5 Family Movies Added To Netflix In January

Every month, Netflix says goodbye to loads of streaming movies and television and adds a slew of new options for subscribers. Each month, we plan to take a look at the incoming films and pick 5 that look like a good fit for family viewing. And you know this already, but keep it age appropriate, just like you would with the chores you dole out.

 

January 1:

 

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Rating: PG (Remember, 1980’s PG isn’t the same as our current system. There are a handful of bad words here and some of the action might be too intense for younger kids.)
IMDB Parent’s Guide

This all-time classic is coming to Netflix this month. A great option for your next family night, it’s another film you probably watched growing up that you are anxious to introduce to your kids. E.T. is the same gentle alien stranded on earth that you remember, with his new friend Elliott trying to help him get home. A great movie about friendship that holds up really well in 2017.

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Bee Movie

Rating: PG for mild suggestive humor, and a brief depiction of smoking.
IMDB Parent’s Guide

Here’s an animated gem from 2007 that may have flown under the radar for your crew. A bee named Barry B. Benson is the main character, and is disappointed when he graduated from college and finds he will have the same job for the rest of his life. Barry decides to go on an adventure and finds out that humans exploit bees to sell the honey they produce. He decides to sue the human race, and the result is funny, exciting, and worth consideration for family movie night at our house.

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Hugo

Rating: PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril and smoking.
IMDB Parent’s Guide

In 2011, this amazing film took home 5 Oscars at the Academy Awards! It centers around an orphan named Hugo who lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He’s learned how to help keep the clocks in the train station running and is connected to his late father through an automaton that he keeps. After meeting a shopkeeper named George Melies, Hugo finds that he has a connection to his father and the automaton and the adventure begins.

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The Parent Trap
Rating: G
IMDB Parent’s Guide

The original Parent Trap from 1961 is still a really fun watch for families. You’re probably familiar with the plot, which feature teenage twin sisters who swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents. Both twins are played by Hayley Mills, who does a great job in this Disney classic.

January 11:

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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Rating: PG for fantasy action/peril and some language.
IMDB Parent’s Guide

The classic Alice In Wonderland tale adds a new chapter in this film from last year. The story sees Alice returning to Wonderland to find the Mad Hatter in trouble. To help, Alice needs to travel through time to save the Mad Hatter from the evil Red Queen and a clock known as Time. It’s a fun story that you might have missed at the theatre last summer, now streaming for your family on Netflix.

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Joe Long