Kid Movies Adults Love

Filed under: Big Kids, Tweens, Teens, Activities: Babies, Media

movie reelBeing a parent often involves sitting through -- and pretending to enjoy -- some really bad movies. Space Chimps and High School Musical 3 come immediately to mind. But until the kids are old enough to go to the movies alone, we've got no choice other than to suffer through the mind-numbingly boring and badly acted films that pass for children's entertainment.

But every once in a while, we are rewarded for our cinematic sacrifices with a kid movie that is actually good. A movie that allows us to experience some emotion other than regret at having shelled out eight bucks for our own personal seat in hell.

More often than not, the kid movies we adults enjoy have been peppered with subtle adult humor that filmmakers have put there just for our benefit. For that, we are thankful. This trend of inserting grown-up jokes in children's films seems to have begun with 1994's Lion King and was truly perfected in 2001's Shrek.

In fact, both of those films made the list in a recent survey of kid films most loved by adults, with Shrek in the number one spot. Rounding out the top five were Pirates of the Caribbean, Finding Nemo, Toy Story and Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. I agree with all those picks and will add a few of my own: Madagascar, WALL-E and The Incredibles.

What are your top picks for kid movies that adults love?

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