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Have you ever watched a

movie with your children and

thought, “this is only rated PG?

You’re not alone — so many family friendly movies are filled with content that many parents find to be inappropriate for their kids. If you’re looking for wholesome movies your whole family can watch together, this movie guide is just for you.

This Family-Friendly Movie Guide is the perfect start to a family movie night. This guide offers 15 family-friendly films that are filled with positive messages, uplifting stories, and content that’s safe for your kids. Remember:

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

- L.R. Knost

In this book you’ll also find fun quotes, trivia, and discussion questions scattered throughout that you can talk over and share with your children. Grab some popcorn, open up, and fill your family with light and laughter!

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Shifting Gears

An overworked dad, in a dead-end job, spends his life savings on a “family business” hoping it will draw his family closer. Instead, this life altering decision wagers the family’s destiny on the questionable racing skills of their teenage son.

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Raising IzzIE

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When their mother passes away leaving sisters Izzie (Kyla Kenedy) and Gertie Nash (Victoria Staley) without an adult guardian, they are forced to grow up fast. Afraid

her daughters will be separated if they are placed in the foster care system, their

mother makes the necessary arrangements for Gertie and Izzie to live on their own, with a bank account, apartment and small online business to support themselves.

Older sister Gertie takes care of her little sister in addition to working and attending school. For a year, the girls are able to hide their predicament from their neighbors, their landlord and even their teachers.

When Tonya Freeman (Vanessa Williams),

Gertie’s new teacher, becomes suspicious, the girls have to come up with a new plan to protect their secret. After Tonya confronts the girls and they confess to their situation, Tonya has to decide how to protect them and keep them together against the will of her husband Greg (Rockmond Dunbar).


This film is based on the grand- prize winning script of the 1st annual GMC Faith & Family Screenplay Competition in 2011.



Sweet, Sweet, Summertime

With summer vacation just underway, Caleb’s father announces that they’ll be moving from their country-style home to the big city. Caleb and his best friend Blake put a plan together to make their summer the best summer ever.

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The Adventures Of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure

The whole family will enjoy watching two friends working to outsmart and outrun an evil conspiracy that dates back to the Civil War.



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A new female coach fresh out of college takes over the cross country program at an all girls private Christian school and tries to lead them to their first state title.

Writer, director, and producer Dave Christiano chose Girls athletics for several reasons. He noticed that most High School sports movies are about boys and so he wanted to bring awareness to girls athletics. Also, in 2009 he coached a girls cross country team in North Carolina. In fact, he named the main 4 cross country characters after 4 fresh- men girls that were on the high school team he coached!

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Treasure State

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In the wilderness of Montana, adventure awaits. The Hogues and the Stantons have feuded for decades and now their teenage sons, Levi Hogue and Trey Stanton, are continuing the family tradition, rivals

to the bitter end. Or so they think, until an airplane carrying a cargo of great importance crashes in the snow covered mountains of Montana, sending the boys on an adventure that will change the course of their lives forever.

A Mile in His Shoes

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Mickey Tussler is a young farmer with Asperger’s and a strong pitching arm. He is discovered by a minor league baseball coach, Arthur Murphy, who is convinced that Mickey has what it takes to save

his struggling team. This uplifting film demonstrates how two people help each other reach their untapped potential.


How did this film teach you to be patient and kind to people who are different from you?



3 Day Test

Martin Taylor has totally lost touch with his family. He has no clue who his teenage daughter’s friends are, why his son only communicates with an electronic sign outside his bedroom door, or why his youngest child only watches faith TV.

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Convinced the family needs to reconnect, Martin surprises the wife and kids with a little experiment — he locks them in their own home with no power, no heat, no running water, and absolutely no contact with the world outside!

The sudden holiday staycation isn’t what the Taylors had in mind for the weekend, but they’ll have to team up to prove they can survive Dad’s wacky mission.

With a heartfelt message and some persistence, one little member of the family helps put their priorities back in the pews, because they’ll need all the faith they have to get through this!



Grand Prix:

The Winning Tale

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Alice is a 14-year-old girl in a brand new town (and school) after her father remarries and relocates her to the

“big city.” At her new school, she soon encounters the resident trouble-maker, Rick. Rick and his friends torment Alice no matter what she does. Soon Alice learns that her bully enjoys go-kart racing, so she takes on the tough challenge of beating Rick at his own game.

Armed with an old go kart and the help of her new friends, Alice learns a valuable lesson about sticking up for herself.


What about Alice’s actions can be used as an example for dealing with your own bullies?



The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone

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A man who stops into a foster home to drop off some donations soon tells the kids a story about two teenage friends who uncover a long-lost medallion that transports them back in time. The two friends travel back 200 years, and are soon faced with saving their island from a nemesis, and figuring out how to get back to the present!

Zoey to the Max

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13-year-old foster kid Zoey Manning runs away from a bad situation and finally finds her dream forever home. However, she soon finds herself in a fight to protect her new family and their beloved dog Max after Max, a famous show dog, is stolen under Zoey’s watch. With the help of her new tech-whiz friend, Zoey must track down the criminals and save her relationship with her new foster family.




Summer school, what a bummer! That is what Mason, Luke, Maddy and Olivia are thinking on the first day of school. Bored, the four of them are daydreaming about what they might be doing if they weren’t in stuck in school.

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When a cute little stray pup they name Chewy wanders into their school, the days are anything but boring. The four of them must unite to help keep Chewy out sight of the principal, Ms. Thistle.

What ensues is an elaborate game of

hide- and-seek as they not only try to keep Chewy from being discovered, but also clean up the messes he leaves behind.

The kids come up with one creative hiding place after another, even enlisting the help of school staff members to keep Chewy’s presence under wraps. This game of hide- and-seek can’t last forever, or can it? Or will Ms. Thistle catch on to their little secret, and capture them red handed in possession of The Stray?



The Watsons Go to Birmingham

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When 15-year-old juvenile delinquent Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents decide he needs a dose of Grandma Sands’ no-nonsense approach, so they head south to spend the summer with

her in Birmingham, Alabama. There they discover something that will change their lives—and their country—forever.

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The Watsons Go To Birmingham

is based off of a historical-fiction novel by Christopher Paul Curtis.

It was his first novel and earned him a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and The Golden Kite Award.



The Prayer Box

The Prayer Box is a beautifully tragic story about what happens when God doesn’t intervene the way people want him to.

Following the story of a young boy who sets off on a mission to get God’s attention in hopes that God will heal his sister from

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terminal cancer, the young boy begins answering the prayers left by church members

in the pastor’s prayer box after thve pastor throws them away, jaded by his ownvsuffering. It tackles the heavy issues of unanswered prayer and if God even hears/answers prayer with a message that is heartbreaking in its

raw portrayal of human pain and suffering in this world. Not a conventional inspirational faith film, this film is undeniably powerful in the fact that it challenges preconceived notions of whitewashed happy-go-lucky faith.

This film does not hide the fact that life is full of pain, suffering, loss, and betrayal, yet it somehow manages to take these themes and find God in the midst of it all.



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