Adam Sandler's new comedy Blended features two families coming together to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation at a South African adventure resort. The twist is that the parents -- Sandler and Drew Barrymore -- don't really like each other at first, so it's up to the kids to bring them together.
Since not everyone has the opportunity to visit Africa with their children, may we suggest watching horror movies as a means to unite family members? Don't worry, we won't throw any hard-core picks at you, just a few, family-themed scary flicks that will bring your family closer together -- even if you are huddling together in fear!
Insidious/Insidious: Chapter Two
One extended family may be the focus, yet the film deftly explores the pressures upon both parents and children when someone falls into an extended coma for unexplained, possibly paranormal reasons. As we always say, the family that wards off ghosts together, stays together -- and earns a sequel.
The Twilight Saga
Bella spends all four movies trying to blend into a new family, which creates the perfect opportunity for parents to talk with their teenage children about the challenges of fitting into new circumstances, whether it be step-siblings or new, blood-sucking relatives, and a coming apocalyptic war.
Based on Neil Gaiman's book, the movie revolves around the titular character, a little girl who moves with her preoccupied parents to a new home. She quickly becomes bored, and tumbles into a dreamy fantasy world where everything seems perfect -- until she tries to leave. Kids without siblings will especially relate to the material, but it's a good reminder for all families to look out for each other.
"They're here!" Little Carol Ann Freeling (Heather O'Rourke) has been in touch with the people who live in the television, which is an early sign that understandably concerns her parents (Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams) and, to a lesser extent, her siblings (Dominique Dunne and Oliver Robins). Carol Ann's otherworldly communications lead to her disappearance, then it's up to her mother to save the day, but the family has to work together to have any hope of survival.
Disguised as a suspense thriller, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster is, in fact, one of the most terrifying films of the 1970s. If you doubt that, watch again the scene when Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) unwittingly puts his older son's life in danger. Chief Brody is frightened beyond belief throughout the movie -- he's afraid of the water, much less than man-eating shark -- but he loves his wife and two sons, and he'll do anything to take away the one thing that threatens all of them. Really, there's nothing like a giant great white shark to bring a family together.
The family in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 shocker is not a traditional nuclear unit, which makes the movie feel very relevant for today's nontraditional, blended families. Strong and sturdy Rod Taylor lives with his mother (Jessica Tandy) and 11-year-old sister (Veronica Cartwright), and their family home becomes a refuge for the visiting Melanie (Tippi Hedren). The unusual family unit eventually bonds, as they must, in order to defend themselves against continued, mysterious attacks by increasing flocks of birds.