Leslie and I were walking to the subway stop from an event earlier this week and started talking about Lindsay Lohan. I mentioned how I scrolled through a 92 photo slideshow with pictures of her as she “grew up” in the public eye. We both agreed that The Parent Trap had been one of our favorite movies growing up. Stacy and I used to watch it every Saturday morning. We had the entire thing memorized and would act out the parts throughout the whole thing. Stacy probably can verbatim say every line… and I’m fairly confident that I can recall a good 80-85% today.
There were five movies that we continuously watched throughout our childhood. And, frankly, I would still watch today. In fact, a couple of them are on Netflix instant and I have watched within the last six months. For the most part, I don’t like watching movies for a second time. The only exceptions are these five (and Phoebe in Wonderland). There’s just something super soothing about watching familiar characters and predictable plots!
The Parent Trap | Lindsay Lohan in her prime. (Although, I was and remain a fan of Freaky Friday.) So many quotable lines. Check for fruits, check for vegetables… go on.
It Takes Two | Another movie about long lost twins, but with a completely different feel! Stacy and I never had this on VHS, but every time we went to Blockbuster, we would check to see if they had the movie. It was ALWAYS what we wanted to rent. Unfortunately, it was quite popular in South Tampa because it was hardly ever in stock. (Making it that much more of a treat to watch it!)
Madeline | I think we saw this six or seven times in theaters. It was definitely a huge number of viewings, but a favorite in the making. When I lived with Little V at Georgetown, her mom made us cornish hens for dinner. We all said, “Chicken Helen” throughout dinner. Complete with accents. And nearly everyone at the table got the reference.
A Little Princess | This movie is just too good. I cry even now when I watch it. It’s simply beautiful. Speaking of which, you should watch this video. It’s comprised entirely of sounds from the movie. It’s also visually stunning… My favorite part is the squeaking shoes!!!
Matilda | Who didn’t wish to be in Miss Honey’s class and have nightmares about the chokey?! Obviously this one makes the cut. I always crave Cheerios and little chocolates after watching…. #lame, yes.
What movies would you add to the list?‘
PS I liked The Secret Garden, but it always gave me the creeps… The earthquake was terrifying and the whole sulkiness of the movie used to bother me. I only used to like the part where the entire garden speed-blooms!