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Best Sleepover Movies for Kids of All Ages

Posted: 07/13/2012 10:21 am

Nothing says "sleepover" like popping in a great movie to watch with your best friends. Whether you have tweens who are new to the sleepover scene or veteran teen overnighters, this list of 15 great sleepover movie picks is sure to get the night off to a great start -- we've got everything from silly comedies for kids to three-hanky romances and super-scary movies for teens. Check out our full list of 50 sleepover picks over at Common Sense Media.

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  • Toy Story

    <strong>Toy Story </strong> *Pixar classic is one of the best movies of all time!* <em>Toy Story</em> follows the adventures of the toys who belong to a boy named Andy. His favorite is a sheriff from the Old West named Woody, who acts as the leader of the rest of Andy's toys -- including a skittish Tyrannosaurus Rex (Wallace Shawn) and Mr. Potato Head. All is going well until Andy gets a very special birthday present: a toy spaceman named Buzz Lightyear. For ages <strong>4 and up </strong> Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    <strong><em>My Neighbor Totoro</em> </strong> *Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.* <em>My Neighbor Totoro</em> is director Hayao Miyazaki's breakthrough film. In 1958 Japan, 10-year-old Satsuki, 4-year-old Mei, and their father move to the countryside where their mother is hospitalized with a long-term illness. As they get settled into their new home, the girls discover there are magical creatures, like dust sprites, that inhabit their house and neighborhood. For ages <strong>5 and up</strong> Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Singin' in the Rain

    <strong><em>Singin' in the Rain </em></strong> *Often considered the finest musical of all time.* Silent movie star Don Lockwood is paired on screen with the ultra-annoying Lina Lamont (Jean Hagan), who would like to be paired with him off screen as well. Sparks fly when Don encounters actress Kathy Selden, which makes Lina jealous. When the first talkie becomes a hit, the stars of the latest Lockwood/Lamont movie, <em>The Dueling Cavalier</em>, are coached in vocal technique in an attempt at a talkie, but the results are disastrous. Meanwhile, Don and Kathy have fallen in love. For ages <strong>6 and up </strong> Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    <strong><em>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</em> </strong> *First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.* Harry is an orphan who lives with the odious Dursleys, his aunt, uncle, and cousin. On his 11th birthday, Harry receives a mysterious letter, but his uncle destroys it before he can read it. Letters keep coming, and the Dursleys panic and hide away on a remote island. But they're found by Hagrid, a huge, bearded man with a weakness for scary-looking creatures. It turns out that the letters were coming from Hogwarts, a boarding school for young witches and wizards, and Harry is expected for the fall term, so Hagrid whisks him off to begin his new life as a wizard in training. For ages <strong>7 and up </strong> Read our full review<a href="" target="_hplink"> here</a>.

  • Akeelah and the Bee

    <strong><em>Akeelah and the Be</em>e </strong> *Inspiring drama about a champion speller.* Intelligent and charming, <em>Akeelah and the Bee</em> traces the delicate, courageous process of a little girl's growing up. Akeelah is a resolute, self-protecting 11-year-old with a gift for spelling. Trying to "fit in" with her classmates at a middle school in Los Angeles' Crenshaw district, she misses her father (killed by gunfire when she was 6) and doesn't see enough of her hardworking mother Tanya or starting-to-act-tough brother. After she wins a classwide bee, her principal (Curtis Armstrong) decides she should compete. For ages<strong> 8 and up </strong> Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Hugo

    <strong><em>Hugo</em></strong> *Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.* In this 1930s-set adaptation of Brian Selznick's Caldecott-winning novel, 12-year-old Hugo is an orphan who lives in a Paris train station. His prized possession is an automaton (mechanical man) that his late father rescued from museum archives before his death. Hugo steals from the various shops at the train station to get by, but when he attempts to swipe a wind-up mouse from eccentric toy seller Georges, he embarks on an adventure that leads him to uncover exactly what the automaton is and why it's important. For ages <strong>8 and up</strong> Read our full review<a href="" target="_hplink"> here</a>.

  • Lemonade Mouth

    <strong><em>Lemonade Mouth </em></strong> *Melodic Disney movie has great messages for families.* A chance meeting in detention sparks friendship among five high school students, and soon their shared love of music yields Lemonade Mouth, an upstart band whose songs inspire the downtrodden among their peers. Stella, Wen, Mo, Olivia, and Charlie go from seeming nobodies to heroes when they vow to make their voices heard in a school that venerates its athletes at the expense of every other group, including the school's music program. For ages <strong>8 and up </strong> Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • The Sandlot

    <strong><em>The Sandlot </em></strong> *Field of Dreams for tweens.* After getting onto the local sandlot team purely by luck, Scotty Smalls spends a blissful summer developing his baseball skills with help from his teammates. Things take a serious turn when the gang experiences what they believe is a bad omen that will give them bad luck. To infuse the team with good luck, Scotty runs home and grabs his stepfather's baseball. When Scotty hits the ball into the junkyard, the boys discover just how valuable it is and devise an elaborate scheme to retrieve it. For ages<strong> 8 and up </strong> Read our full review<a href="" target="_hplink"> here</a>.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    <em><strong>Diary of a Wimpy Kid</strong></em> *Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.* <em>Diary of a Wimpy Kid</em> follows sixth grader Greg Heffley as he attempts to navigate the middle-school social order with his chubby, sweet best friend Rowley. After looking at his rocker older brother's old yearbook, Greg decides the key to climbing the popularity ladder is to join various after-school clubs and associations and somehow settles on safety patrol with Rowley. Greg continues to plot and scheme to make himself more well-liked, but in the process starts pushing Rowley to change the way he dresses, talks, and acts to fit in better. Ultimately, Greg endangers his one true friendship for selfish reasons, while Rowley surprisingly grows more popular by just being himself. For ages<strong> 9 and up</strong> Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    <em><strong>Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark </strong></em> *A thrill ride and a half.* After a heroic jungle rescue, Indiana Jones forks over a valuable relic to the dastardly French archeologist Belloq, under threat of death by a band of spear-wielding natives. Jones is then sent by the U.S. military to outdo the Nazis in a race to find the secret resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Jones stops in Nepal to retrieve a medallion from Marion, his ex-girlfriend. The medallion is the key that tells where the ark is buried. Escaping Nazis, Jones and Marion head for Cairo, where they battle all manner of thugs. For ages<strong> 11 and up </strong> Read our full review<a href="" target="_hplink"> here</a>.

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    <strong><em>The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants </em></strong> *Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.* <em>The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants </em>follows four high school girl friends who separate for the summer and vow to keep in touch by way of a pair of blue jeans that magically fits all their different body sizes perfectly. They mail the jeans to one another, along with letters to keep up with what's happening in each other's lives. During their vacations, they explore their emerging sense of independence, while figuring out how to maintain relationships with their families and with each other, and each girl learns a valuable life lesson. For ages 11 and up Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Poltergeist

    <strong><em>Poltergeist </em></strong> *One of the all-time great haunted house movies.* Steven and Diane Freeling and their three children are happy in their new home in a California housing development built by the company Steven works for. They don't notice at first that 5-year-old daughter Carol Ann is receiving messages from voices that speak to her through empty channels on the television set. But Diane soon begins to see more physical evidence of a ghostly presence, one that moves things around the kitchen and becomes more malevolent. For ages<strong> 13 and up </strong> Read our full review<a href="" target="_hplink"> here</a>.

  • Bend It Like Beckham

    <strong><em>Bend It Like Beckham</em></strong> *Superb tale of a girl's struggle for her dreams.* Jess is the obedient daughter of her tradition-minded parents who have mapped her life's flight path from law degree to Indian husband to perfecting her ability to cook 'aloo gobi'. They have also allowed her to develop her natural soccer playing talents by turning a blind eye to her practices in the park with her best friend, Tony. When Jess' older sister prepares to get married, their parents decide that it is time for Jess to settle down. Just as they are telling Jess to curb her sports pursuits, she is offered the opportunity to take her playing to the next level. For ages 13 and up Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here.</a>

  • Mean Girls

    <em><strong>Mean Girls </strong></em> *Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.* <em>Queen Bees and Wannabes</em>, a non-fiction book by Rosalind Wiseman about alpha girls and the impact they have on everyone else, has been adapted by Tina Fey into a movie about a girl who takes on a ruling clique. Previously homeschooled by her zoologist parents while living in Africa, Cady moves to Evanston, Illinois and attends high school. Cady finds herself having a hard time understanding the social norms in the school, and is drawn to the "the Plastics," the most popular clique in the school. For ages<strong> 14 and up </strong> Read the full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here. </a>

  • Paranormal Activity

    <em><strong>Paranormal Activity </strong></em> Micah brings home a deluxe video camera and starts filming himself and his girlfriend Katie in their large San Diego house. It seems that unseen forces have been terrifying them while they sleep, and Micah hopes to gather evidence. A psychic warns them that the trouble is probably caused by a demon -- one specifically targeting Katie -- and that they need professional help. But Micah wants to keep filming and work the problem out by themselves. Unfortunately, the disturbances begin to grow more and more alarming. For ages <strong>17 and up</strong> Read our full review <a href="" target="_hplink">here.</a>