Movies are a favorite bonding activity for families. But sometimes, it can seem like all the movies have been watched and like the new ones aren’t coming out fast enough. It can leave you scrambling for something fun to watch. Here are some classics that you should consider adding to your must-see list. Some are just good fun while others have a deeper meaning.
The Parent Trap
This movie was done in 1961 and in 1998, but it’s not enough to only watch the new version—you absolutely must watch the original as well. Identical twins, separated in babyhood, meet each other at a summer camp and hatch a plan to switch places. They each hope to meet the parent they never met and hope to reunite their parents once again. Drama and hilarity ensue when one of the twins, Sharon, discovers that their father, Mitch, is on the verge of marrying a young gold digger.
How To Steal a Million
No list of classics is complete without an Audrey Hepburn movie. This is a 1966 heist comedy film, in which Nicole (Audrey Hepburn) enlists a young art expert, whom she mistakenly believes to be a professional burglar, to steal her father’s forged statue from the museum exhibition before his forgery gets discovered. The young man, Simon, agrees to help her because he is secretly smitten with her, and they proceed to bumble their way through the robbery.
This 2007 film is based on the true story of Erin Gruwell, a teacher in a recently integrated inner-city high school of at-risk students. Almost all the students in her class are in gangs and know someone who’s been killed, but abide by strong generational codes of “protecting their own”. Strong hostilities exist between the races and the only thing they are united by is their dislike of the teacher. The school has mostly given up on these students, but Erin finally finds a way to connect with her students by holding a discussion about a drive-by shooting. After that, she assigns them to keep a journal, which will not be graded and which will not be read by her, unless they choose to have her do so. To address racial hostilities, she brings in Holocaust survivors to talk about their experiences and takes the students to the Museum of Tolerance.
Classic movies can be entertaining or informative and sometimes, they can open up stimulating conversations. And nowadays, if you have a TV service like DISH Network, you’ll have access to thousands of movies at a flick of the remote. Just settle on the couch with some hot chocolate and popcorn and enjoy a classic with the family.