I am childfree this week (it's sleep-away camp time), but that doesn't mean I don't have recommendations for what you and your kids should see during family movie time. Without the kids around to help pick the movies, I've selected three titles I think adults will enjoy as much as kids (that means no CGI-live action hybrids, no offense to "Smurfs" or "Alvin and the Chipmunks" fans).
By the way, have you streamed a great family movie lately on Netflix, Hulu, or iTunes? Let us know in the comments, and we'll consider it for future editions of "Streaming Family Movies."
Rated G Pick: "Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales" (2010, 36 minutes)
Kids Will Love: Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) has always been the more sweet and approachable underdog to Lightning McQueen's shiny champion and kids especially love him. Even the youngest preschooler will enjoy the various tall tales, which show just how versatile and heroic Mater is, even if he doesn't realize it.
Parents Will Love: For three seasons, "Cars" sidekick Tow Mater was the star of his own TV show called "Mater's Tall Tales," so the folks at Pixar compiled the best of the shorts and voila, here's nine funny little videos about all the jobs Mater has enjoyed -- from wrestler to matador to astronaut.
Did You Know? Although Larry the Cable Guy reprises his role as the voice of Tow Mater, Owen Wilson is NOT the voice of Lightning McQueen. Instead veteran voice actor Keith Ferguson ("Gravity Falls," "Robot Chicken") takes over as the sarcastic red racecar.
Rated PG Pick: "Antz" (1998, 83 minutes)
Kids Will Love: Kids love bugs and movies about talking animals, and they'll definitely enjoy this ant-filled action adventure. They probably won't get that some of the ants look like their voice actors, but they'll still crack up as nervous Z (Woody Allen) tries to impress Princess Bala (Sharon Stone).
Parents Will Love: Woody Allen as an ant? How can you resist moviedom's most famous neurotic channeling all of that hilarious nervous energy into a worker ant who falls in love with a royal ant way above his station? Set in New York (as you'd expect from an Allen role), "Antz" features an all-star cast and a whole lot of grown-up jokes that will easily go over the kids' heads (we think).
Did You Know?: The first animated film to merit a PG rating, "Antz" marks the reunion of Sylvester Stallone and Woody Allen, who were first in a movie together in Allen's 1971 comedy "Bananas." Stallone's role was uncredited, but it still counts!
Teen Pick: "13 Going on 30"(PG-13, 2004, 97 minutes)
Teens Will Love: What 13-year-old hasn't wished they were more popular or that they could fast forward and become a successful adult? A magical time-traveling comedy a la "Big," "13 Going on 30" is full of age-based jokes and shows that being a popular "mean girl" isn't as fun as it looks.
Parents Will Love: This movie is like a cautionary tale for teens, particularly girls, to value friendships over popularity. Jenna at 30 is rich and beautiful, but she's definitely not happy. Jennifer Garner is brilliant as Jenna, who realizes that status isn't worth alienating the people who love you. Plus, the plot's a great discussion launcher.
Did You Know? The child actor who played young Jenna is Christa B. Allen, best known for co-starring in the primetime soap "Revenge." She's portrayed the younger version of Jennifer Garner twice: in "13 Going on 30" and again five years later in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past."