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PG-13 Movies You Have To Watch Before Your Kid Is 13

Watching some movies together is a lovely way to spend your family time. Catching a PG-13 movie with your munchkin is one of the best ways to bond with them. Indeed, the age rating is a caution for parents that some scenes may be inappropriate for children under 13. However, the same scenes also open up the gateway for meaningful conversations kids gain from once they enter their teens.

While you shouldn’t let your children watch PG-13 films alone, you can sit with them with a bucket of popcorn to enjoy some wholesome bonding time. Here are some PG-13 movies you can enjoy with your kids, even if they are yet to turn 13.

1. 13 Going on 30

A 13-year-old girl, Jenna Rink, makes an unusual wish on her birthday. Miraculously, her wish comes true, and she wakes up the next day as a 30-year-old woman living in 2004 as a magazine editor. How she undoes everything and tackles the big bad world makes this PG-13 movie fun to watch with your kiddos.

2. Dirty Dancing

This romantic drama dance film is an evergreen PG-13 movie you must watch with your kid. The story is about Frances, smitten by a rebellious dance instructor, while holidaying with her parents at a resort. However, things don’t go as smoothly as expected, as her father opposes the relationship.

3. Now and Then

This PG-13 movie follows four 12-year-olds who grew up together in a small town in the 1970s. Years later, these childhood friends gather together for the birth of one of their friends’ babies. While together, they walk down memory lane and wonder how their past selves have grown into the women they are today.

4. Adventures in Babysitting

It is a 1987 American teen comedy film about Chris, a reluctant teenage babysitter. When she gets a call from her distressed friend in Chicago, she decides to help her friend, unaware of the comical adventures awaiting them in the metropolis. The PG-13 movie has some violence and content that can be deemed inappropriate for children, but it can still be watched with your 13-year-old. If not the classic, you can watch the Disney version of the same starring Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson.

5. The Addams Family

Based on the television show and comics, this PG-13 movie focuses on a bizarre, aristocratic family who is the target of con artists who are trying to loot the family of their fortune. Your kiddo might have watched the new version, but nothing can beat the classic, making it a must-watch with your tween.

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Your tween might resonate with Ferris Bueller, a high school student who fakes sickness to stay at home. However, instead of spending his time at home, he spends the rest of the day with his best friend and girlfriend, roaming the city in a car. Meanwhile, his dean tries to spy on him to find the truth. This PG-13 movie will be a fun watch for your kids.

7. Drumline

“Drumline” is the story of a young drummer from New York who enrolls in a Southern university hoping to lead its marching band’s drumline to victory. However, he soon realizes that reaching the goal will not be easy.

8. The Fault in Our Stars

This PG-13 movie will make you and your kid bawl, so keep the tissue box ready. The film tells the story of teenager Hazel Grace, whose life changes when she meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group. The two quickly become friends and embark on a life-changing journey that brings them closer than before.

9. Bring It On

This PG-13 movie is about trust, betrayal, and high school drama, which your kids might love to watch (keep that popcorn bucket ready). The film revolves around Torrance, the skipper of her San Diego-based high school’s cheerleading squad. She is taken aback after realizing that her team’s ex-captain plagiarized their best routines from another team.

10. Pitch Perfect 

Another high-school musical drama that is a favorite among kids and adults alike, this PG-13 movie revolves around Beca, a college fresher who reluctantly joins an all-girls acapella group. How they take on a male acapella group in a competition makes the film uber-thrilling to watch.

So, which of these PG-13 movies will you watch with your kids? We suggest starting with the classics and moving on to the new ones. Once you are done watching all the films, let us know which one was your kid’s favorite in the comment section below.

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