Best family movies of 2021, ranked

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The global impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was massive when it first emerged in 2020, striking the lives of billions of people and disrupting nearly every industry. The entertainment industry and its artists, in particular according to Forbes, have suffered a severe blow, as, among other things, performances in cinemas, theaters and stadiums around the world have been completely interrupted. Additionally, many film and TV projects already in development had to be indefinitely delayed, and some were even canceled for good.



For these and many other reasons, 2021 has been a great year for the film industry: cinemas have reopened and millions of people around the world have been able to relive the thrill of watching a premiere on the big screen with a big bucket of popcorn on their knees. . Additionally, a new way to enjoy premieres has grown in popularity: watching them from the comfort of your own home via streaming platforms. Many of the films released in the last year were aimed specifically at younger audiences. However, it’s becoming more and more common for children’s films to be aimed not just at children, but at the whole family, and 2021 has featured many great such films featuring various themes, from dysfunctional family dynamics to princesses. warriors and animals with great singing skills. This article will review some of the best family movies of 2021.


9 Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the perfect choice for the whole family, as this film is part of a franchise that has spanned generations. Headlining the cast are Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd, with guest appearances from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver (reporting their characters from previous films). Interestingly, Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two films, stepped into the role of lead producer, passing the director’s chair to his son, Jason Reitman. This time, a family settles in a peaceful town that is suddenly hit by mysterious earthquakes. They soon discover their grandfather’s secret legacy and, with the help of a seismologist, must deal with unexpected forces.

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8 yes day

If your parents could only say yes to all requests, what would you ask them? Allison (Jennifer Garner) and Carlos Torres (Edgar Ramirez) have discovered that over time they have become too strict with their lives, and especially with their children, who are constantly denied all their requests. Therefore, to subvert the family dynamic, Allison suggests establishing a yes day a year, a day during which they must accept their children’s requests at all costs, leading the family to live the most unimaginable adventures. This film was a project Garner designed exclusively for his children, per People, as it’s an adaptation of their favorite book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.

seven Cruel

Over the past few years, Disney has been working on a slew of live-action adaptations of its classic films. In 2021, in particular, they decided to go further, and to center one of their productions around one of their most famous villains: Cruella De Vil, of 101 Dalmatians. In the live action movie Cruel, audiences are introduced to the origins of this glamorous fashion designer and the story of how she turned into a villain, proving that nothing is as it seems. Emma Stone stars in the lead role, alongside a stellar cast including Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong.


6 Finding ‘Ohana

Finding ‘Ohana is a Netflix movie that marked the directorial debut of Jude Weng, and it stars Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, and Kelly Hu. The film revolves around siblings Pili and Ioane, who must return to their native Oahu with their mother so she can help her father with health and financial issues. The siblings, initially reluctant to move indefinitely, quickly make friends on the island and eventually discover an old grandfather’s journal containing a clue to the location of pirate treasure. Guided by this trail, they all embark on an adventure that not only changes their lives, but also reconnects them to their Hawaiian roots.

5 Sing 2

To singThe sequel was one of the films delayed due to the consequences of the pandemic, which is why fans were so excited when it finally released in 2021. Sing 2 features all the characters from the first film, who are now stars in their hometown. Now Buster Moon wants to take it a step further and he’s taking his theater troupe to audition in the entertainment capital. He manages to convince the industry mogul to put on a show like no other. But things don’t go as he hopes: if Moon fails to get a successful retired musician to appear, the show is canceled.

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4 Raya and the last dragon

Stick to the latest Disney princess movies, Raya and the last dragon reinforces the idea of ​​having strong female characters who are the leaders of their own story. It was another film delayed by the impact of the pandemic and, at the time of its release, was available in theaters and on Disney+ for rental at the same time. Raya is a warrior princess from the kingdom of Kumandra, a place where peace reigned, but which has been haunted by evil spirits known as Druun for years. That’s why Raya sets out on a quest to find the last dragon in the land, hoping to get the gem that would restore balance to her land.

3 Lucas

Lucas marked Enrico Casarosa’s feature debut, and it focuses on the value of friendship and the pain of feeling different from others. The film follows Luca, a sea monster who lives with his family underwater near a small town on the Italian coast. He is a very curious boy who wishes to explore the surface, but his family strongly advises against doing so, as the villagers of Portorosso hunt sea monsters. But one day, when Luca emerges to the surface, he discovers that, out of the water, he acquires a human appearance, and he meets Alberto, a boy who looks like him. The group is joined by Giulia, and soon they embark on an adventure together. However, they must be very careful: if Luca and Alberto’s secret is revealed, they will both face serious danger.


2 Encanto

In 2021, Encanto became the 60th film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Set in Colombia, the film follows the Madrigal family, blessed many years ago with the Encanto, a magical kingdom bordered by high mountains. They all live there under the command of their grandmother, Alma Madrigal, and eventually each family member receives a special gift that helps the community. The only member who did not receive a gift was Mirabel, the main character. But when darkness hits the Encanto and the Madrigal family is about to lose their gifts, Mirabel embarks on a mission to uncover the truth behind what is happening in order to save her family and her people.

1 The Mitchells vs. the Machines

The top spot on this list undoubtedly goes to this Netflix animated production, which was well received by critics and audiences alike, and which even earned a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. The Mitchells vs. the Machines presents a rather atypical, but very loving family, formed by Rick, Linda and their children Katie and Aaron. Katie is an aspiring filmmaker who got accepted to film school in California. But just before his trip, his father breaks his computer during a fight, breaking their relationship. In order to make amends, he decides to cancel Katie’s flight and drive her across the country with the whole family, using the experience to strengthen their bond. However, an unexpected technological awakening threatens to destroy humanity, so the Mitchells must do whatever it takes to solve their problems, save the world, and simultaneously get Katie to California in time for her first class.

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