Saturday, January 22, 2011

Family Movie Night

Friday night. Seven o'clock. If you were to peek into a certain white house with green trim, you'd likely find six Lawsons squished together on the L-shaped couch. Piled under blankets, legs and elbows askew and voices shushing, they are about to embark on a grand adventure known as Family Movie Night. The lights are dimmed "just like a movie feeder," chocolate chip cookies are in the oven, and they eagerly await the pick of the week . . .

Sometimes it's a favorite from Daddy and Mommy's growing up years, like Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prairie.

Other times it's a brand new story waiting to unfold, like Up. Most often, however, it's a gem from the past, such as the original Cheaper by the Dozen, National Velvet or Leave it to Beaver. And if it happens to be a musical like Meet Me in St. Louis, Mary Poppins, or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

Well, there are no complaints from the females in the bunch. (Of course you know how I feel about The Sound of Music.) And don't worry. To add a little action for the males, we are sure to include lively stories like Swiss Family Robinson or Follow Me, Boys!, and great science features like Life.

A friend recently asked for movie suggestions, and I passed a few titles on. (My titles are fairly conservative and mild -- we have a rather sensitive viewer in our bunch.) It was fun to think through the list, and it occurred to me that I'd love to add more ideas to the pot. And so I come to you. What are some of your family favorites? Slip me a note, either here, via email or facebook, and I'll compile a little list to share with any others who find themselves buried under blankets on a Friday night.

Lights . . . camera . . . action!
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  1. Kipper. That's about all we can do over here. Anything else is 'scary': the captain, Mrs. Oleson, the tea party on the ceiling.....I think our Family Movie Night is yet to come... :)

  2. Yes, wrestling with a water snake while being stranded on an island might be a bit intense, too.

  3. That Darn Cat! I still get a hankering to watch it. It is about a woman's kidnapping, so it may be intense for younger viewers, but it's a good ol' classic comedy starring the actress from Polyanna—can never remember her name!

  4. Great one, Sarah! I think that might have been the first movie we rented back when my family got our VCR! Very funny -- and yes, a tad intense, too. Someday!

  5. Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bed-knobs and Broomsticks, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Pollyanna, The Parent Trap... But what the kids really like right now is Scooby Doo. :-)



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