Netflix in February: Here are the best new family movies and shows to stream

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Netflix in February: Here are the best new family movies and shows to stream

"Hairspray," "Pretty in Pink," "Free Rein: Valentine's Day," and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" are among the new February movies for kids and families.

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Sonja Haller, USA TODAY Published 6:00 a.m. ET Feb. 1, 2019

Try to always use reason not rage. Avoid fighting fire with fire. Be in control of your feelings and your actions so that your children can learn to be in control of theirs.

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Here's what's coming to Netflix in February USA TODAY

With "Billy Elliot" and "Hairspray," Netflix has two movies in February about kids pursuing their dreams against cultural norms.

Families also have "Pretty in Pink," about teens longing for love when all their friends are against them.

The streaming service also has offerings in honor of the February's two major observances. Black History Month is celebrated with "Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History," which explores the lives of unsung heroes such as arctic explorer Matthew Henson and astronaut Mae Jemison. For Valentine's Day, look for "Free Rein: Valentine's Day" and "True: Happy Hearts Day."

Here's a look at the best family programming for February. (See the full listing of February Netflix offerings here, including what parents will want to watch when the kids are in bed.)

Feb. 1

About a Boy

An endearing, bullied tween attaches himself to a rich, man-boy (Hugh Grant) and teaches him to act like a grown-up in this comedy-drama. Rated: PG-13.

Billy Elliot

A coal miner's son is spotted by a tart-tongued, ballet teacher for his raw dance talent. He has a shot at making it into the prestigious ballet school if his dad and older brother allow it. Rated: R, mostly for strong language and references to homosexuality .

Free Rein: Valentine's Day (Netflix original)

Zoe and the gang find their friendship tested as they realize they're not the only ones searching for the elusive Maid's Stone. Rated: TV-G.


Plump Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on Baltimore's "Corny Collins Show." While dancing her way into the heart of one dancer, she also manages to integrate the 1962 show. An all-star cast includes John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden and Zac Efron. Rated: PG .

Savor the moments. Yes, parenthood is the most exhausting job on the planet. Yes, your house is a mess, the laundry's piled up, and the dog needs to be walked. But your kid just laughed. Enjoy it now - it will be over far too fast.

Pretty in Pink

A poor girl (Molly Ringwald) falls hard and fast for the rich, popular boy from her school in this John Hughes classic. Seems like this is true love forever, but crossing the social boundaries is not easy in the '80s, especially if their friends have anything to say about it. Rated: PG-13 .

True: Happy Hearts Day (Netflix original)

True and friends share their Happy Hearts on this special day in the Rainbow Kingdom until Glummy Glooma turns everything blue. Rated: TV-Y.

Feb. 3

Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Chloe (Drew Barrymore), a rich Beverly Hills Chihuahua, gets lost during a Mexico vacation. She turns to some scrappy dogs to find her way home. Rated: PG.

Feb. 8

Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History (Netflix original)

Kevin Hart plays himself in this educational comedic special featuring reenactments of the accomplishments and contributions of lesser known individuals in Black history. For families.

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2 (Netflix series)

George and Harold must get good grades if they want to go to summer camp. But with a cyborg Melvin running the school, it's proving difficult. Rated: TV-Y7.

The Dragon Prince: Season 2 (Netflix series)

Claudia and Soren are determined to stop Rayla and the princes as they race toward Xadia with their precious cargo. Rated: TV-Y7-FV.

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix series)

After their father dies, a disbanded group of superhero siblings who were trained to save the world reunite. They uncover shocking family secrets and a threat to humanity. Rated: Unavailable.

Feb. 22

The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Sixteen families work to impress new judges Angellica Bell and Tommy Banks with their cooking skills. Rated: Unavailable.

Abide by the three rules of homework. Number one: "Eat the frog," says Ted Theodorou, a middle-school social studies teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. That's shorthand for "Do the hardest thing first." Rule number two: Put away the phone. Homework time can't be totally tech-free (computers, alas, are often a necessary evil), but it can at least be free of text messages. Rule number three: As soon as assignments are finished, load up the backpack for tomorrow and place it by the door. This is a clear three-step process that kids can internalize, so there's less nagging from you. (Yes!)

Feb. 25

Dolphin Tale 2

The team that saved Winter's life must find a companion for the dolphin or risk losing her to another aquarium. Rated: PG.

Last call for...

Leaving Feb. 1

Disney's The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Ella Enchanted

Leaving Feb. 3


Leaving Feb. 19

Disney's Girl Meets World: Seasons 1-3

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