May 2 08

i’ve mentioned before that i’m the product of four uber-hardworking parents. because of this i was one of those tv-as-babysitter kids. i learned, from a very early age, who was who in Genoa City, because my grandfather and i would watch Y&R together. i knew the price of fabric softener and bleach from watching the Price is Right every. single. day. with my grandmother. talk shows, game shows, soaps, sitcoms, dramas, i watched it all. even Divorce Court. (bubbie was a big fan of the court shows)

i didn’t just like TV. i was obsessed. I was also a huge fan of the movie. My dad wasn’t much of a talker (still isn’t…but he did say, “i love you, Alicia” last night for the first time, possibly ever, and it melted my heart) but he was a big movie-watcher. so, that was one thing he could do with us. so, he took us to movies. a lot. in fact, the first movie i can remember him taking me and my sister to was Flashdance. i was five. certainly age appropriate. ahem.

again…i didn’t just like movies. i was obsessed. and would become obsessed with certain movies and watch them over. and over. and over.

strange movies. among my childhood obsessions…

Annie. i still know every. single. line. to this movie. i swear. i could act out the entire movie. sadly.

Space Camp. Joaquin Phoenix back when he was calling himself Leaf…and pre-OC Tate Donovan. LOVE.

The Goonies. it’s where i learned to do the Truffle Shuffle and where i learned the phrase ‘jerk alert’….and trust me, i learned the hard way that this is not an appropriate greeting for when your mom comes home from a hard day at work.

Beaches. this was the first movie i saw in the theater without a parent. I convinced my dad to find me a bootlegged copy of it in NYC and i watched that vhs tape until it literally broke.

Alex: the Life of a Child.

The Neverending Story. there are no words to express the love i had for this movie.

The Cutting Edge. i drove my siblings CRAZY by throwing a random ‘toe pick’ line in every. single. conversation.

Can’t Buy Me Love. oh, how my sister and i LOVED this movie. we prayed and prayed that we would one day get to drive the car of our dreams. the white Volkswagen Cabriolet.

The Man in the Moon. Old School Reese Witherspoon. before anyone knew who she was.

oh, i could keep going. Karate Kid. Back to the Future. The Breakfast Club. Weird Science. St. Elmo’s Fire. Footloose. Sixteen Candles. Grease. Poltergeist. Rainman.

  1. That is hilarious that your Dad took you to Flashdance when you were 5!!! I wonder what you thought of the date scene???

    Great rundown of the movies. Those were the days, weren’t they? Nowadays it’s a big deal when we take the kids to “Horton Sees a Who!”

    happy weekend Ali!

    PS: I’ve got one of those strong, silent type Dads too. I still tear up when I think of my Dad squeezing my arm just before he walked me down the aisle at my wedding, telling me I was doing great and it was all going to be OK.

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  2. Ahh Breakfast Club, the sole reason I wouldn’t name my kid Claire (“it’s a fat girls name”)….. I also still have Annie memorized, I should really get on Amazon and buy a copy of that movie soon!

    My Dad was one of those who never really said how they feel, I think I would have fallen over if he ever said he loved me in my adult lifetime.

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  3. And I had no idea that Joaquin was formerly known as Leif. I thought they were brothers DUH!

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  4. SO many of these are among my favorites! Especially SPACE CAMP! Love that one! And Can’t Buy Me Love was my very first PG-13 viewing :)

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  5. I have never seen Space Camp, and somehow, I feel like my life will be incomplete until I do.

    As for me?
    Starship Troopers
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Remember The Titans
    Legally Blonde
    The Matrix
    The New Guy
    Batman Begins

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  6. OMG – Just reading “Toe Pick” makes me smile and laugh!

    This was on ABC Family recently and I tried to get Maddie (age 7) to watch with me. She just doesn’t appreciate the classics.

    TOE – pick. :)


    Comment by Tricia on May 2, 2008
  7. mmmmm movies!

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  8. Unbelievable.
    Our childhoods must have been parallel…

    When my grandparents would come from Ireland every summer I’d sit and watch The Price Is Right with my Granda everyday. I only ever watched it with him.

    I had to laugh about Y&R – Sean’s dad is devotee and the Cam will sometimes watch it with him.

    And the lady who lives across the street from us has a license plate that says “Toe Pic”
    For the first 2 yrs we lived here that’s how we referred to her. “Toe Pic dropped that off for you” “Toe Pic’s garbage bin blew away”

    Have you seen the new Kia commercial? Flashdance theme? Love it!


    Comment by Christine on May 2, 2008
  9. and can you believe how many more of the cutting edge movies have come out since! too funny.

    what about “the lost boys” or “cocktail” or “dirty dancing?”

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  10. Ahhhh…. awesome list. The Neverending Story rocks. When do you think is a good time to expose my children to it? I can’t wait to watch it again.

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  11. Grease, Footloose, Weird Science, Dirty Dancing, Fletch, Bugsy Malone (anyone? Jody Foster, Scott Baio…), the Breakfast Club…these movies define my childhood and teen years. Starting with the days when you had to rent a VCR and then when you rented a movie you chose VHS or Beta – we had a Beta…:(

    I too watched TV as a hobby – Y&R, Days, Price is Right, Three’s Company, Eight is Enough, Little House, M*A*S*H*, the list goes on.

    These were the days before family channel and kids programming. There were hardly any kids movies so you watched what the grown-ups watched. It was just starting to happen when I was a bit too old to appreciate it…maybe right around your time, Ali!

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  12. i LOVED the neverending story!! forgot all about it. i also could quote and act out every scene from the breakfast club!

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  13. You and I had very similar childhoods, but I’m older than you so some of my favorites are different. But I did love St. Elmo’s Fire and Sixteen Candles. And I watched The Breakfast Club every day after school and I still know every line of that one.

    I loved Beaches, too, it was the first movie that ever made me cry.

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    Comment by Sadie on May 2, 2008
  14. I had completely forgotten about Space Camp! I have to find a copy of that, I think my space obsessed kiddo would eat that up just as much as I did.

    One movie I remember watching over and over again was Mannequin. No idea why I loved it so much but I did! And Grease…one of my all time favorites, and a big reason why each week I wait and hope that Jason Castro will burst into “Summer Lovin’” on Idol. He’s so “Danny Travolta.” :0P


    Comment by AJ on May 2, 2008
  15. I have an unhealthy love for Annie, Can’t Buy Me Love, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Beaches…oh, how I love Beaches.

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  16. Ok, now that you’ve listed every movie that I have to stop to watch whenever I see it listed on tv (Can’t Buy Me Love especially) and outed yourself as a Karate Kid fan, you get to go check out this video:

    I think you’ll love it in inexplicable ways.

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  17. Kramer vs. Kramer & Terms of Endearment, both still make me bawl like nothing else! I know every line & every song in Grease, I could sing them all right now. That was the 1st movie my mom took me to with her friends – I felt so special! Star Wars was my 1st actual movie in a theatre before that.


    Comment by Maria on May 2, 2008
  18. love neverending story. my all time favorite. i, too, can recite annie by heart, and most of space camp and goonies. another fave has got to be my blue heaven!


    Comment by age on May 2, 2008
  19. Oh my goodness…I think we could be the bestest of friends!

    Space Camp…love it…I thought Trish was sooo cool!

    Goonies…my children love it…I live only a few hours from Astoria…went there on my honeymoon! You’re jealous…I know!

    Great list…

    I could watch Anne of Green Gables over and over…Terms of Endearment…breaks my heart when the kids come say good bye to mom…

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  20. Can’t Buy Me Love is one of my favorites! So is The Man in the Moon!

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  21. my friend goes on and on about The Cutting Edge and I have yet to see it. I keep hearing it is one of those must see flicks!!! :)

    Me = footloose = love

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  22. I am so happy to hear I am not the only kid who broke a VHS tape from watching it over and over and over. Mine was Footloose. I tried so hard to “fix” it, yea doesn’t work. I am so with you on these movies; I still quote daily without even realizing it. I even went to Oregon and found the Goonies house to take a picture of it.


    Comment by Andrea on May 2, 2008
  23. LOVE The Cutting Edge. One of my non age appropriate movies from that time was Cat’s Eye. OMG scary. I think we might be soul mates. Whenever we finally meet, we will definetly be watching a couple of these!! I’ll bring Cat’s Eye.

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  24. i loved cutting edge. my sister and i still “toe pic” eachother! LOL.. and man in the moon- i own that movie and didn’t think anyone even knew what it was. lol i also LOVE mystic pizza!
    i was obsessed with can’t buy me love because i loved the lead chick’s hair and clothes. i remember thinking she was SO pretty and that i hoped i would be as pretty as her when i grew up. whatever happened to her?

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  25. My weird Luddite parents refused to own a VCR or get cable or any of that, which is why I’m so maladjusted now.

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  26. I loved Annie. So much so that I wore the dress to the fourth grade. I can’t believe I didn’t get beat up.

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  27. Ali. I am seriously scared now. WE ARE TWINS. I was obsessed with each of these movies (yes, even Man in the Moon which no one else knew of) AND read the Alex book eleventy billion times. I was traumatized, but yet kept reading it anyway. For some reason, the part that sticks with me is when–right after she dies–her dad sees the root beer that she had asked for in the fridge, and he gets all upset.

    I haven’t thought about that book in YEARS.

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  28. OMW!!!!!

    I watched Annie SO. MANY. TIMES. My grandparents owned it and I watched it repeatedly there… EVERY WEEKEND I VISITED. And I visited them at least every other weekend, plus every other full week in the summer. It was THE FAV MOVIE!

    The Parent Trap and The Electric Grandmother were close seconds… as I got older, I LOVED the Cutting Edge (even owned it, which was rare for us), and ALL the Indiana Jones movies…

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  29. TEEN WITCH! TEEEEEEEEN WIIIIIITCH! You would love it!!!!!

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  30. You’re so much cooler than I – I was obsessed with the “Tammy” movies (starring Debbie Reynolds…I’m only 32!) If it came on TBS at 10am in the summer-time or other holiday, I was there watching it with my Maw-maw!

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  31. I’m feeling kinda freaky over how many movies we both loved.

    But at the same time, I’m relieved to know you watched a lot of TV and turned out to be a smart and intelligent person. There is hope for my youngest son!

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  32. Girl! I loved the same ones!

    Oh, the Goonies.

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  33. Sheesh, stop already girl. You are scaring me. Now I’m afeerd of Bridges AND 80s flix lists!

    (You left off Lost Boys-watched it 18 million times, and I just saw a trailer for partII!)

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  34. I LOVE Man in the Moon!! I didn’t think there was anyone else who even knew it existed! I can watch it over and over.

    By the way, I found your blog through DadGoneMad. I’ve posted a complete list of everyone who left their blog link in a post called Blog Rolling With My Homies over on my blog, so if you want to see it come on over and sit a spell. I don’t bite…that hard anyway!

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  35. Ou, ou, ou!!! Agreed! I watched can’t buy me love everyday the summer I was 13 and loved every minute of it!


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  36. My dad busted me performing Anne, the One Woman Show in my room with all my stuffed animals when I was about 6. It still goes down as one of my most embarrassing moments EVER.

    Goonies and the Neverending Story were both birthday party movies of mine, along with ET and Natty Gan. Ahhh, sweet youth.

    But you forgot Legend and Labyrinth! Best sappy little girl movies of all time!

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  37. Ahhh a person after my own heart. I am a movie obsessed crazy person.

    I too have been known (even now) to throw a “Toe Pick” in once awhile.

    As a point of interest (or not), I came here through Dad Gone Mad and DeeDee. I’m lagging behind in the commenting race…so off I go.

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  38. Wow! I WAS the Grandpa taking the grandkiddies to some of these! Memories of taking them & my kids before them are terrific, especially as movies were a once in a blue moon treat in my young days:)

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  39. I never realized Joaquin and Leaf were the same Phoenix …

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  40. Our childhoods were so different – our tv and videos were strictly monitored.
    But, oh how I loved the Cutting Edge. Toe Pick. Funny. loved that!

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  41. You have educated me today – I never realized that Joaquin and Leaf were the same person.


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  42. the man in the moon is the best movie ever! i haven’t seen it in so long, i have an urge to go buy it.

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  43. Atraue!


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  44. I used to watch so much TV … I don’t have as much time or interest anymore.

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  45. Oh good Lord, I just took a trip back in time. The Goonies is still my favorite show, Cutting Edge is awesome and I just watched it the other day and who the hell wouldn’t like Flashdance.

    Thanks for the trip back in time. I might hit blockbuster and rent all of these today.


    Comment by krissy on May 4, 2008
  46. We definitely grew up in the same era – these movies were all my favorites! Now I want to rent a few. My boys just watched Never Ending Story this week!

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  47. Flashdance when you were five? That IS AWESOME! Good times right there!


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  48. I have never seen Beaches. I hate Bette Midler.

    My first movie I remember is E.T. at the Drive-In.

    Our subdivision clubhouse used to have movie showings for the kids in the neighborhood and you could bring your own popcorn and hang out with the big kids. I only remember watching The Neverending Story and Tron.

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  49. I loved all of these movies as a kid. Still do in fact. The first movie I remember adoring was Dirty Dancing. I was five too. Our parents were cool. :)

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