Friday, April 27, 2007

Younce Family Classics: The Definitive List

Every family has a list like this - movies you watched as a family when you were little kids, over and over. And when you became older you realized that you didn't even know what the movies had been about when you were little, you just watched them because your family did. Maybe some became your favorites as adults; others you don't even want to admit ever having seen.

Over the years I've been showing Ed some of the "Younce Family Classics", and he thought he'd seen them all. Then I mentioned one the other day, and he'd never even heard of it. So of course I put it in the #1 spot on our Netflix queue so he could seen it asap. Then we wondered how many other YFC's he'd never seen or heard of. This prompted me to rally the troops and get everyone's input, to compose a definitive list that all Younces agree on. These are not the best movies of all time, just the ones our family watched a lot, for whatever reason.

And here it is:

An American in Paris
Auntie Mame
A Christmas Story
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Donovan's Reef
Drop Dead Fred
Fletch
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Gigi
Gizmo
The Great Race
Hatari!
How to Steal a Million
Koyaanisqatsi
Meatballs
My Fair Lady
North to Alaska
The Pirates of Penzance
The Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Sting
Support Your Local Sheriff
What's Up, Doc?
Young Frankenstein
Zorro, the Gay Blade

I imagine that some of these, like The Princess Bride, Raising Arizona and A Christmas Story would appear on many family's lists from our generation. But others, like A Funny Thing and What's Up, Doc? may be a little more unique to the Younces. Honestly, it's quite a mixed bag (ok, a little heavy on John Wayne.)

So next time you're wondering what to watch, give a Younce Family Classic a shot - you may be surprised - you may even like it.

What's on your family's list?

4 comments:

dävid said...

i'm ashamed to admit that the pulsipher list may be a bit more macabre... considering 5 boys and their interest in prison-gore.

i'd posit some of our classics are:
blood in, blood out
the boy who could fly
romper stomper (russell crowe's first movie, horrible)
fists of fury
flight of the navigator
goonies
robin hood prince of theives
somekind of wonderful
a christmas story
muppets take manhattan
mupptes christmas carol

Jenny said...

My Family Loves - Whats up Doc, we watched it all the time too. Great minds think alike. We also love Funny Girl, which may be too much Barbara for some.
I will definitly have to see some of the others. I will probably like them. We watched a lot of Disney too - Summer Magic is a great one if you can find it. Davids flight of the navigator is a great addition. Aahhh what memories.

I actually made Brad watch one of my younger favorites this last weekend. My nephew sent it to me for my birthday because his mom talks about how much we loved it when we were young. It was still very entertainng as an adult and soooo 80's - Hazel will probably love it - The Chipmunk Adventure.

John said...

My family's list also had a decidedly male bent. Our classics include:
Star Wars trilogy
Indiana Jones trilogy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And The Attack of the Killer Pizzas
Top Gun
Batman (Michael Keaton version)
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

I've still never seen A Christmas Story or Goonies, much to my wife's chagrin: they number #1 and #2 on her family's list.

Kari (Disco Mom) said...

Hilarious. Yes, Goonies, Top Gun and Star Wars are all excellent, too. Guess I'll skip Romper Stomper. I love the one token 80's chick flick on the Pulsipher list, Some Kind of Wonderful.

John, nice to see you here. I don't know how you've avoided #1 and #2 on the Jensen list for 6 years, you must be some slick-talking lawyer type or something.

Jenny, we've been related for just as long - 6 years - and see, we never knew we were both What's Up Doc-ers. Thank goodness for blogs.

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