I like movies. I am not a movie buff, but I enjoy watching a great movie anytime. There are those movies that I have seen, oh, fifty or sixty times, like “Dirty Dancing”, “Sixteen Candles” or “Footloose”. And others, that I am sucker for every time I’m flipping the channel.
Maybe it’s me, or maybe a generational thing, but there just aren’t as many great movies anymore for kids and teens to watch. Now, don’t misunderstand. We take the kids to see movies fairly often. We see most kids movies and some PG movies and have even tried some PG-13 which was not a good idea at all. But, we do still go. I just think movies from the 80’s and early 90’s were so much better. Which is why those are the movies we are borrowing from the library this summer.
I could watch a John Hughes movie anytime. Most of his movies were relatively clean and timeless. “Home Alone”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”? My kids loved them. Then there are the classics like “E.T.” and “Star Wars” that kids today seem to enjoy as much as they did back in the day.
My son Seth, age six, his favorite movie is “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox. My girls loved “Clueless” and “Ghostbusters”. I can’t wait to have them watch “The Bad News Bears”, “Big” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” or “Tootsie”. These are just great movies, maybe slightly inappropriate, but overall fun movies with good stories. Memorable, with great lines.
In the previews at the theater recently, I saw a trailer for the remake of “Footloose”. It looks to be basically the same movie with bigger and flashier dance scenes. Most likely we will go and see it. But I will have my kids watch the original first. The music, dancing and fun in that movie could not possibly be translated to a remake. It’s like trying to remake “Grease”. Why bother? The original still stands up as a great movie any day.
One of the things I love about being a parent is getting to share those things I love. I love movies from the 80's and 90's. And much to my children’s disbelief, so do they!