Monday, November 26, 2007

Tween Flicks Contest

Lately we've developed the tradition of the Friday night Family Movie Party. Roscoe and Logan have gotten old enough that they feel the need for something festive on Friday night. Plus, this plan simplifies Roscoe's babysitting chore if Mom and Dad want to go out.

So we've become connoisseurs of the tween movie, things everyone from Haley to Mom can enjoy. Not Disney, but not Francis Ford Coppola. It has to be clean. A few mildly bad words are okay, as our ClearPlay DVD player will silence them out. (I highly recommend this as a way of keeping potty words out of children's pure little minds just a bit longer and extending the family's movie options.) Sexual humor is not okay. (Really, I'm counting every month I can stave this one off as a major victory.) Recent hits have included Men in Black, National Treasure, Gremlins, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and The Princess Bride.

Help me brainstorm: What are your suggestions that meet the above criteria?

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  1. Here's some of my family's favorites:
    The Mask of Zorro
    That thing you do
    Ice Princess
    Yours, Mine and Ours (the original with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda)
    Secondhand Lions
    All I want for Christmas
    Original Little Rascalls
    October Sky
    Bugsy Malone
    ....Just a few to get you started...
    My family loves movie night! Our favorite treat is to make carmel corn for it. We mix a stick of butter, a cup of brown sugar (firmly packed), and a cup of corn syrup in a microwave bowl, and zap it until it's bubbly and foamy (stir every minute), then pour over a huge batch of popcorn, mix well...and YUM!

  2. We love Holes (which I believe is Disney - but not animated and all cheesy).

  3. Oh - and can you appreciate the humor in The Emperor's New Groove? It's animated - but a huge hit in the Worth Family. Also high up there is in the Worth Family (even with the adults) is Chicken Run and Wallace & Grommit. Those are clay-mation. Those are a little much for me but you might give them a shot.

  4. Thanks for the list, ThelmaJean. We'll definitely try those, and the caramel corn sounds great too!

  5. We also love the Wallace and Gromit and The Emperor's New Groove. We are a little bit more eclectic in our choices, but these are wonderful! These are ones we used to watch as young kids/high school and still love.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel
    Swing Kids
    Scavenger Hunt
    It's Mad Mad Mad World
    What's Up Doc
    Support Your Local Sheriff
    Any of the Pink Panthers
    Sky High
    Mystery Men
    Groundhog Day
    The Man Who Knew to Little

    and musicals like
    How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Singing in the Rain
    Music Man

    And we just love our projector! You really should consider getting one some Christmas (I've seen new ones of late for around 400). It really makes a movie night!

  6. Ok, Sky High just came out, but the rest of them were pretty much from our tween/high school years.

    Oh I forgot! One of our absolute favorites is the Tick: the animated series, not the real one. I would get four episodes and laugh your brains out. SPOON!

    Oh, and expect for the Tick, we have many of these movies on dvd or vhs if Mark wants to get them from Rob at work.

  7. If you're looking for a great holiday show, I love It's a Wonderful Life and A Muppet Christmas Carol.

  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Edward Scissorhands
    Spirited Away (this one is a Japanese anime, but good)
    Casper (the one with Christina Ricci)
    Charlie & Chocolate Factory (both Gene Wilder & Johnny Depp)
    James & Giant Peach (clay-mation & live action, came out maybe ten years ago)
    Indian in the Cupboard
    Big Fish

    Wow, that's a hard question. So many tweeny movies are made for girls.

  9. Muppets in Space is the best out of all the Muppets. :)

  10. The best funny movie of all time
    Raising Arizona
    I remember Nathan Cleaver and I watching it on a rare sleepover in middle school and laughing uncontrollably start to finish.
    finding neverland
    Man in the iron mask
    tomb raider
    a knight's tale (one love scene not just kissing)
    sky caption and the world of tomorrow
    Memphis bell
    apollo 13
    night at the museum
    chicken little
    what about bob?

  11. A Knights Tale is a good one but I can tell you from clear memory that there is a shot of Heath Ledger's toosh. Both cheeks I believe. Ahhh - good times.

  12. Everyone already thought of all our favorite movies....

    But I did get our Ensign yesterday and saw Mark's byline! Way to go Mark!

  13. Bummer - I left a comment and it is not here :(

    I rated Raising Arizona up there, but I also thought of some other good ones that now escape my mind.

    PS to Nancy. HL uses a butt-double. Sorry to disappoint.