Exposing My Kids To Classic Movies

In an effort to avoid several hours of Jonny Test and ESPN, I’ve been trying to expose Bruce to some classic movies from my childhood. So, we’ve been having Classic Movie Nights at our house.

The Wizard of Oz –  BIG flop. I’ve tried making him watch that before and he hated it. In fact, the beginning – the black and white part- kinda freaked him out. He thought he broke the tv. He didn’t understand why the picture was not in color. I explained to him the underprivileged youth us X generationers had to endure with only 5 channels of tv that needed to be manually changed, which Ryan Reynolds recently reminded me went off at midnight. That conversation ended with a look of disbelief and a “yeah, right”. I guess he just believes we make this stuff up to trick him into believing we were deprived when we really weren’t.

The Goonies - Seriously, what 8-year-old boy wouldn’t love a movie about a bunch of kids who chase a pirate ship and try to get away from a bunch of crazy old people. He loved the oil-squirting shoes and the big piano made of bones.

Since he’s knee-deep in baseball season I thought Field of Dreams and A League of Their Own would be good. He thought it was pretty cool that ghosts came to play baseball. He learned that girls can play baseball too. He disagreed with “There’s no crying in baseball”. A lot of kids on his team cry during games.

Th biggest hit – Back to the Future. We watched both 1 and 2. It was a little unnerving for me to watch this in 2012. Michael J Fox went forward to see Michael Jackson on a futuristic tv. That was eery. Flying skateboards, jackets that automatically adjusted to the right size (genius), jokes he didn’t get (asking for a Pepsi Free before they were invented and the guy telling him if he wanted a Pepsi he had to pay for it). He obviously liked the gun chase and the lightning strikes. He learned that you should never steal plutonium from the Libyans. It won’t end well. The only thing he didn’t like was the kissing scene. He said the kiss ruined the whole movie.

Up next – Gremlins and Adventures In Babysitting. What classic movies are your favorites?  What should I add to the playlist?

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3 Responses to “Exposing My Kids To Classic Movies”

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    I love all those movies! Boo likes Wizard of Oz, but Radley doesn’t.
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    Anna says:

    You’re not alone. I’ve made multiple attempts to show my children the Wizard of Oz and each time, there’s some scene that frightens them and freaks them out. You name it: flying monkeys, the whirling, dark clouds of the tornado, and the “small people”.As Gilda Radner used to say “it’s always something”, but I haven’t given up. My son is only a few months older than Bruce and we still have issues. I think it’s age and partly gender.

    My son is also engrossed in baseball and likes to watch the Bad News Bears. He was also liked these:

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    ET
    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World
    The Terminator (might be too strong, but he liked the sci-fi story)
    Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Star Wars (original)
    The Sandlot

    He hasn’t seen the following, but was interested after hearing about it:
    Poltergeist (he’s a fanatic about ghost stories and hauntings)
    The Sixth Sense
    The Blob

    I’m also planning to expose him to the old TV classics, like Batman, the Munsters, The Adams Family, and the like.

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