We got into a conversation about doing a top 5 sci-fi movies episode for the podcast. I was dismayed as the idea of ranking a broad slate of sci-fi films would be really difficult. How do you compare something like Alien vs E.T.? Truth be told, even doing a family list brings its own difficulties as this could include anything from Back to the Future to Star Wars. But for the sake of this list, I wanted to focus on movies that starred or featured a family, not just something that was family friendly. Oh Hell, I’ll be honest, I just wanted to write a list so I can talk about the following movies:
5) Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
This list is going to cover a lot of ground. But what is more ‘family’ than a mom and dad saving the world? This is the ultimate end to the debate of “my dad can beat up your dad”. Because none of that matters if your dad can’t best Jon Lovitz in intergalactic battle.
A brother, a sister, some dead parents. A recipe for family success. Throw in some monkeys, some mysterious drum noises, and some wildly hair Robin Williams….and viola. Success. Love me some Jumanji.
3) Stay Tuned (1992)
Another well-to-do set of parents jetsetting through a world of fantasy in order to achieve salvation. John Ritter is stellar as always. Plus we get Jeffrey Jones and Eugene Levy. This movie both intrigued me and terrified me as a child. But there is something so cool about the idea of being sucked into the TV.
2) Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Repeat after me. Rick. Moranis. Now try not to laugh thinking about the goofball Wayne Szalinski. I love the concept of this mild, reserved father creating this shrinking device that puts his children in mortal danger. This is a true science fiction flick that focuses on the plight of the parents, as well as the children.
There is no way this couldn’t be included. At first, I wasn’t going to feature it…but then I thought about this film as a whole. It is kind of the ultimate family film featuring a family. Everything that Marty does, he does for his family. And they are featured in the present and the past in a unique way.