I was encouraging him to watch the movie if he got some free time.  He, in turn, suggested Lion to us.  We might get to that one (on disk) today if we have time.

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Lion is a very good movie, but it is emotionally intense and sad and heartbreaking. I don't think I'd recommend it for an 11 year old, but I think it's excellent for adults.

 

We haven't watched it yet ourselves to offer any sort of advice.  I just noticed it mentioned on here and paid more attention since middle son just recommended it to us too.  He's in med school though - not thinking about an 11 year old...

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