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Must-Watch Family-Friendly Films Set in Paris

October 24, 2021
Paris has had a ton of monikers over the years. The 'City of Lights' and the 'City of Love' are just two of the main popular examples. There's no helping it considering that the French capital truly is an extraordinary place. It's a great place for travelers, historians, lovers, fashionistas, scholars, and more. This also includes families too. It may not seem like it, but Paris is still a family-friendly city overall, so much so that Hollywood has made countless movies to prove it. Here are a few good examples that you might want to watch with the entire family.

Must-Watch Family-Friendly Films Set in Paris


An American in Paris (1951)

There are a ton of reasons why the 1951 classic, 'An American in Paris,' won the Academy Award for Best Picture the following year. There's the great Gene Kelly, who danced his way to people's hearts during some of the movie's most iconic sequences. There's the mix of live-action and animation, one of the first movies to do so. And, of course, there's the beautiful love story set in the city of Paris. Beyond the fancy footwork and the elaborate numbers, this beautiful romantic musical comedy between an AmericanWorld War II veteran-turned-painter (Gene Kelly) and his neighbor's girlfriend, Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron), set in the “City of Love” remains a classic the whole family can enjoy!
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


The Aristocats (1970)

As far as Disney classics are concerned, the most Parisian of them all is definitely the 1970 favorite, 'The Aristocats.' The story of a feline family scurrying their way through the bustling French capital to return to their aristocratic home is all kinds of fun and enchanting. The adorable little kittens, their sophisticated mother, and the street cats who groove to the beat of their own drums all teach a lesson about family, friendship, and the importance of staying together. Of course, the adorable fluff is a major plus too! After watching the film, you'll sooner want to go to the nearest animal cafe and play with the kitties there!
Source: The Disney • Pixar Animation Compendia YouTube Channel


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Although 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' was part of the late 90s Disney Renaissance, it's actually among the darker animated films the famous studio company has put out. Based on Victor Hugo's classic French novel, the movie tells the story of Quasimodo, the titular hunchback who's lived his whole life in the bell tower of the iconic Parisian church. Although he's shy and considered himself a monster, he slowly discovers the wonders of the outside world through the help of Esmeralda, a beautiful gypsy dancer. Through her help, Quasimodo starts to see whether he can have a place in the world beyond the bells of Notre Dame.
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


Madeline (1998)

'We love our bread. We love our butter. But most of all, we love each other.' Anyone who grew up between the 1980s to the early 2000s would know where this adorable little prayer came from. But even those who didn't watch the animated series would probably know about the 1998 live-action movie adaptation, 'Madeline.' Here, Hollywood brought Madeline's charming Paris to life on screen, complete with the 'old house covered in vines, the city’s iconic landmarks, and even a few underrated spots.' In this charming family-friendly comedy. Madeline, alongside her schoolmates and naughty next-door neighbor, Pepito, as well as their beloved teacher, Madame Clavel (Frances McDormand), goes on a Parisian adventure she (and the audience) won't soon forget!
Source: isurukill YouTube Channel


Passport to Paris (1999)

Trust early 200s tween queens, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to even the city of Paris their own cinematic playground. In the 1999 teen comedy, 'Passport to Paris,' the famous twins star as Melanie and Allyson Porter, a pair of boy-crazy twins who go to the French capital for their spring break. Although they were supposed to spend time with their estranged grandfather who lives there (but is too busy to see them), the twins get into all sorts of trouble with, of course, a couple of cute French boys. While 'Passport to Paris' is still a family-friendly movie overall, its young adult themes make it more fitting for the older kids than the tiny tots.
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


Ratatouille (2007)

When it comes to animated movies, Disney is an expert on making your dream. And it's not just dreaming about fairytales and future goals, but also about traveling to different parts of the world. Take their 2007 film, 'Ratatouille,' for instance. Although most of the movie focuses on Remy, a rat obsessed with cooking, and his nervous wreck of a chef, Alfredo Linguini, you can't help but be drawn into the Parisian culinary culture. So much so that you'll want to visit the Paris restaurant they set up at the end even though it doesn't actually exist. Well, if Disney taught you anything, it's to dream for the impossible, right?
Source: Movieclips Classic Trailers YouTube Channel


A Monster in Paris (2011)

The Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre, and a Parisian cabaret. There are a lot of Parisian hotspots to see in the 2011 French animated film, 'A Monster in Paris.' So much so, you can't help but be impressed at how the animators made the entire film setting feel like it's the actual French capital. And, as you might expect, the plot is a love story between Lucille, a cabaret singer, and Raoul, an exuberant inventor. As the two face multiple challenges to reach their dreams and stay in love, you get to see many of Paris' iconic attractions in cartoon style.
Source: Madman Films YouTube Channel


Hugo (2011)

Trust Martin Scorsese to turn even the city of Paris into quite the cinematic setting. In his heart-wrenching 2011 adventure film, 'Hugo,' Paris in the 1910s comes to life through the eyes of Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) an orphaned 13-year-old whose late father was a clockmaker. Before he passed, Hugo's father was working on a clock in Montparnasse, an assignment that the young Hugo himself plans to take over despite his miserable situation. But in order to accomplish his task, he has to find a heart-shaped key that even his own father failed to find. It's at this point where his Parisian adventure starts.
Source: Paramount Pictures YouTube Channel

Although Paris may seem like it's only about hot romance and mysterious intrigue, there are still many films out there that see the family-friendly side of the city. These memorable films are just some that prove just how fun and happy of a place the French capital can be.

Wouldn't it be great if you and your family can stream any of these in your Paris luxury home?




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