The number one not-to-be-missed family movie this Christmas has to be Marley & me. Even if they mangle the book-to-film transition, there is just so much warmth and laughter in this story! Not to mention the 20 or so rowdy Labs they had to use to take the place of the single, original Marley. This true story by John Grogan remains in the top five of my all-time favorite reads. Not many books make me cry—this one made me laugh until I cried! Seriously! Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star, so be prepared for crowds. By the way, Grogan has a new book out, a memoir of growing up in Detroit called The longest trip home.
Another bestseller made into a movie, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo, was also a Newbery award winner. Suitable for the little ones, this animated mouse movie may encourage a lot of interest in the author’s numerous other books. You may remember her famous book-to-film, Because of Winn-Dixie.
For an older group of young people (rated PG), Inkheart is a thriller fantasy adventure in which stories read aloud by Meggie’s dad, Mo, become alternate realities. When her dad is kidnapped by an evil villain, Meggie must free him. This opens January 9th and stars Brendan Fraser as Mo. Lots of edge-of-your-seat adventure and tension…fans can read more books in the series.
Also opening Christmas Day is Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler. While it doesn’t have the book pedigree of Inkheart, the storylines resemble each other, except Sandler’s pic is a comedy. The trailers look pretty funny, too, as Sandler’s character navigates gumballs falling from the sky and other kids’ stories come true. Plenty of good clean fun for the whole crowd!