With an 8-year-old and 4-year-old, one of my favorite aspects of motherhood is re-living the best parts of my childhood. I have so many fond memories of watching movies with my family, like Stand By Me.
And Ari, in particular, is old enough to enjoy it, too.
Most recently, we were replacing our lost Elf — a favorite holiday movie we admittedly watch even when it’s not Christmas! — and I spotted Stand By Me. I will forever associate this movie with my sister Nidia and my cousins Vanessa and Thalia as we watched it repeatedly in the summer of 1990 in Ohio. The movie came out in 1986.
This past Friday, Ari and I watched it and he loved it. He loved it so much that he told Jude about it, and then the boys watched it again later in the weekend. I could see the draw for little boys: the camaraderie between the four boys, the barfing story, the train-chasing scenes — and my boys’ favorite — the leach-on-Gordy’s-testicals scene. “He had a leach on his balls!” one of the boys said.
I forgot how many potty words were in the movie so I let the boys know it was not nice to say any of those words outside of our living room.
I, of course, teared up when River Phoenix’s character, Chris Chambers, dies as an adult. I was also sad about River Phoenix, in general, and did tell the boys that he was a famous actor who died young.
Other favorite childhood movies I have introduced my kids to: the original Karate Kid, all the Muppet movies, Heidi — loved the book! — with Shirley Temple, and all the Christmas movies: A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation.
What are some of your favorite childhood movies that you have shared with your children? Happy Thanksgiving, all!