hulu continues to be one of the premier streaming services and adds plenty of new content alongside its library of classic titles as well. The 90s are now more than 20 years in the past, but that decade was home to some of the most wholesome and beloved movies of all time.
Those looking to watch something on Hulu that ultimately focuses on the good of humanity have a solid collection to choose from. The 90s saw comedians like Adam Sandler and Robin Williams shine, but it was also home to heartfelt coming-of-age stories that showcased what it felt like to be a kid growing out of their childhood.
8 Billy Madison
now, Billy Madison may have some crude humor but Adam Sandler nails this performance as a young adult just trying to make his way through life. The movie is about a guy named Billy Madison who must complete all 12 grades of school to take over his father’s company. Billy is introduced as a snotty spoiled brat, but throughout the movie he displays his true character, helping kids he meets along his journey and helping them overcome obstacles in their way. Sandler is a comedian known for a specific type of humor, and for those it clicks with, Billy Madison is a no-brainer of a watch on Hulu.
7 Tommy Boy
Having a list of wholesome 90s movies wouldn’t feel right without the inclusion of the late Chris Farley. The late comedian starred in two beloved 90s comedies alongside David Spade, those being Black Sheep and Tommy Boy. The latter is the more popular and referenced of the two.
Tommy Boy is about a guy who simply wants to run the company his late father worked so hard to put on the map. This buddy comedy has Farley and Spade take on a cross-country road trip where the two get into numerous situations ripe with comedy.
6 The Flintstones
The idea of a live action movie based on The Flintstones starring Rosie O’Donnell and John Goodman sounds like a direct-to-DVD release. Upon its theatrical release it did not score well with critics, but audiences on the other hand enjoyed it.
It’s a family movie that explores the whacky reality of the real-life implications of what the cartoon suggests the life of the Flintstones was like on a daily basis. Other members of the cast include catwoman‘s Halle Berry and Rick Moranis, most known for his roles in space balls and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise.
The late comedian Robin Williams had dozens of movie roles that most audiences consider iconic, but hook lands near the top despite it being a box office disappointment. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Hook is a retelling of the classic Peter Pan tale wherein the spunky boy is now an older man working as a lawyer in the real world.
Audiences fell in love with both the heart of the performances and the variety of characters that felt authentic to the story that was being told. Add in a score by John Williams and hook is a family film that has withstood the test of time and is a must-watch Robin Williams classic.
4 Muppets From Space
When looking for wholesome movies it’s always a safe bet to look for something starring the beloved Muppets. In 1999 the Muppets franchise decided to try its hand at science fiction by way of a comedy feature-length movie called Muppets from Space. Gonzo drives the story as the main character as he’s focused on trying to figure out what he is exactly and because of this he is focused on contacting aliens in hopes of getting answers.
On the surface, the movie functions as a source of entertainment for children, but it is a story about personal identity and wanting to feel like a part of a greater community, something humans of all ages struggle with to some extent.
Most kids born in the late 80s and early 90s likely remember the movie Matilda quite fondly. It stars Mara Wilson as the titular character, a gifted young girl who can move things with her mind. With these powers, she’s able to navigate a life in which she’s surrounded by some questionable adults.
Danny DeVito plays the role of her father, but as most people don’t realize, he also served as the director of the project. Matilda is based on a book of the same name by author Roald Dahl, known for other books such as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
2 The Little Rascals
The Little Rascals, released in 1994, follows the adventures of young adolescent boys as they try and rebuild their clubhouse. Beloved for its unique cast of characters, it mainly focuses on two boys named Spanky and Alfalfa. The first is the leader of his boys-only club and is worried that his best friend Alfalfa is choosing a girl over their friendship. Alfalfa on the other hand is simply a young boy who’s developed a crush on a girl named Darla.
Chaos ensues as each boy and their group of friends tries to do what they believe to be the right thing. It’s hard to find a movie on Hulu as wholesome as this one.
1 The Sandlot
Regarded by many as possibly the best sports movie of all time, 1993’s The Sandlot focuses on a local group of kids coming-of-age in the 1960s. At the core of it all is a love of baseball that connects kids with different personalities and backgrounds. It’s full of quotes that have been repeated decades after the movie’s original release.
James Earl Jones stars as the owner of a large dog who happens to patrol a yard close to where the kids play their pickup baseball games. The climax of the story revolves around a valuable baseball landing in the yard and the kids forming a plan to get it back while avoiding the terrifying legendary dog that sits behind the fence.
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