I saw this Childhood Film Blogathon hosted by LetsGoToTheMovies7 via Twitter and I just had to take part. My favourite films from my childhood aren’t all necessarily child-friendly but I still love these films today and the majority of them I watch over and over again. I managed to keep it to my five favourite childhood films but there are a few honourable mentions at the end.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
This film! When you say “Robin Hood” Kevin Costner and this film is what immediately comes to mind. I love the action, I love the love story and how Marion is pretty strong and resourceful, I love the humour and I love all the relationships between all the characters – especially Robin and Azeem.
Sister Act (1992)
Sister Act is just so much fun! I love Whoopi Goldberg in it, I love all the characters and the songs are great too. My favourite moment is when the choir suddenly switched from a traditional sound to a more upbeat style and everyone’s shocked. I’ll still watch Sister Act whenever it’s on TV.
Pretty Woman (1990)
A film about a prostitute probably wasn’t the most child-friendly film to grow up watching but oh well! This film started my love of Julia Roberts and today I can quote so much of it. “Slippery little suckers” and “Big Mistake. Big. Huge!” are a part of my everyday lexicon.
This is another film that I’ll still watch today whenever I see it on TV. In a weird way I think it taught me about heaven and hell or at least the different things that could happen to you if you were good or bad. The shadow monsters and the sounds they made as they dragged a person away really scared me as a child but it was the trio of Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg and Demi Moore that made me love the film – especially the humour from Whoopi Goldberg.
This really isn’t a child-friendly film. It’s rated 18, is incredibly violent and has a lot of shooting and blood. I’m pretty sure my mum would start the film for me after Murphy had become Robocop because him getting shot to near death is not something you want a five year old watching. I don’t watch Robocop much as an adult but I do still like the story a lot.
Honourable mentions go to Dirty Dancing (1987) my mum used to lift my like Patrick Swayze lifted Jennifer Grey when I was little, 101 Dalmatians (1996) for being the first film I remember seeing at the cinema, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) for making me know Arnold Schwarzenegger as Arnold Schwarzekitty, and The Lion King (1994) my favourite animated Disney film.