If you’re feeling nostalgic, here’s a list of great childhood movies for you to watch over (and over) again.
Everything is relative: in life, and in movie-watching. I recently had a conversation at the family dinner table about favourite movies. Each generation had their own favourites. Here are mine, the ones I think everyone, regardless of age, should see more than once.
I know. Could be cliché, but it’s not. Bambi was The Lion King before The Lion King, but with deer (and bunnies and skunks).Thumper is the movie’s Confucius, imparting wisdom and good manners, often with his mother’s prompting. Thumper’s most famous saying, “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say nuthin at all” would make the world a better place if everyone practiced this philosophy. Bambi is simply a lovely family movie with humour, tragedy , many great life lessons and the word of the day: twitterpated. Other movies to see: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Inside Out.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Recently Ferris Bueller’s Day Off celebrated its 30-year anniversary and celebrated by recreating the parade scene through the streets of Chicago. A smart student outwitting adults will never get old. Plus, it’s a laugh out loud comedy that is unbelievably believable. The premise of the movie is Ferris trying to pull off his ninth sick day of the semester. Look for a Charlie Sheen cameo. Wasn’t Sloane a great name for a girl? Trust me, after seeing Jennifer Grey as Ferris’ sister Jeanie, you will yearn to watch Dirty Dancing again, and that will make you want to watch more Patrick Swayze in Road House.
It’s a timeless, far-fetched story of child left home alone while his family goes to Paris for a Christmas vacation. Kevin, after initially behaving like any child would without supervision (think pizza, and jumping on the bed), discovers burglars are trying to break into his home. Ingenuity and hilarity ensue. Add this to other yuletide classics: A Christmas Story, Die Hard, and Love Actually.
Pretty in Pink
This is one of many films attributed to the “Brat Pack” who were big in the ’80s. The story was real and funny and touching: a teenaged girl with a loveable but imperfect father, navigating the cruel world that is high school with her devoted BFF, Duckie. Pretty in Pink proved that boys could cry in the name of love. It never gets old (well, Andie’s prom dress remains totally ’80s). It never gets cheesy (unless you think crying boys are cheesy). Looking for other Brat Pack movies? Try Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, or The Outsiders.
This movie is an adventure for the ages. It begins as a bedtime story told by a grandfather to his less-than-thrilled, and supposedly sick grandson. The kid (Fred Savage) interrupts the story throughout the telling, but this is not at all bothersome; it’s actually pretty cute. The movie is a love story of course, but it has sword fights, pirates, giants, and laughs to suit a family audience. The Princess Bride should be on your annual watch list along with The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.