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20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Comedy  

Alan Smithee
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List Rules Vote up the classic comedies appropriate for kids and teens that will teach them to love and respect the genre.

Face it - the older kids get, the less they can subsist on a diet of Disney and Pixar for their comedic needs. Teens and tweens especially grow tired of being shielded from adult realities by cutesy comedies, but you don't want to get kids into comedy with inappropriate material. While a 12-year-old may beg to go see the latest Seth Rogen film, it's probably not the best film for a prepubescent audience. You need to find films with some substance - intelligent comedy films with unique premises that do not rely on explicit material for laughs. Below, you'll find some great comedy movies for beginners. These films will help your kids appreciate the genre and some may even be enriching. 

Sure, R-rated films can be excellent. Bridesmaids and There's Something About Mary are lauded as masterpieces, but aren't great for kids. What are some classic comedy movies kids can watch? There's the bittersweet Mrs. Doubtfire, which undercuts its ridiculous premise with a heartfelt message about divorce. School of Rock can help introduce your kids to both comedy and musical history. Groundhog Day speaks a lot to living a moral life. 

What are the best comedy films to show kids? Vote up your favorites below! 

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Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy
Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
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Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon
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Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
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Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field
Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to ...more

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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
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James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen
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Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham
The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Carmen Electra
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John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau
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Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
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Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin
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Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
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Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis
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Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm
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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
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