My all-time favorite, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, just celebrated its 30th birthday last week. I couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 when I first saw Sarah Jessica Parker shimmy across my TV screen. That's all it took. I was no-going-back hooked on the story of Parker's Janey, a talented dancer who dreams of being a regular on a local TV dance show, despite her strict parents. I mean, this movie has everything (imagine Stefon's voice...): A young Helen Hunt, eye-popping '80s fashion, a dreamy hunk, the kind of over-the-top dance scenes that rival anything Fame ever did. Even better? The movie is on Netflix, so I can relive the magic -- and sequin leotards -- to my heart's content.
The Breakfast Club, everyone's favorite film about a group of high school hoodlums, also celebrated its 30th birthday a couple months ago. True to its nostalgia-inducing form, I distinctly remember seeing that movie for the first time as an early teen, maybe even a few years younger! I was so impressed that virtually the entire student body was represented in those five students: The popular girl, the loner, the jock, the nerd and the outsider. I saw it as a blueprint for my future in high school, and even now, I miss those days whenever I catch the movie on TV.
Leonardo DiCaprio wooing Kate Winslet on the deck of a ship. Their wide-eyed optimism and free-spirit abandon matched my own (supposedly...) worldly outlook when I saw Titanic for the first time. I was a naive young thing of just 17 at the time, but, oh boy, did I ever feel older. I had my own "I'm King of the world" visions, and even today, that movie still has the power to make me feel that same sense of wonder and awe -- like I can accomplish anything and everything. It's a nice feeling, and I have no doubt that it's a good motivating force too!
Do you have any favorite movies that bring on those waves of nostalgia? What sorts of movies did you love as a kid? Do they still hold up now, or do you look at them and cringe? Let's chat, friends! xoxo