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These Beloved Kids Movies Are Guaranteed To Make You Smile

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    Sometimes, when the weight of the world is on your shoulders, you just need a break. You could head to the local multiplex to check out the latest blockbuster, but is watching Leonardo DiCaprio get mauled by a bear really the break from reality you so desire?

    Instead, think back to a simpler time. A time when you didn’t need to pay rent or think about things like income taxes. Because seriously, screw taxes, am I right?

    We’re talking, of course, about your childhood. It was a time of whimsy and magic, creativity and possibility. A time when movies transported you to new worlds, and you willingly let them. It was easy to suspend disbelief and travel to Ariel’s cavern of treasure under the sea, or watch Matilda Wormwood get the best of Miss Trunchbull using her telekinetic powers.

    We highly recommend watching one of these flicks whenever you need to take a brief respite to a happier, less complicated time. It’s the circle of life, really. They continue move us all, no matter what your age.

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    Like Mike (2002)
    You watched it because basketball is your favorite sport, but you loved it because stories about blended families melt everyone's heart.

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    Holes (2003)
    Young Shia LaBeouf spends a summer at a detention camp looking for treasure and trying to undo a centuries-old curse put on his family by Madame Zeroni (aka Eartha Kitt). The star-studded cast is still just a good as you remember: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, and Dulé Hill.

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    Stuart Little (1999)
    A mouse makes a home with his human family. (Disclaimer: The prospect of a mouse brother was much more appealing before you grew up and moved to a big city where rats scamper around the streets at night.)

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    The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    You could wile away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers, or you could watch The Wizard Oz. It’s never a bad time to revisit Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her pals, and remember there’s no place like home.

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    Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    A man (Edmund Gwenn) claims to be Santa Claus, so a lawyer (John Payne) and a young girl (Natalie Wood) step up to his defense.