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Recommendations for movies and series

1. Knives Out (2019)

Knives out is a murder mystery around the murder of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), a wealthy old man. After a big family gathering, he was found dead in his room with his throat slit. Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) geta assigned to solve the case. The whole family and Harlan’s nurse Marta (Ana de Armas) are suspects. The movie is available on Amazon Prime.

I really enjoyed Knives Out because it was a great mixture between mystery and comedy. I also liked that the case was solved at the end of the movie and not before, but it was still exciting throughout the whole film.

Age rating: 12

1. The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)

The Vampire Diaries is all about 17-year old Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev). Her parents died in a car accident and she is now living with her aunt Jenna. When the new school year starts, she meets Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and his brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). She quickly falls in love with Stefan but what she doesn’t know, is that they are both vampires that are over 100 years old.

All 8 seasons are available on Netflix.

The Vampire Diaries is one of my favourite series, because it has a lot of plot twists and and it’s a good mix between mystery, fantasy and romance. I prefer the first four season to the other seasons but still the whole show is very enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

Age rating: 15

1. Modern Family (2009-2020)

Modern Family is a sitcom around the life of three different but related families, which shows day-to-day experiences and struggles in a funny way. The characters often get into unfortunate situations where they need their family‘s help. It resembles a reality TV show in the way it’s made. Seasons 1 to 9 are available on Disney+ and all seasons are on Amazon Prime.

I think this is a really good series to watch together with your family. It lightens the mood and is enjoyable for all ages. There are hardly any episodes that don’t make you laugh.

Age rating: 12

1. Around the world in 80 days (2021)

Around the world in 80 days is set in 1872 and tells the story of Phileas Fogg (David Tennant), who makes a £20,000 bet that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. Together with his servant Passepartout and the journalist Abigail Fix, he sets off on the journey to win his bet. Along their way they need to overcome many obstacles and try to stay alive. Will they make it in time?

The 8-part series is available on BBC iPlayer.

I think this is another good series to watch together with your family. It’s exciting, as you don’t know whether they are going to make it until the very end of the series. The cliffhangers at the end of each episode make you want to keep watching and it’s nice to see the characters grow together as close friends. Although it can be a bit slow moving at times, I would recommend watching it.

Age rating: PG (Parental Guidance)

1. Legally Blonde (2001)

After being dumped by her boyfriend for being “too dumb”, Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) tries to get into Harvard Law School to win him back. Surprisingly, she gets accepted, but Harvard is not how she imagined it to be. She needs to prove herself, to all the other students by working harder and showing her potential. Does she manage to become a lawyer and win her boyfriend back?

The movie is available on Netflix.

Legally Blonde is a fun and enjoyable comedy with great acting. I would rather recommend this movie for girls, but I’m sure boys could also find it entertaining.

Age rating: 12

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