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Writer's Block: I'm off to see the wizard

Are there any movies that you absolutely loved when you were younger that you've watched again and found awful or ridiculous?

The movies that immediately spring to mind for me are Home Alone 1 and 2. As a kid, I found them to be pretty entertaining, but then again, children are easily amused by physical humor and other forms of "low" comedy. Don't get me wrong, I still find physical humor in cartoons to be entertaining, but there's something rather unsettling to me about excessive cartoon violence being carried out on live-action human beings. The smug, upper-crust parents in the movie also annoy the hell out of me.
In the same vein, I also enjoyed Dumb and Dumber when I was a preteen, but the movie has since lost its charm.
On the other hand, I'm almost afraid to go back and re-watch some of my favorite childhood movies. In particular, some of Don Bluth's pre-1990 films. And I'm wary because I've a little more emotionally vulnerable as I've become older. As a young kid, I could sit completely dry-eyed through a certain scene in the original Land Before Time, but now, some 20 years later, the same scene would cause a sob-fest. Some scenes in All Dogs Go To Heaven would probably become tearjerkers as well.


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May. 17th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
I liked Home Alone and Dumb and Dumber when I was a kid too. I recently bought Home Alone 2. I agree that there's too much violence in kids' movies but I think Home Alone 2 appeals to me because it's set over Christmastime (I love Christmas!) and also because it's set in New York City so there is a lot of interesting scenery.

Dumb and Dumber doesn't really do it for me: I'm not interested in seeing that one again! It's one of those movies that's really funny the first time, really dumb the second time.

My favorite moves when I was a kid were Gremlins and Neverending Story. It seems that I watched one or the other at every sleep-over I went to.
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