5 Throwback Movies To Watch With The Family!

The 90’s and 00’s produced some great pre-teen/teenage movies. You probably watched them yourself as a young adult but have since forgotten the joy they brought you. We have some ultimate throwback movies to inspire your next movie night in with the young people in your life! Have a browse and brace yourself for some nostalgia!

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

The movie that launched the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is 16 years old this year, can you believe it? An exciting adventure movie with plenty of action this movie is sure to keep all members of the family entertained! Starring Johnny Depp as the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates is not only full of family fun but also offers some insight into the historic pirates life.

Watch it with: Kids who enjoy action and adventure. Note, even though this is a Walt Disney production it was rated 12’s in the UK and Ireland.

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2. The Parent Trap (1998).

This Disney film is a remake of the original 1961 movie of the same name. Starring a young Lindsay Lohan, the story follows identical twins Annie and Hallie who’s parents (played by Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson) divorced whilst the twins were young. Each took a twin to raise, one in London the other in California. At age 11, Annie and Hallie meet at a camp in America. A funny family adventure ensues once the twins are reunited. Lohan plays both roles and the graphics are surprisingly good for 1998!

Watch it with: The whole family will enjoy this one. The story is easy to grasp and there are plenty of laughs in between!

3. The Princess Diaries (2001).

Rumours have been circulating for a while now that this movie is getting a third installment and we are hoping there is some truth to them! Until then, The Princess Diaries (and it’s sequel), is a great family movie. The story follows Mia, an ‘ordinary’ school girl from San Francisco. However, her world is turned upside down when her grandmother shows up and informs her she is the heir to the throne in Genovia, a fictional European country. This is a coming of age story, based on the books by Meg Cabot. Featuring all the hallmarks of a teen movie we have romance, comedy, and even a makeover.

Watch it with: Kids who may have outgrown the traditional cartoon princess fairy tales but are still enthralled by all things Disney!

4. National Treasure (2004).

There are two movies in the National Treasure franchise, and unlike most sequels, the second is as good as the first so we recommend both! An adventure film that follows the Gates’ a family who have a long history with treasure hunting! Ben Gates, with his explorer fried Riley, set out on an adventure to find a multi million dollar treasure. From Washington DC to New York City the mysteries unfold, but can Gates and co. find the treasure before their rivals?

Watch it with: This is a very kid friendly movie and little mystery solvers will love the adventure! You’ll also enjoy watching the mystery unfold.

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5. Freaky Friday (2003).

The 2003 edition of Freaky Friday is Disney’s third adaption of this movie. This version stars Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis as mother and daughter. A mystical fortune cookie causes the feuding mother and daughter to switch bodies, and hilarity ensues!  

By walking in each other’s shoes for a short while, Lohan and Curtis’ characters learn a lot about each other, and begin to appreciate and accept one another.

Watch it with: Teens and pre-teens will enjoy this movie! Mature themes feature so make sure the audience is appropriate before suggesting it for your next movie night in!