Sleepovers are full of fun, shenanigans, laughs and good times. My kids love to plan a sleepover with their friends, and it is always something to remember. The new family friendly movie from Netflix is no exception. The Sleepover is the perfect mix of comedy and action. It will have you bursting with laughter, and dodging punches from the couch. The Sleepover is a the perfect movie for the whole family to enjoy together!
I love the premise of the movie. A seemingly normal suburban family, just going about their normal life, finds out their mom has a secret. Not only does she have a secret, but it’s a pretty epic one. She is a former SPY! Watch out kids, I bet you wish you’d eaten your veggies and regretting any lie you ever told now. Malin and Ken are a hilarious on screen duo. Throw Joe in the mix and it’s a perfect comedic/action trio.
Behind the Scenes and Fun Filming Facts
- The school scenes were shot in a real school, Hanover High. The real-life principal of the school is a very cool dude named Matt. He was so game, in fact, that he let us put him in the movie as the on-screen principal who’s having a very serious meeting in the opening montage of the film.
- Maxwell did the entire opening dance in the school bathroom in one (very long) take. He actually even helped choreograph the dance!
- The actors learned the ENTIRE fight scenes, rather than relying mostly on doubles. They’re all really good athletes and so physical! Even so, these fight scenes are gnarly and the actors have a few battle scars to show for it; Ken injured his hand karate-chopping the vase at the gala, and Malin chipped a tooth head-butting the guard as she’s escaping from her chair. Don’t worry, they are both OK!
- The booger that Kevin wipes on the wall of the storage unit took some experimentation to get it just right. They ended up using a mixture of chewing gum and rubber cement to get the most realistic looking substance!
- Sadie Stanley actually took cello lessons to prepare for her role as Clancy.
- Malin actually speaks fluent French. In the scene where they escape from their chairs, it’s scripted that she whispers something to Leo in French first. To this day even the director has no idea what she says or what it means — she just made it up on the spot!
- The subway station scene was shot in a little-known training center underground in Boston. The MTA– and many other agencies around the country– use it to train and prepare for crazy situations like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, etc. It looks EXACTLY like a real station and the trains are actually real, but it’s in a mysterious, unmarked bunker that you can only access from a single unassuming door on a quiet street in Boston.
- As is often the case with movie dogs, there were two dogs that played Angus, in case one wasn’t in the mood to hit his marks. That’s not terribly unusual, of course, but the irony is that the OLDER dog often played the young Angus and the YOUNGER dog often played the older Angus. It was just how their behaviors suited the various scenes.
Fun and Games
Download and print these fun games for your next sleepover!