10 Things to Watch with Your Family on Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, and Hulu This March
It's not quiiiiiiiiite Spring out there yet — good excuse to curl up under a blanket with some popcorn and stream these family-pleasing movies and shows.
Graham Steinberg · about 2 months ago
1. “Moxie” (Netflix)
In this perfect kickoff for Women's History Month, Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation directs a group of teens who are ready to rise up against the patriarchy at their high school and change their lives. Keep in mind that this one is PG-13, so may not be the right fit for the youngest feminists in the family.
2. “Hilda” (Netflix)
I instantly fell in love with the pastel, pseudo-Swedish world of Hilda from the imagination of cartoonist Luke Pearson. This really might be the perfect cartoon for youngsters, featuring beautifully-designed creatures and fun lessons on everything from parliamentary government to adjusting to life in a new city. Check out the first two seasons now before the movie release later this year.
3. “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Disney+)
As always, Disney's your go-to for the biggest and best animated features. Raya and the Last Dragon takes place in the fictional Southeast Asian country of Kumandra and is a fantastical tale of women warriors and the importance of trusting one another. Created by a dream team of veteran animator Don Hall and director Carlos Lopez Estrada (whose debut Blindspotting is a great watch for the parents) and starring Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina, this is a must-watch for the month.
4. “Night at the Museum” (Hulu)
If you’re a New Yorker, chances are some of your favorite childhood memories were made at the American Museum of Natural History. You’ve also probably already seen Ben Stiller’s comedy classic Night at the Museum. But trust me, this one is worthy of a rewatch with the whole family.
5. “Waffles + Mochi” (Netflix)
I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled by the idea of having the amazing Michelle Obama tell me what to eat. This new series aims to teach kids about healthy food from all over the world and continues the Let’s Move campaign started by the First Lady during her time in the White House.
6. “Young Frankenstein” (Hulu)
I once met Gene Wilder in a deli line. That has nothing to do with the film, I just wanted to brag about it for a second. Anyway! I will follow Mel Brooks to the ends of the Earth and Young Frankenstein is a clear indication of why. Good old slapstick fun and witty one-liners make this worthy of a reintroduction to the next generation.
7. “Moonrise Kingdom” (Amazon Prime)
Take an adventure into the imaginative world of Wes Anderson, where everything is framed symmetrically and people only talk with the driest wit. I love absolutely every movie this man creates and Moonrise Kingdom is among the best introductions for kids to his joy-filled cinematic universe (you can also catch Anderson's amazing Isle of Dogs on Disney + right now).
8. “Philomena” (Amazon Prime)
Hands up if you think Judi Dench may just be one of the most delightful people on the planet. (Giant continent full of upraised waving hands, noted.) Her chemistry with the hilarious Steve Coogan in Philomena makes for a very funny, heartwarming road trip movie about the lengths we'll go to develop familial connections, even after 50 years. It’s PG-13 so may want to wait to share with the youngest in the family.
9. “Young Rock” (Hulu)
Did you ever watch The Fast & The Furious or Skyscraper and think to yourself, “I wonder how Dwayne Johnson bought his first car?” Well, now you know. I was surprised by how funny Young Rock is and by how interesting the story of Rock’s humble beginnings turned out to be. Bonus: Lots of appearances from some of your favorite wrestlers of the 80s! Oh, and the whole series is told retrospectively from 2032, when Dwayne Johnson is running for President, so there’s that.
10. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix)
This breakout series shifts to Netflix for its third season and still packs a punch (or a crane kick). After Miguel’s accident at the end of season 2 and the return of John Kreese, Johnny and Daniel go through several trials on their quest for redemption. They are forced to overcome their differences and begin to work together. There's great chemistry between the two and loads of fun action sequences to boot.