The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will be spending time with friends and family members from across the generations. But how do we keep the kids – and the grownups – from disappearing into their phones and games?  Follow the Watercooler’s guide to the movies and TV shows that will bring everyone together … and bring back the bonding.

Watch with THE Kids

The Adam Project

The Adam Project is one of those movies you go into imagining big explosions and kids hilariously making life-or-death decisions (like Zathura, for example). And, to be sure it throws everything it has at the wall and then some: time-travel jiu jitsu soldiers, a stacked all-star cast, and lots of heart. 

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Star Trek: Prodigy

The values of Star Trek, and then some: unity, diversity, individuality, optimism, idealism and hope. What more could you ask for? How about the return of Captain Janeway? Yeah, it’s got that too.

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Cruella

A gorgeous, jaw-dropping, fashion-and-punk-rock filled ride, Cruella is Disney’s nod to the parents and grandparents who grew up with the 101 Dalmations. More of an original than an origin story, it’s perfect for the whole family, tweens and up.

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Infinity Train

A thoughtful PG series full of imaginative designs and compelling, layered characters, Infinity Train finds the sweet spot between deeper philosophical themes and lighter, more whimsical fare.

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Watch with THE Folks

Muhammad Ali

There’s no better focal point to examine the turbulent racial, religious, cultural, and political currents that shook America throughout the 1960s and 70s than Ken Burns’ Muhammad Ali. As proud in defeat as he was in victory, Ali transcended the narrow theater of sport to become, for a time, the most famous man alive.

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Red Notice

You go for The Rock’s charismatic winks and buff poise, but you stay watching Red Notice for Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool as an art thief. Add in a pinch of Indiana Jones action and Wonder Woman-turned-villainous, and we have a surprising hit on our hands.

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Schmigadoon!

While attending a couples counseling retreat, a pair on the brink of breaking up step into a throwback land straight out of a musical in this clever, funny, and disarming escape watch.  

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Moonstruck

Warm and comforting, Moonstruck feels like spending time with people you love. It does exactly what you want a movie like this to do, which is to warm your heart, make you laugh, and feel a little wistful. It’s perfect.

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Ted Lasso

Earning the most Emmy nominations for a freshman comedy, Ted Lasso delivered the role model we didn’t know we needed, and proved that upbeat comedy can win over critics, academy voters, and fans across the generations and political divides.

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