Family film

A family film (also known as family comedy) is a film genre that, like a children's film, is suitable for young children, but with the difference that a family film has been carefully written, directed, cast and acted so that it will appeal to cross-generationally to parents, teenagers, older children, and small children. To attract these diverse audiences, film makers often create works that operate simultaneously on several levels of appeal. Comic songs might appeal to younger children, for example, while wittier jokes and pop culture references attract adults.

Family films generally do not contain content that would be deemed unsuitable for children. In the United States, such films are usually conceived so as to guarantee nothing greater than a G or PG rating. However, there are some exceptions such as and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which received a PG-13 rating. Note that this rating does not distinguish between children's films and family films.

Some examples of family films include:

* "Babe"
* "Beethoven"
* "The Borrowers"
* "Fly Away Home"
* "Harry Potter film series"
* "Home Alone" and ""
* The "Muppet" films including "The Muppet Movie", "Muppets from Space", and "Muppet Treasure Island"
* Disney/Pixar animated films including "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story"
* "The Secret of NIMH"
* "Shrek" series
* "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and all subsequent animated feature films by Disney (primarily those films produced in the 30's and early 40's as well as those produced in the late 80's and throughout the 90's are considered to be as enjoyable to adults as they are to children).
* "Star Wars" series
* "Love and Kisses"
* "The Story of the Weeping Camel"
*" Meet Dave"


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