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Three Movies About Family to Watch Over Break

By CJ Kula

This semester has been brutal, and this past week has been no exception. If your professors are like mine, they have loaded all the final project assignments onto you the day before break. But that’s all in the past now! You have (hopefully) submitted all those assignments and you are ready for a much-needed break. Personally, I will spend this time with my family watching some of my favorite fall comfort movies. Without further ado, here are three movies to watch with family and friends over break.

1. Addams Family Values (1993)

This film is the sequel to The Addams Family, but it works perfectly well on its own. After

giving birth to their son Pubert, Gomez and Morticia hire a nanny to care for him. This nanny is the iconic villain of the story, Debbie, who marries and murders rich men for their money. Her next victim is Uncle Fester, who falls hopelessly in love with her. Meanwhile, Debbie sends Wednesday and Pugsley to a summer camp, where they are part of a Thanksgiving play. In true Addams family fashion, Wednesday gives an iconic speech and burns the set to the ground. This movie is full of incredible scenes, including Debbie’s origin story. She explains that for her tenth birthday, she got a Malibu Barbie instead of a Ballerina Barbie, so she burned down her family’s house. Despite their quirks, the Addams family is one of the best depictions of a loving and supportive family in media, and I will continue to watch this movie every year.

2. The Muppet Movie (1979)

This is a little self-indulgent, but I will put this movie on every list until the end of time. It is one of my comfort films. It is a film within a film, the story of how the Muppets met. The movie follows Kermit the Frog from his swamp to Hollywood, meeting and picking up new friends as he goes. They are chased by a classic villain, Doc Hopper, who wants Kermit to advertise his fried frog legs. Even though they have just met, the Muppets band together against Hopper to achieve their dreams in Hollywood. They all come from different backgrounds, but as they sit in the theater watching their origin story, it is clear that the Muppets are family.

3. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

You could argue that this is a summer movie but hear me out: It’s about family. It’s about how family can be put through the wringer and still be okay in the end. Experiment 626 escapes and crashes on Kaua’i, Hawaii, where he is sent to an animal shelter. Nani is Lilo’s older sister and guardian, who is trying to prove to a social worker that she can take care of Lilo. They adopt Experiment 626, now called Stitch, and Lilo forms a special bond with him. In the end, Nani, Lilo, and Stitch are a unique family that neither social workers nor aliens can tear apart.

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