The best ever kid adult team-ups

What happens when the student and the teacher team up?
You know what we’re talking about here: the fusion of age and experience with youth and enthusiasm. There’s something magical about a movie that has amazing characters bridging the age gap with explosive results, so we’ve compiled this list of the best ever kid adult team-ups!

5. Curly Sue

Curly Sue is a kids film from John Hughes, the guy behind Ferris Bueller, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Uncle Buck and Home Alone. It follows the escapades of Curly Sue and Bill Dancer, a homeless girl and her companion, who survive as con artists. They eventually get drawn into the home of a rich divorce lawyer, at which point they finally get a chance to (maybe) become a proper family. Sue and Bill are both smart, cunning and caring, and watching them bounce off each other is an absolute blast.

4. My Spy

My Spy takes things up a level. Dave Bautista (you know, Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy?) is JJ, a secret agent who can’t stop blowing things up and ruining delicate operations. He ends up at the mercy of Sophie, a nine year old girl. She finds out his identity and makes him a deal: she won’t blow his cover if he teaches her how to be a secret agent. As it turns out, sometimes working with people from a totally different age group can bring out the best in you. These two make a hell of a team. 

3. Karate Kid

This is the film that, no joke, popularized Karate as a martial art form in the USA. The new kid in town, Daniel, is getting bullied.. but soon teams up with mysterious Karate instructor, Mr. Miyagi, to take down the big bully, Johnny. It spawned two sequels and a spinoff series on YouTube, Cobra Kai. Wax on! Wax off! 

2. Little Miss Sunshine

In Little Miss Sunshine, it isn’t just some lone mentor figure who helps a kid turn their life around. It’s an entire family. Sure, they’re all misfits – a failed self-help guru, his exhausted wife, their moody son, their gay suicidal uncle and the heroin-addicted grandfather – but they band together and make it happen. This is genius level film-making.

1. School of Rock

If you haven’t seen School of Rock… what have you been doing with your life? It’s an uplifting, energetic, optimistic and essential piece of movie magic. Jack Black plays a failed musician who weasels his way into a music teaching job at a snooty private school. Can he and his rag-tag group of music students make it big as a band? You’ll have to watch to find out.

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