Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature has a different (usually) book related topic each week, and the goal is to compose a list of ten things that correspond to the topic!
This week’s theme is: Favorite Movies When I Was a Child
I did not have the luxury of cable television during my early years of life. We had basic channels and that was it, and as a kid there were not many shows of interest other than TGIF (Family Matters, Full House, Step by Step, etc.) and Saturday morning cartoons available on those channels that we did get. My Mom was the queen of buying movies, though, so I was never lacking entertainment (when I wasn’t reading, of course). Compiling this list and thinking about some of my favorite movies that I grew up watching, I realize just how inappropriate a lot of them are. I guess I turned out alright, though, so – kudos, Mom! Here’s my list…
Drop Dead Fred (1991)
A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.
Captain Ron (1992)
A family in Chicago inherits the yacht formerly owned by Clark Gable. They decide to sail it from the island of Ste. Pomme de Terre to Miami, and they sail with the assistance of Captain Ron and their lives will never be the same again.
Camp Nowhere (1994)
Morris “Mud” Himmel has a problem. His parents desperately want to send him away to summer camp. He hates going to summer camp, and would do anything to get out of it. Talking to his friends, he realizes that they are all facing the same sentence: a boring summer camp. Together with his friends, he hatches a plan to trick all the parents into sending them to a camp of his own design, which would actually be a parent-free paradise. Blackmailing former drama teacher Dennis Van Welker into helping, they must convince the parents that the camp is genuine, and that they aren’t allowed to visit…
Heavy Weights (1995)
Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.
Men at Work (1990)
Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As she leaves he shoots the man with a pellet gun. Hiding, he and James miss two men strangling the man and leaving with the body. When he appears in a can on their route they are afraid and hide the body, fearing that they may be implicated in the death. Trying to crack the case, they spy on the woman, join up with a slightly to majorly crazed Vietnam vet, kidnap a pizza man and help to protect the ecology.
Man of the House (1995)
Ben Archer is not happy. His mother, Sandy, has just met a man, and it looks like things are pretty serious. Driven by a fear of abandonment, Ben tries anything and everything to ruin the “love bubble” which surrounds his mom. However, after Ben and Jack’s experiences in the Indian Guides, the two become much closer.
Now and Then (1995)
Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.
Wild America (1997)
Three brothers – Marshall, Marty and Mark dream of becoming naturalists and portraying animal life of America. One summer their dream comes true, they travel through America, filming alligators, bears and moose.
Tom and Huck (1995)
Tom and Huck witness Injun Joe’s killing of Doc Robinson one night at the graveyard. When an innocent man is accused of killing the Doc, Tom steps up as a witness, not respecting the promise made to Huck to lay low.
On the run from authorities, a sleazy courier poses as a scout leader on a camping trip. But he has no idea what he’s in for when he has to lead a group of kids.
What were some of your favorite movies growing up? Were they more age appropriate than mine were? Hah.