10. The Little Mermaid (1989)
Strangely enough, this is the only Disney movie to make my list. While most kids childhood movie memories are filled with singing animals and bright animation, mine tend to lean toward subtle adult humor and live action.
I’m not exactly sure why The Little Mermaid struck such a chord with me, but I clearly remember telling my Grandma, “Listen, Grandma! I sound just like Ariel!” as I proceeded to sing the tune Ariel sings when her voice is wisked away into Ursula’s shell necklace. My Grandma told me that I sang even better than her. (My grandma > your grandma) Also, I clearly remember my 16th birthday cake featuring my underwater friends. (Ironic coming from the girl with ichthyophobia.)
Whether it was because I could relate to a little red-headed girl who liked to sing or I simply enjoyed the banter of the cute little sea creatures, The Little Mermaid will always hold a special place in my heart.
9. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
If you know my mom, this is clearly one of her choices. She, like me, will get into movie ruts where she watches the same movie repeatedly – Robin Hood was one of those movies. (Others include LOTR, The Day the Earth Stood Still and Blast from the Past.) It never bothered me though – I could never have seen too much of that Will Scarlett. Mmm.. early 90s Christian Slater. It eventually got a little out of hand when we started getting the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves trading cards. (Yeah, they really exist.)
To this day, whenever anyone asks any question regarding a spoon or killing someone with a sharp object, my brother and I still respond with, “I’ll carve his heart out with a spoon!” “It’s dull, you twit! It’ll hurt more!”
8. The Sandlot (1993)
Who didn’t love The Sandlot? Benny was hot, Squints was hilarious and Ham was awesome.. Plus, it’s full of classic quotes. (“You’re killing me, Smalls.”) If I were to take on the impossible task of making a list of my favorite movies of all time, I’m almost certain The Sandlot would still be in the top 30.
7. Airborne (1993)
I can’t stress to you how awful this movie is. And yet, I love it so much. Honestly, I’d be surprised if you’ve even heard of Airborne. I couldn’t tell you how my family stumbled upon it, but I can tell you that my cousin, Matt, and I had to have watched it a minimum of 40 times in the course of a year. Of course, after each viewing we’d have to run outside and rollerblade around the neighborhood pretending to be Mitchell and Wiley.
All those memories seem like a lifetime ago, but there is something I took from this movie that remains the same – the musical montage that bore my love for Seth Green.
6. Encino Man (1992)
Oh, you know you loved Encino Man, too. I’m sure you started adding “-age” on the ends of words unnecessarily.. you know, “fundage,” “grindage,” “linkage,” etc. Also, you probably started shopping for colorful vests and converse high-tops.. like, when you weren’t too busy wheezing the juice. I’m guessing you probably even learned the entire dance choreography at the end of the movie. No? Okay.. I guess it was just me then.
In my mind, Brendan Fraser’s resume looks like this:
…more crappy movies…
5. The Blues Brothers (1980)
You can thank my dad for this one. He isn’t generally one to watch movies multiple times, but I’ve never seen him turn down Jake and Elwood. Unlike many of the other films on this list, the comedy (and music) featured still hold up. I think the main reason this movie is so sentimental to me is because my pops and I have the same sense of humor (witty and sarcastic) and enjoy the same music (classic rock and blues, mostly).. I contribute the easy integration of these things into my life through The Blues Brothers. Maybe they really were on a mission from God.
4. Back to the Future (1985)
If you were born anywhere in between 1950 and 1990, this movie should’ve never left your VCR.. unless you were putting in Back to the Future II or III. That was pretty much the case at our house. Michael J. Fox is so charming he made me want to get a puffy nylon vest.
I was thrilled to see that the indie theater that I adore a couple hours away was playing Back to the Future as their monthly midnight movie over my birthday this year. A truly happy birthday to me.
3. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
I absolutely loved Bill and Ted.. and still do. Matter of fact, I actually wore the “Wyld Stallyns” shirt my brother got me last night. Although the humor has no chance of passing with a new audience, if you grew up watching Bill and Ted, my guess is that you love them just as much as me. To me, the movie is simply a reminder of a simpler time in my life.. It’s also full of fantastic one liners and creative names for historical figures: Billy the Kid – “Mr. the kid”, Socrates – “So-Crates” and of course, Sigmund Freud – “The Freud Dude”.
2. Wayne’s World (1992)
I wouldn’t be surprised that if when everything is said and done and God looks back in His record books, He’ll find that I’ve referenced a Wayne’s World joke at least 5 times a week since 1992. You’d be amazed at the places you can fit, “A gun rack? A gun rack. I don’t even own a gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate any entire rack.” into a conversation.
Oh, and that soundtrack..
1. The Princess Bride (1987)
Fairy tales don’t get much better than this one – sword fights, giants, pirates, six-fingered men (well, man) and true love (“to blave”). It’s hard to find people around my age who didn’t grow up watching The Princess Bride. However, if you haven’t seen it since you were just a kid, you really should rewatch it. You’ll be surprised at the the jokes that went right over your head in your innocent days, proving that it a fantastic movie for children and adults alike.
In complete honesty, the one plan I have made for my future wedding is that I want the pastor to start with, “Mawidge is what bwings us togewer today..” Surely a marriage that starts that way will have no other option but to end happily ever after.