Last year was a year of big transitions and transformations for our family. We went from broken to blended and three kids to five. There were times of sorrow and times of great joy. Homes and families split and new ones formed. In some ways it was a milestone I do not wish on any family, and in other ways, I am grateful for how things turned out.
Now that we have a year behind us, we have found that movies (especially comedies) about blended families are fun for us to watch and very relatable to our own experiences.
Here are our favorite blended family movies:
#1 Blended with Adam Sandler and Drew Berrymore
In this romantic comedy, Jim and Lauren find themselves on a dreadful blind date. Afterwards, the two single parents cross paths once again — but this time at a vacation resort with their kids in tow.
#2 The Parent Trap starring Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid
When Hallie Parker and Annie James meet at summer camp, they think they have nothing in common — only to discover that they’re identical twins. Soon, they’re up to their freckles in a scheme to switch places and get their parents back together.
#3 Yours, Mine and Ours starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo
Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo take on the roles made famous by Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball in this remake of the 1968 comedy about two single parents who plan to marry and merge their broods into one “happy” family.
#4 Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams and Sally Field
Loving but irresponsible dad Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), estranged from his exasperated spouse (Sally Field), is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. When Daniel learns his ex needs a housekeeper, he gets the job — disguised as an English nanny. Soon he becomes not only his children’s best pal but the kind of parent he should have been from the start. Not surprisingly, the film won an Oscar for Best Makeup.
#5 The Boxtrolls
In this animated fable, young orphan Eggs lives in an underground cave with his adoptive family, a band of impish creatures called Boxtrolls. When a malicious exterminator sets out to destroy them, they look to Eggs and a plucky rich girl for help.
Disclosure: I am a part of the Netflix Stream team. All opinions are my own and not influenced by Netflix.