From the mouth of a baby: 20 hilarious comedies about children

There is not a single adult who is not a child. All these discreet people in suits were tinkering in the sand, making secrets, teasing, roaring out loud and plotting ferociously. Therefore, comedy films about childhood leave no one indifferent – everyone there will see something about themselves or their child. In this selection of comedies about children, there are those that will make you laugh to tears or suggest a cool pedagogical technique.

Yes Day (2021)

Remember the boy who thought his name was “No”? Parents are, after all, those adults whose position obliges them to prohibit everything that hot children’s heads are up to. The American novelty of cinema will clearly demonstrate the opposite situation, when a married couple agrees with their children in everything. Allison and Carlos decide to have a family holiday and answer “yes” to all the requests of the guys. The couple does not suspect what the day of permissiveness will turn into, and what discoveries will bring minor concessions.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Yes Day

Actors:
Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
6+


Not Everyone Is Home (2020)

A foreign film about children is a funny French comedy that men should watch. The heads of the family mistakenly believe that there is nothing complicated in household chores and caring for a child. So thought Antoine, immersed in his work, while his wife was engaged in everyday life and offspring. After talking with her sister, Isabelle decided to take a break and went to Greece. Antoine is sure that he can live peacefully for 10 days without his wife, but reality has prepared many surprises.

Original title:
10 jours sans maman

Actors:
Franck Dubosque, Or Atica, Alice David …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Watch out, kids! (2020)

The Russian family film will tell about children who do not want to come to terms with the divorce of their parents. All the childish tricks are used, but nothing works until the holidays come. Every summer, Nastya and Misha’s mother takes them to the village to their grandmother, and this year the woman sends them by bus due to being busy at work. The guys use their freedom to implement the latest plan to save the family. Nastya and her brother get off at the next station, and the couple are forced to unite to search for children, forgetting about disagreements.

Actors:
Kirill Zhandarov, Elizaveta Nilova, Elizaveta Tikhonova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2

Age restrictions:
6+


Think Like a Dog (2020)

A fantastic film for the whole family with children in the comedy genre will introduce viewers to the young child prodigy Oliver. The boy goes to school, discusses new ideas on the Internet with a Chinese scientist and works on the creation of a telepathic device. Testing the invention causes a power surge, and Oliver finds he can mentally communicate with his own dog . A teenager with the help of wise canine advice begins to change his life for the better, unaware that he is being watched by a secret organization.

Original title:
Think Like a Dog

Actors:
Gabriel Bateman, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox…

Country:
USA, UK, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.2

Age Limits :
6+


Magic Mirror, or Double Trouble (2019)

Frido loves to play with friends and goof off, while her mother forces her to study and do boring chores. One day, the boy goes to an amusement park, where he gets a double – he materializes from a magic mirror. Copy loves going to school and doing assignments, and Frido gets to have a great time. A boy shares a secret with his best friend – and now another doppelganger is ready to take on everyday tasks. However, the copies pursue their own goals, and it is increasingly difficult for friends to control the situation.

Original title:
Unheimlich perfekte Freunde

Actors:
Louis Worbach, Jona Genslen, Margarita Broich …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
6+


Fire Games (2019)

In a family comedy about children who find themselves in the forest during a fire and without parental care, the main role is assigned to rescuers. The courageous heroes of the film are used to pacify the dangerous elements, but the presence of naughty guys in the unit became a real test for the team. Firefighters pulled three children out of a fiery trap, and until the arrival of relatives they must look after the wards. Zoey, Will and Brynn quickly settle into their new place, turning the firehouse into the epicenter of chaos.

Original title:
Playing with Fire

Actors:
John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, Brianna Hildebrand …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
6+


Family Quickie (2018)

An interesting American film ideal for family viewing – a realistic entertaining comedy based on the director’s personal story. Pete and Ellie Wagner put off having offspring, pursuing careers and arranging life. But when the spouses are ripe for parenthood, they can’t get their own, and they choose Lizzie, a difficult child with a difficult fate, in the orphanage for adoption. When processing documents, it turns out that the girl has a younger brother and sister, and the Wagners take home three teenagers at once.

Original title:
Instant Family

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


House upside down (2018)

Heartthrob Antoine lives in a spacious apartment, part of which he rents to Thomas. When he permanently moves to the United States, the man is forced to look for another tenant. The choice of Antoine falls on the charming Jeanne, but the dreams of a stormy romance with the beauty collapse immediately – the woman crosses the threshold of the apartment with her son and daughter. And here the comedy about a family with children takes a sharp turn – after all, the freedom-loving Antoine is determined to get rid of the new noisy neighbors.

Original title:
Les dents, pipi et au lit

Actors:
Arnaud Ducret, Louise Bourgoin, Timeo Bolland…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

The list of the best films continues with the adaptation of the timeless classics in the original interpretation. Nanny Mary Poppins’ pupils have grown up a long time ago, but they still need a miracle. Michael’s wife has died, leaving her husband with three children, and the orphaned family is threatened with eviction from their dilapidated home. At a difficult moment in life, Mary Poppins descends from behind the clouds on a kite, again ready to put things in order in the fate of the Banks.

Original title:
Mary Poppins Returns

Actors:
Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
6+


Ghost (2015)

A funny and touching film about children will make viewers think about the true meaning of life, which can end at any moment. A talented aircraft designer dies in a car accident without completing an important project. Competitors decide to take advantage of the death of Yuri Gordeev to promote their proposals on the market. The heavens intervene, giving the engineer the opportunity to complete the project, but no one notices the disembodied ghost . The only one who sees and hears Gordeev is the shy teenager Vanya, but he cannot even take a step without his mother’s control.

Actors:
Fedor Bondarchuk, Semyon Treskunov, Yan Tsapnik …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
6+


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

A foreign film about a large family is watched in one breath thanks to the plot from the world bestseller Judith Wiorst. Each new day tests Alexander for strength – troubles follow the boy on his heels. Parents do not take the problem seriously, and brother and sister make fun of the loser. On the eve of his name day, Alexander makes a wish that they at least once be in his place. The universe fulfills the request, but at the most inopportune moment. Mom has an important meeting planned, dad goes to an interview, sister prepares for a speech, brother passes on the rights – and everything goes wrong in the morning.

Original title:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Actors:
Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
6+


Dream Vacation (2014)

British films about children in the comedy genre hit the top thanks to reviews from viewers who love European family films, Scottish landscapes and actress Rosamund Pike. The McLeods are on the verge of a divorce, but for the sake of the upcoming anniversary of Doug’s father, Eby agrees to the trip. The family couple is trying in every way to hide problems from relatives so as not to injure the sick old man, but the talkative and restless children do not leave a chance to keep the secret.

Original title:
What We Did on Our Holiday

Actors:
Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
12+


Mixed (2014)

Jim and Lori have a bad relationship experience behind them, so each one approaches the choice of a partner with great responsibility. A single date was enough for the couple not to want to meet again, but fate has other plans. Lori and Jim meet on an African safari, where they brought their children to rest. It is impossible to avoid communication – and the couple has the opportunity to get to know each other better.

Original title:
Blended

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
12+


Parental Mayhem (2012)

Alice and Phil are busy with work and career advancement, and do not have the opportunity to pay enough attention to the offspring. During the next rush in the office, the spouses give the children to the care of their parents – the “old guard”, who know a lot about education. However, grandparents quickly realize the worthlessness of a strict approach to their grandchildren and use non-standard tactics, which creates many funny situations in a funny comedy about school children.

Original title:
Parental Guidance

Actors:
Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
6+


Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Rowley and Greg are childhood friends and major outsiders in the class. Old friends can not take their rightful place in the school hierarchy. Nobody wants to communicate with boys, and teenagers have to withstand a stream of ridicule every day. Good-natured fat man Rowley has long resigned himself to his fate, but Greg is ready to defy fate. A nondescript and frail boy intends to prove his own importance to his classmates – and develops a brilliant plan.

Original title:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Actors:
Zachary Gordan, Robert Capron, Rachel Harris, Chloe Grace Moretz …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Ramona and Beezus (2010)

Quimby’s sisters are two cardinal opposites, and this explosive mixture of characters is able to turn the house upside down. Beezus is a model of prudence and good breeding, an older sister restrained in emotions. The younger Ramona is a restless and cheerful girl, always ready to have fun. A light comedy about small children with different temperaments will show a few days in the life of a friendly family, filled with funny scenes and jokes.

Original title:
Ramona and Beezus

Actors:
Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age limits :
0+


Little Nicolas (2009)

The highly rated French comedy about children’s antics will appeal to fans of kind and touching stories. Nicolas learns that his friend has a younger brother, which the friend is not at all happy about. Parents devote most of their time to caring for the baby, paying little attention to the older child. A friend said that before the birth of the baby, mom and dad practically did not quarrel, and Nicolas noticed similar changes in his own family. The boy comes up with new pranks every day to prevent the appearance of a brother or sister.

Original title:
Le petit Nicolas

Actors:
Maxime Godard, Vincent Claude, Charles Vellen …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
6+


My Terrible Nanny (2005)

After the death of his wife, Cedric Brown is left alone with seven children, so he is looking for a suitable teacher. The situation is complicated by the fact that all the governesses run away after the first day of work. Brothers and sisters do not want to see a replacement mother in the house, and Cedric needs to work to feed his family. Salvation is Matilda McPhee, who is able to cope with any tomboys with the help of a unique method of education. A cool comedy about the fact that even the most naughty children can find a nanny with a magic stick.

Original title:
Nanny McPhee

Actors:
Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Thomas Sangster…

Country:
USA, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
0+


Bald Babysitter: Special Assignment (2005)

Shane Wolfe is a brave special forces officer , who perfectly performs any difficult tasks. The next mission of the fighter is to protect the children of a famous scientist who worked on a secret government project. The professor was kidnapped, but the man managed to hide the invention in his own house. Shane needs to find a hiding place and protect the children from the bandits, although the guys themselves resemble an organized group.

Original title:
The Pacifier

Actors:
Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith Ford …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
6+


Lemony Snicket: 33 Misfortunes (2004)

Klaus, Violet and their little sister Sunny are homeless after a fire. The guys temporarily move to a distant relative, but Uncle Olaf intends to take away the inheritance from the children. The master of reincarnation pursues the guys, depriving them of their guardians and setting deadly traps. Little Baudelaires are forced to defend themselves – and come up with a cunning plan to defeat a mercantile relative.

Original title:
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Actors:
Jim Carrey, Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, Meryl Streep, Jude Law…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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