Everyone has those movies. The ones you can watch again and again for no good reason except that they’re great entertainment, even after multiple viewings. They may not be the best of all-time or box office hits, but when you catch a glimpse of one while channel surfing, you’re going to sit there and watch it. Even if it’s the fifteenth time and you know most of the lines by heart. These are just some of the movies I watch again and again:
The Parent Trap (1998)
Remember when Lindsay Lohan wasn’t a trainwreck? Her charm is on display in one of my favorite family films, the ’90s remake of The Parent Trap. I remember the summer before this movie came out I was also seeing previews for it on Movie Surfers on the Disney Channel, and it got me really excited for the movie. I’ve loved The Parent Trap ever since. There’s just something so incredibly fun about the concept- who didn’t want a twin sister after watching Annie and Hallie? (Or learn how to fence for that matter?) Plus it was set in summer camp, wine country, and London! The adults were also entertaining- the scheming, old Hollywood-vixen Meredith and the parents, Nick and Liz, played charismatically by Dennis Quaid and the late Natasha Richardson.
Remember the Titans (2000)
This movie is frequently cited as one of the greatest sports movies ever. The story follows an integrated football team in a small town in Virginia during the Civil Rights movement. The subject deals with race relations along with other issues, making the movie touching and inspirational. Remember the Titans isn’t all preachy though- the characters are fun and the soundtrack is full of upbeat Motown staples. Then there’s Denzel Washington- the man was made to be a movie star. As the head coach of the T.C. Williams Titans, he adds a certain gravitas to the film.
Legally Blonde (2001)
This is the movie that made Reese Witherspoon an overnight sensation. An actress without her magnetic quality would’ve made Legally Blonde a dull and predictable comedy. But Witherspoon, along with Luke Wilson and Jennifer Coolidge, is so likable and quick-witted, Legally Blonde is one of those rare formula movies done right. Even better, it’s a romantic comedy that is about more than landing the guy- Elle becomes her own person first, and that’s awesome. And did I mention its endlessly quotable? One of my favorites: “Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.”
Do you also enjoy these movies? Which movies do you constantly re-watch? Let me know in the comments!