I love movies, and as a child of the nineties, it has been a lot of fun to find movies from my childhood to watch with my kids.
As our kids have grown older, Fr. John and I have had a lot of fun watching movies with them that we enjoyed as kids. Here (in no particular order) is a list of ten we’ve enjoyed.
Okay, this may be in no particular order, but this movie is the greatest. When I was 16, I went to visit a friend in California, and we were sitting on the beach around a bonfire one night with a bunch of other people. One person quoted this movie, and then somehow we ended up all going around and saying lines. I’m pretty sure we quoted 90% of it. My kids are fans.
I think the funniest part about watching this with my kids was in the beginning when Amy is on the phone and gets tangled up in the phone cord. My children have no concept of a corded phone, or the troubles that came with it, and we had to pause to explain what was happening.
I loved this movie as a kid. Living in a treehouse and riding wild animals? I’ll take it.
This is the most recent one we’ve brought home. My only complaint is that there’s some language. Other than that, it’s so much fun. “Sanka! You dead?” “Yeah, man.”
Another classic for this 90s kid. Again, there’s a bit of language, and I forgot how nasty Kevin is to his Mom in the beginning. That part called for a quick pause and an explanation of how that is not appropriate behavior. Also, the tarantula. Bletch. All that being said, Kevin’s hijinks are still hilarious, even 20 years later.
I love Anne of Green Gables. I love it so much that, despite the fact that my daughter’s middle name is after her grandmother MaryAnn, I spelled it A-n-n-e, because “Anne with an e is quite distinguished.” (Fun fact, my husband didn’t know that was the reason for two years, and rolled his eyes extensively when he found out.)
A few years ago, I received one of the phone calls every mother dreads. It was the school principal, calling to let me know that there was lice in one of my kid’s classes. Fast forward two hours, and I was at the grocery store, buying lice demolishing gear, as ALL THREE OF MY GIRLS had lice (insert wailing and gnashing of teeth here). Long story short, I spent hours and hours and hours nitpicking, and this is the movie we watched. A horrible afternoon made better by watching Anne dye her hair green and bash Gilbert Blythe over the head with a slate.
This is another family favorite, because cute talking animals + adventures = fun at my house. The kids giggled their way through this adventure, stopping only to have a hysteria attack when they thought the cat had drowned. Spoiler alert: she’s fine, and so are my kids. We rented a van once for a road trip, and it came with a DVD player. This is one of the movies we took, simply because I knew it had to be something Fr. John and I could stand to listen to from the front seat. We were not disappointed, and chuckled along with the kiddos, even though we couldn’t see it.
The Neverending Story is more a part of my husband’s childhood than mine, but I had seen it once or twice and it was fun to introduce it to the family. I will admit to mocking parts of it mercilessly later, as it is a bit cheesy, but what movie from the early 80s wasn’t?
You’ll shoot your eye out…you’ll shoot your eye out…
My kids were iffy about this when I first suggested it, but I promised if they watched long enough, they would see everyone fall out of a boat into a lake. Sold. Now, after watching it approximately a thousand times, they love it for a miriad of other reasons, the wedding scene in particular.
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