Family films for Valentine’s Day: True Love

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For a family film that any age can enjoy, try:


A love story between a green ogre and a red-headed princess, Shrek is fun and entertaining and not just for the kids. With the voices of Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow, the 2001 film is computer-generated animation filled with story-book, fairy-tale characters. Eddie Murphy is at his best as the annoying, funny, cute, never-stops-talking Donkey. The film won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. And did you know, Shrek has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rated PG for mild language and occasional crude humor, 90 minutes.


The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner, “Meathead” from All in the Family, went on to become a director as well as an actor, directing such memorable films as Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally, The Bucket List, and the Princess Bride. Based on the novel by William Goldman, Princess Bride is charming, a love story within a story. The cast is great and includes Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Peter Falk, and drum roll…..Billy Crystal and Carol Kane as Miracle Max and Valerie. The movie has romance, humor, a kidnapping, intrigue, sword-fights, chases, rescues, poisoned goblets, a giant, thieves, pirates, a beautiful Princess, a not-so charming Prince, super-big rodents, deadly fire-swamps, torture, true love, miracles, and a hero who answers his true love’s every request with “as you wish”. Sigh! Rated PG, 98 minutes


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