The 10 funniest movies to watch with your family this Thanksgiving

The holiday season is a time when old friends get together, families get together and everyone has a healthy time. We all eat well, share funny incidents and of course watch good movies. There is nothing better than sitting comfortably with your loved ones and enjoying your favorite dessert while watching a fun movie. Watching a movie is almost like a ritual when friends and family get together.

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There are many movies to choose from which not only are relatable for every family member but also make them feel more comfortable and relaxed. There are some remarkably hilarious family movies that will make everyone in the room laugh.


“Home Alone” (1991)

Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister in Home Alone.

Home alone is the perfect family film for Thanksgiving. Most people have seen it before, but it’s so good it deserves to be watched again at every meeting. Macaulay Culkin stars as little Kevin McCallister who was left behind in his massive home while his family went on a trip. Watching how events unfold afterward is indeed a treat.

Since being left alone, he’s been fulfilling all of his childhood wishes, like eating giant sundaes, beating up robbers, and even jumping on his parents’ bed. The violence in the film has more of a cat and mouse theme, which makes it even funnier. In the end, the film leaves a very simple but important message about the importance of family.

“Jumanji” (1995)

Alan Parrish fights a giant bird in Jumanji.

jumanji is a movie that no kid of the 90s can forget as it holds a special place. The film was so good that it became the 10th highest grossing film of 1995. This Robin Williams classic is full of slightly scary moments and lots of hilarious moments and adventures that kids would definitely enjoy, making it a great movie to watch with the family on Thanksgiving.

As the title suggests, the film is about Jumanji, a supernatural board game full of threats. With every move a player makes, there is a new dangerous element. In 1969, Alen Parrish was caught in the game playing with Sarah Jumanji. In 1995, two siblings, Judy and Peter, started the game, releasing Alen, who is now an adult. After they all track Sarah down, they end the game together to undo all the damage it caused.

Shrek (2001)


Shrek is a film that is clever, funny and great to watch with the kids. It’s about an ogre named Shrek who once lived peacefully in solitude until one day his routine is disrupted by an invasion of fairytale characters. These newcomers were all banished from their kingdom.

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But Shrek is determined and wants to save all these people’s homes (to regain his loneliness). To do this, he makes a deal with Lord Farquaad, the ruler of the kingdom. In return, he will save Princess Fiona, who will be Farquaad’s bride – Fiona has her own secrets. The film conveys the message of always building and pursuing genuine relationships with people and nature.

“Finding Nemo” (2003)

In Finding Nemo, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) was an integral part of the story... and ended up with her own sequel
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Find Nemo Arguably one of the best Pixar classics of all time. It’s about a clownfish who swims away from his home, a coral reef, forcing his widowed father to embark on a mission to find him by swimming in the open oceans and facing his greatest fears along the way puts.

Although this father and son coming together story sounds quite serious and emotional and has many sad moments, it is also filled with numerous funny scenes. Find Nemo is a unique film that will make viewers both cry and laugh. It’s a heartwarming story that lets viewers know that no matter how difficult things may seem at the moment, everything will turn out positively in the end.

‘Ratatouille’ (2007)

Ratatouille - Ratatouille with a view of the Eiffel Tower

Ratatouille is a film about Remy, a lovable and determined rat who dreams of becoming a chef. To further his career, he moves to Paris and starts working on his cooking skills with the help of Linguini, a garbage man. But because he’s a rat, and it’s a profession rats aren’t welcome in, he also has to hide a lot, which makes the movie hilarious.

As he grows and hones his culinary skills, Remy finally gets a chance to prove to a restaurant critic just how good he is. Whether or not he has what it takes is the real question. Overall, the film was a huge box office success, which was well deserved. The message behind the film is to try things because you never know until you try.

Rock School (2003)

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JackBlack took his performance to another level School of Rock, where he played the role of Dewey Finn, a struggling musician who finds his way into a school by landing a teaching position. He then helps the students and the principal unleash their inner musicians and rock stars and start a new band.

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This is a real feel good movie, not only because of the story but also because you get to see Jack Black as Jack Black. In total, School of Rock is a truly vibrant, funny, witty and meaningful family film with brilliant acting. Basically, this movie rocks.

‘Kung Fu Panda’ (2008)

Kung Fu Panda Dragon feature
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The film Kung Fu Panda is a story about Po, a lazy panda bear who embarks on a mission to become a dragon master. Although the movie title says a lot about the story, it’s funny to imagine a big, adorable and lazy panda who performs martial arts and is the best at it. Despite the odds against him, he succeeds.

It’s a fantastic film to watch with kids witnessing Po’s journey beautifully animated. The film is elegant, the action scenes are extremely entertaining, the plot is not overdone at all and Jack Black does a brilliant job of voicing butt. The message of this film is: to be successful it doesn’t matter to be better than the best, what matters is to become the best version of yourself.

‘The Lego Movie’ (2014)

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The Lego Movie is unique in its satirical writing and wit. Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell were exceptional with their voiceovers for their roles. The animation of this film is also something new and is about Emmet, a construction worker in Bricksburg. He loves his colleagues and everything is going well, but things are about to get intense.

Soon, Emmet is misidentified as a special being who holds the only key to saving the world from a looming threat. He soon joins a team of strangers fighting a tyrant’s evil plan for world domination. Things get hilarious because, despite being completely hopeless and unprepared, Emmet does his best.

‘Moiana’ (2016)

moana stares at the ocean

Moiana is a film that is special for all Disney fans because it invokes a certain nostalgic feeling for the older Disney films. The sense of humor and the musical aspect of the film make it all the better. The film is about Moana, a daring and strong-willed teenager who embarks on a mission to save her people.

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Her story is full of adventures and on her way she meets Maui who was once a demigod and he helps her in her quest. Maui and Moana sail across the ocean, battling incredible odds and monsters along their journey. Finally, the film shows Moana discovering her origins and embracing her heritage, making it her identity.

‘DC League of Superbeasts’ (2022)

Krypto and Ace in DC League of Super-Pets

DC League of Super Pets was recently released and was a huge hit at the worldwide box office. This feel-good film is action-packed, funny and full of emotions. It’s a movie that will make you hug your pets tightly after watching it. The film has a star-studded cast who gave a promising performance.

After Superman and the Justice League are kidnapped by an evil guinea pig, it’s up to Krypto, Superman’s dog, to save his best friend’s life. Along the way, he forms a team of super-powered stray animals from an adoption home, and together they save the Justice League. The film has a very positive ending and introduces a new concept of super pets. All of them have super powers and they are all pets of DC Super Heroes.

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