Robin Williams is a very funny guy. It seems like he is either kind of crude or VERY child-friendly. We’ve come up with a list of his best family-friendly movies.
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#10 – Jumanji
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 65% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This was one of my favorite movies growing up that I would watch with my brothers and sisters over and over. The cast is great and special effects are done pretty well. There are some scary/intense scenes so I would recommend this for older children.
Summary – When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn’t realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game’s spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan (Williams) reunites with Sarah (Hunt)and together with Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) tries to outwit the game’s powerful forces in this imaginative adventure that combines breathtaking special effects with an enchanting mixture of comedy, magic and thrills.
#9 – Jack
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 67% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion -This movie is on the bottom of my movie list. It was just okay. There are some funny scenes, but for the most part it was bland. I do think that Robin Williams did a good job acting like a 10-year-old, but Diane Lane and Jennifer Lopez stole the show.
Summary – Williams stars as a mischievous 10-year-old who acts like any other boy his age, except he’s in a grown-up’s body. It’s nonstop laughs as Jack embarks on the greatest adventure of his young life…the fifth grade. In Williams’ wildest role ever, you’re taken on a hilarious rides as Jack explores the ups and downs of life from a kid’s point of view!
#8 – Night at the Museum
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 67% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – I thought this movie was very funny and entertaining. Both Ben Stiller and Robin Williams do a great job playing their characters. This movie is enjoyable for children and adults.
Summary - When good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Stiller) is hired as night watchman at the Museum of Natural History, he soon discovers that an ancient curse brings all the exhibits to life after the sun sets. Suddenly, Larry finds himself face-to-face with a frisky T. rex skeleton, tiny armies of Romans and cowboys and a mischievous monkey who taunts him to the breaking point. But with the help of President Teddy Roosevelt (Williams), Larry may just figure out a way to control the chaos and become a hero in his son’s eyes.
#7 – A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 69% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion -I have heard mixed reviews about his film and think you will either love it or hate it. I personally didn’t care for it. I thought the first 30 minutes were okay, but after that it dragged on and on. It seemed like a more boring and dark version of Pinocchio to me.
Summary – In a future world of runaway global warming and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspect of their lives with sophisticated companion robots called Mechas. But when an advanced prototype robot child named David (Haley Joel Osment) is programmed to show unconditional love, his human family isn’t prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, David is on his own in a strange and dangerous world. Befriended by a streetwise Mecha (Jude Law), David embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secret of his own identity.
#6 – August Rush
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 70% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – I enjoyed watching this film for the music and because I’m a fan of Keri Russell. She does an excellent job at playing Lyla (Evan’s mother). I did think the movie was a little slow in the middle and Robin Williams was quite annoying, although his character is supposed to be portrayed like that. I would recommend watching this at least once.
Summary – There’s music in the wind and sky. Can you hear it? And there’s hope. Can you feel it? The boy called August Rush can. The music mysteriously draws him, penniless and alone, to New York City in a quest to find – somehow, someway – the parents separated from him years earlier. And along the way he may also find the musical genius hidden within him.
#5 – FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 73% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – Both my children and I like this movie. It is one of those movies that you can watch over and over and still love it! It has great music, beautiful animation, and the characters are entertaining. Robin Williams does an exceptional job as the voice of Batty Koda. It also has a positive message about the environment without being overbearing. I would recommend this to all families.
Summary – Magic and adventure await in FernGully, a spectacular rainforest where a bat named Batty, whose radar has gone haywire, joins together with Crysta, Pips and the Beetle Boys to save their marvelous world from the evil Hexxus. Ignoring the warnings of her friends, Crysta, the curious tree fairy, explores the world beyond FernGully. She discovers Zak, a real live human who is helping to demolish the rainforest. Once Zak sees the beauty and magic of FernGully, he vows to save it. But it may be too late. The diabolical Hexxus is on the loose and intent on destroying all of FernGully.
#4 – Happy Feet
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 74% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – I thought this movie was entertaining and the animation was fantastic! This isn’t one of my children’s favorite movies, but I thought it was well done and enjoyed it. It has some great messages in it that can be talked with older children about.
Summary – Emperor penguins are born to sing. All except young Mumble, who was born to dance… tap dance. Such un-penguin-like behavior eventually gets Mumble kicked out of Emperor Land and into the big, cold world. Joined by his Adelie Amigos and an all-knowing Rockhopper penguin named Lovelace, Mumble embarks on an epic journey and ultimately proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world!
#3 – Mrs. Doubtfire
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 76% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This is a very entertaining and one of the funniest movies with Robin Williams. The rest of the acting is well done and I especially enjoy Mara Wilson playing the youngest daughter. Parents should be aware that there is some strong language, including one “F” word.
Summary – Struggling actor Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) cant keep a job. And if it were up to his fed up wife (Sally Field), he wouldn’t be allowed to keep his family, either! So when a judge says Daniel can only visit his kids once a week, the inventive dad becomes Mrs. Doubtfire – the perfect nanny to his own children!
#2 – Dead Poets Society
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 84% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion -I personally have never seen this movie, but I have heard good reviews about it. On several reviews that I have read, people have said this movie changed their life.
Summary – Williams portrays passionate English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming…”Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” The charismatic teacher’s emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm–changing their lives forever.
#1 – Aladdin (Currently not available on DVD)
Is it any Good? Bear-ometer score: 87% like it
Mommy Bear’s Opinion – This is one of my favorite Disney movies. I love the storyline, the songs, the characters, and everything else about it! Robin Williams does a phenomenal job as the voice of the Genie and makes the movie even more wonderful. There are some scenes that younger children could get scared, but this is definitely a must see for children 7 and older.
Summary – In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey Abu battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine from the schemes of the evil sorcerer Jafar. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.
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