20 movies for Gen-X parents to dust off for their kids

Here's a list of classic movies that Gen-X parents will remember, that they can now enjoy with their kids.

9. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Based on the story by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka – the elusive and secretive namesake of a famous candy company – decides to welcome a few lottery winners to his factory. Golden tickets to the factory are hidden in select Wonka chocolate bars, and found by five very different children. Once inside the magical candy factory, the visitors are subjected to lessons about greed, pride, and gluttony among other things, laid out in song by the tangerine-hued, green-haired factory staff known as Oompa-Loompas. In the end, the biggest lesson is that honesty and a pure heart are the sweetest qualities of all.

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