Last week we decided to dig out a movie for the kids to watch. We wanted something that was a classic that they hadn’t seen before. Since both kids like adventurous movies we decided to rent National Treasure off Amazon Instant Video. We own the second movie but wanted the kids to see the first one (the second we determined is fine for Vanilla at 11, but still too mature for Sprinkles at 7).
They loved it. In fact we’ve watched it twice and I’m sure before the day, and the rental, is out this evening we will probably watch it again. That night after we went to bed I asked Papa if, eventually, the kids would ever appreciate the movies we loved back in the 80′s, classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science. He said probably not.
I think he’s, sadly, right.
Can kids these days appreciate those movies of yesterday? How many times did we (and sometimes still do…) quote Ferris Bueller? Honda even made a commercial last year as a spoof on Ferris today not wanting to go to work and calling in sick. I know that sometime in the future I’d love to share these movies with my kids. I watched Sixteen Candles last year at a neighborhood ‘girls night’ and it was every bit as good last year as when I first saw it in the 80′s. It’s hard to say why those movies stick with me so much except that they seem to be from a much simpler time, even though they depict the teen-angst that most everyone will go through despite what generation you come from. There were no cell phones, iPods, iPads, no Twitter, Facebook, and these other things kids today grow up with.
Maybe that’s what makes it so appealing to sit down and watch these movies again and again. Have your kids seen any of the movies you loved in your youth? Did they see them as the gem you did?