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As we ring in 2010, the staff at Parent Previews takes a look back at the movies released during 2009. If you are searching for some family friendly films, check out this list of our favorites…

 

“Here is our list of the best family movies of 2009”

Marrying fantastical premises with charming, believable characters, this aerostat adventure is a definite thumbs Up experience for everyone from older children to senior citizens. Definitely Parent Previews pick for best movie of 2009.

Probably more appealing to the girls in your home, Hannah Montana -- The Movie delivers a fun package of songs and positive messages (along with surprisingly good performances) that is nearly devoid of objectionable content.

The Blind Side delivers as a strong reminder to look around and see those we might be passing by on the side of the road.

Rising far above expectations, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs serves up appropriate humor and great messages about getting too much of a good thing. It also comes with a side dish of learning to develop and embrace your best talents.

Confessions of a Shopaholic offers a plentitude of thought provoking insights into the current credit crisis and the reality of shopping addictions. Yet it manages to do so in a manner that is both entertaining and encouraging. As well, it should be appealing (and hopefully enlightening) to teens.

With more depth than the average adolescent flick, Bandslam acknowledges difficult teen issues and gives credibility to the students who deal with the challenges of growing up.

While it may be a little slow for some, The Young Victoria offers an historical story enveloped in a wonderful romance, which shows how a marriage can work to better both individuals.

Although violence may be a concern for parents of younger children, Star Trek is a solid action film suitable for most teens that includes powerful messages about teamwork and friendship.

If Star Trek is too intense for your “tweens”, you may want to give Astro Boy a try. This animated movie offers action adventure with messages about taking control of your own life and making good decisions. And it looks great!

It’s tough to locate a teen action adventure movie that doesn’t include language and sexual content. Race to Witch Mountain is a rare find, offering pure popcorn fun and few concerns for parents.

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