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In a comment she left on Monday, my mom reminded me of our Friday afternoon visits to Blockbuster Video when I was growing up. She would take my brother and me there and we could each rent a movie to watch 200 times over the weekend. Then on Tuesday, Heather reminded me of the movie Parenthood in her comment. Parenthood was one of the movies my family got fixated on and rented from Blockbuster on multiple occasions.
And just like that, a post was born: a short list of movies my family rented multiple times when we went to Blockbuster. It remains to be seen if this is going to be a good post that has any resonance whatsoever outside of my small family and former Blockbuster Video employees, but I got to watch a couple of them while I was researching* this post so at least one case of warm-fuzzies will result from it.
*SHUT UP. It is research.
1. Annie (1982)
My parents or grandparents had taped Annie off of TV for us when we were little, and as a result, I am a little confused every time I watch the movie now and it’s not punctuated every twenty minutes with Chef Boyardee commercials from 1986. Eventually that copy didn’t work anymore and we rented it at Blockbuster a lot. I loved this movie because Aileen Quinn made being an orphan look like a lot of fun. When I was in eighth grade, I got a pair of Doc Martens for Christmas and then danced around to my CD of “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” in my room. There is nothing more Depression Era gamin than expensive British shoes.
2. Parenthood (1989)
Directed by Ron Howard and starring pretty much every semi-prominent movie actor from the 1980’s, Parenthood chronicles an extended family and the trials they experience when raising their children. Its main star is Steve Martin who plays a father concerned about his three young kids and the one he finds out is on the way the day he quits his job, but I was more interested in Tom Hulce of Amadeus fame who plays Martin’s wild younger brother. He runs away from his family for years and then returns with his own child named Cool who no one in the family knew existed. I guess the idea of having a surprise relative named “Cool” appealed to me as a kid. This is still a great movie and I give it two thumbs up for not making Keanu Reeves play anything except a dumb teenager.
3. Uncle Buck (1989)
My dad took me to see Uncle Buck in the theater after church when I was seven and from then on, it became a classic for my family. What’s not to love about the idea of being looked after by an overweight middle-aged man who makes his living off fixed races? John Candy was and remains one of the funniest people who ever lived, and Jean Louisa Kelly who plays his teenage niece Tia in the movie set the bar for the teenaged death stare. Fun fact: a scene in Uncle Buck where Macauley Culkin imagines crooks outside his home inspired John Hughes to make Home Alone.
4. Clifford (1994)
Even though I titled this post “Family Faves”, I have to admit that Clifford wasn’t exactly my favorite movie. My parents and my brother seemed to like it a lot so we were constantly renting it. Martin Short plays a mischievous little boy named Clifford who goes to stay with his uncle, played by Charles Grodin. I think what turned me off of it was that Fred Savage was in the first scene where the framing device of the movie was established, and then he never really comes back until the end. I was in love with Fred Savage and I felt like his talent/dreaminess wasn’t put to good use in the movie, and it frustrated me that they got a grown adult to play a little boy when they had a perfectly good kid laying around. For a better description of this movie and its merits, check out Lily’s post on Kidz Showz.
5. Pure Luck (1991)
My family evidently could not get enough of Martin Short in the ’90’s because we were constantly renting Pure Luck too. Martin Short plays a guy who, because he has really terrible luck, gets chosen to save the daughter of the CEO of the corporation where he works. She also has really bad luck and has been kidnapped. It’s basically the chronicle of bad luck matchmaking. This, my friends, is the plot of a movie I have seen on numerous occasions. A lot of the pieces are coming together now, aren’t they?
What are some movies that you remember watching with your family when you were growing up?
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