16 interesting movies about big families

Folk wisdom says that in a large family they do not click their beak. Indeed, life surrounded by many brothers and sisters builds character and accustoms to competition. And the relationship between countless relatives can range from sincere love to outright enmity. And, of course, the most interesting stories will certainly take place here, which have repeatedly inspired filmmakers to create films about large families.

Yes Day (2021)

Comedy novelty movie from Netflix, where three children are very unhappy that mom and dad constantly forbid everything. Parents, in order to teach restless offspring a lesson, decided to give permission for any childish tricks for one day. At first, a non-trivial pedagogical decision brings a lot of joy and fun, but later leads to completely unexpected results and teaches an important lesson to the younger generation.

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

Original title:  
Yes Day

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:  
Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:  
6+


Little Women (2019)

The list of the best feature films of recent years about families with many children continues the adaptation of the bestseller by Louisa May Alcott. Four sisters are entering a difficult age, when the time comes to learn about themselves and the world around them, to experience love and disappointment. The background for the growing up of charming diverse persons is a tragic event that stretched out for several years – the American Civil War .

Original title:  
Little Women

Genre:  
Drama, Romance

Actors:  
Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits
12+


You can’t run away from family (2018)

The protagonist of the French comedy was so embarrassed by uncouth relatives from the provinces that he hid their existence from his wife and friends. But on the eve of an important event, the whole family decided to visit the successful Parisian designer . The visit came as a surprise to society – a fashionable artist pretended to be an orphan. After a shocking meeting, the bohemian creator has an accident, gets a head injury and, due to amnesia , considers himself a 17-year-old teenager from the outback.

Original title:  
La ch’tite famille

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:  
Dany Boon, Lyn Reno, Laurence Arne …

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Captain Fantastic (2016)

One of the funniest foreign comedies tells about a large family that lived in the forest . Once upon a time, an eccentric married couple decided to protect their descendants from the pernicious influence of capitalist civilization. A secluded life in nature, where the parents themselves taught the children everything, was interrupted due to a tragic incident. The children, who have avoided contact with society for many years, will have to return to the civilized world.

Original title:  
Captain Fantastic

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Mixed (2014)

A single mother goes on a date with a man who is also raising children from his first marriage. The evening goes so badly that the two never want to see each other again. However, by chance, the two lonelinesses are destined to cross again. Having gone on a family vacation to an African resort , a man and a woman turn out to be neighbors in rented apartments.

Original title:  
Blended

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:  
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:  
12+


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

The 11-year-old hero of the film about a family with a large number of children has a lot of relatives, but in a difficult situation, the boy has no one to turn to for help. Chewing gum got tangled in her hair, her beloved girl refused to go to her birthday party, relatives do not want to help in solving problems. One night, the boy wishes all members of the family to face serious difficulties, and his wish comes true .

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

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy

Actors:  
Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbuld …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:  
6 +


August 2013)

The highly acclaimed quirky comedy film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by playwright Tracey Letts. After the mysterious disappearance of the father of a large family, potential heirs gather in the house, taking their offspring and soul mates for company. A stormy showdown begins with mutual insults, scandals and the disclosure of the most hidden secrets.

Original title:  
August: Osage County

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
12+


My Big Spanish Family (2013)

In a sultry film, where there are many children in the family and they are all guys, the comedy effect is based on the collision of two things important for the Spaniards: love and football . One of the five brothers marries his pregnant girlfriend. But the date of the wedding accidentally coincides with the date when the Spanish team plays in the World Cup final. It is not surprising that the celebration turns into a continuous commotion, and then the former passion of the groom suddenly appears – a grasping fatal beauty .

Original title:
La gran familia española

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama, drama

Actors:
Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Alamo, Kim Gutierrez…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Big Wedding (2013)

A man and a woman are about to get married. It would seem that nothing can interfere with the long-awaited family happiness, but the wedding celebration itself becomes a significant problem. The bride’s relatives are prim and arrogant, while the groom’s relatives are clumsy and lax. So that the happiest day in the life of the newlyweds does not turn out to be hopelessly spoiled, you will have to constantly lie and be hypocritical.

Original title:
The Big Wedding

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Little Miss Happy (2006)

A playful movie about a big family tells the story of a little girl who dreams of winning a beauty contest. Mom, dad, brother and grandfather really want to help the young model outshine the competition and get the coveted crown. That’s just the closest people do not get along with each other, experience severe psychological problems and unsuccessfully struggle with addictions . With such support, even getting to the venue of the competition will be very difficult.

Original title:  
Little Miss Sunshine

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)

A high-ranking Coast Guard officer who recently lost his wife meets his first love , also recently widowed. Past feelings flare up with renewed vigor, causing an indomitable desire to be together. However, on the way to happiness, an unexpected obstacle arises – both turn out to be parents of many children. Tomboys of different ages and different characters do not want to get along under the same roof.

Original title:  
Yours, Mine & Ours

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Sean Faris …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:  
6+


Bald Babysitter: Special Assignment (2005)

A mind-blowing movie about a large family combines the features of a comedy and an action movie . Attackers kidnapped a scientist working for the government . The sons and daughters of the captured researcher left without parental control are assigned to guard a former marine . A brave warrior can easily put any criminal on both shoulder blades, but it will be much more difficult to cope with five kids.

Original title:  
The Pacifier

Genre:  
Action, drama, comedy, family

Actors:  
Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith Ford …

Country:  
Canada, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:  
6+


My Terrible Nanny (dilogue, 2005 and 2010)

Although these funny comedies are designed for family viewing, the humor here is sometimes very dark. A widowed father with many children, who works in a funeral home, cannot find a suitable nanny for a horde of his tomboys – a restless kid drives any babysitter crazy. Only a real sorceress can cope with naughty kids . In the sequel, the nanny has a more difficult task – to find an approach to both urban and rural children.

Original title:  
Nanny McPhee

Genre:  
Fantasy, comedy, family

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

Country:  
USA, UK, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
0+


Hello family! (2005)

In a large American family, it is customary to celebrate Christmas together, so even grown-up offspring come to their father’s house for the holiday. Everyone experiences their own difficulties in life, but everyone is diligently trying to hide problems from others. The eldest son comes to the celebration with the bride, but the successful business woman is not to the liking of her relatives, which makes the pre-holiday atmosphere even more heated.

Original title:  
The Family Stone

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
12+


Cheaper in bulk (dilogue, 2003 and 2005)

A couple in love, having started dating back in school , over the years has acquired a whole team of kids. When a mother of many children goes to another city for a book presentation, the care of the children is entrusted to the father, who has recently received the position of a football coach . In the sequel film, the action takes place in a resort where a meeting between a father and an old acquaintance will turn into a conflict that affects all generations.

Original title:
Cheaper by the Dozen

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:
Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age limit:
12+


The Tenenbaums (2001)

In one American family, only geniuses grew up who achieved phenomenal success in business , art and sports , without even graduating from school. However, the parents did not agree on the characters and decided to divorce. A few decades after the breakup, the comedy hero decides to restore the marriage and, in order to enlist the support of the offspring, pretends to be terminally ill .

Original title:
The Royal Tenenbaums

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


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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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