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Fun Friday: Volume 1, Issue 1

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Today, I bring you the first entry in a new series. I can’t say how often I’ll do one of these, because I don’t have much of a plan. But I can that say that I plan for this feature to cover the lighter, more fun some of watching movies. The topics may vary, but they are bound to make you smile.

Welcome to Fun Friday!

The Goonies

Last week, we posted a story that updated us on what Jeff Coen – known as “Chunk” by most people – is up to these days. I randomly came across the story, but it instantly gave me the idea for this article.

It got me thinking about movies that I loved as a kid. You know, the kind of movie that takes you back in time to when things were much simpler. The type of movie you want to watch when you are in the mood for something light and uncomplicated, yet magical.

My first and most obvious suggestion is The Goonies. There is a very good chance many of you have already seen and love this movie. You can probably even quote it at will. But if you haven’t seen it in some time I– as someone who has in recent months – highly suggest you watch it. Not only will you experience all the sense of adventure you did as a kid, you’ll pick up on a lot of other stuff too; Jeff Coen’s performance for example. He was so genuine and believable that it really made me appreciate the movie even more than I did as a kid.

Kids are and always will be a big market, so attempting to recreate the success of The Goonies was bound to happen sooner or later. While not a direct knock-offs, many movies tried to create a similar sense of adventure and camaraderie amongst a group of young people like those in The Goonies. Two of the better ones are The Sandlot and The Monster Squad.

The Monster Squad

The Monster Squad is very obviously The Goonies with a bunch of classic movie monsters thrown in. Now that may not sound particularly appealing, but the movie actually works quite well and has developed something of a cult following over the years. It manages to set itself apart from many other kids’ films, despite the fact it is likely a blatant attempt to copy the success of The Goonies.

There are two things this movie is known for. One is introduction of the word “nards” to millions of kids around the word, and the other is the fact that Uncle Rico is in it!

Now if you haven’t seen The Sandlot in a while – or at all – you’re probably thinking it’s “just a baseball movie” and something you can only enjoy if you’re a baseball fan.

The Sandlot

Ok, well first of all I can assure you that is not true. Yes, it is meant to appeal to the little boy in us all who grew up playing and being in awe of the sport of baseball (or softball for the ladies). It is obviously written by someone who’s a fan of the game. But that doesn’t mean you have to be to enjoy it. The movie is also something of a fantasy and the baseball is merely a means through which the story is told.

It’s also really funny! It is loaded with hilarious moments like this.

I’m cheating a little bit here, but I’m going to go ahead and count the original Star Wars trilogy as one movie. To me, they’re three chapters of the same book. I won’t bore you with some long, geeky rant on them, because I’ve already reviewed them. I will instead direct you to our archives section for my opinion of this epic sci/fantasy series.

Sticking with George Lucas for a bit, I’m going to also recommend the lesser known fantasy Willow. Written be Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, this fantasy flick is one of my favorites from the genre. It is not as popular as some other more well-known fantasy films, but I would personally rank it above many much more popular movies. If you enjoy movies such as Harry Potter, LOTR, The Wizard of Oz, or Labyrinth, I highly recommend this little movie. It is a hidden gem of a little movie that you and your family can enjoy together.

Toy Story

I’m going to wrap things up by recommending another trilogy - The Toy Story movies. The original was Pixar’s first film and was so popular it prompted two more (very successful) sequels.   

If you are ever in the mood to feel like a kid again, you’re in luck! Toy Story was pretty much for that sole purpose. These movies make you long for the days when your toys would occupy you for hours at a time. And as ludicrous as it sounds, they also manage to somehow make you feel bad for growing up. If you can watch these movies and tell me you don’t feel bad for your childhood toys, you have no soul.

This article was written for you reading pleasure and given the He said, She said seal of approval on April 29, 2011.