We all know the feeling of being away on holiday and wanting something good to watch, so I’ve done the hard work for you…
It is good to get out and about during your holiday, ensuring that you don’t miss any new experiences, taste the new dishes at swish restaurants and try new activities. But once that’s all done and dusted and you are back in your luxury lodge, tired after a full day of new adventures, it’s nice to sit back and relax with a good movie, so here is a list of great movies to watch while on holiday. Some these beauts take place in holiday camps back in the day, and others are just great stories to watch. A good movie can transport you back in time, take you to the future and even, sometimes, to a new world…
1. Little Miss Sunshine
An amazing movie, and truly one of my favourites of all time (I may say something like this a lot through this post…) A very touching and funny story about a family travelling across America to enter Olive into the Little Miss Sunshine beauty competition. There are a few swear words in this, so be careful around the kids folks. A great cast of characters, including a son who has taken a vow of silence and a dad who’s trying to sell a pyramid scheme. You’ll laugh and cry along right with them. A great summer watch.
2. The Great Outdoors
A Dan Akroyd and John Candy classic. Now I remember watching this as a kid, and it is still just as much fun as a (kind of) adult. A pair of brother-in-laws are forced to spend a camping holiday together, in the above cabin and they are totally different characters, one up-tight and snobby, the other relaxed and easy going (guess who’s who). The best moment is when the legendary bald-headed bear wants a fight, and gets one. A great laugh riot for all the family this one!
3. Super 8
A relatively new movie on my list, but well deserved. JJ Abrams has fast become one of my favourite directors (Star Trek and Star Wars? You can’t go wrong.) This movie takes place during an eventful summer, where a bunch of kids are shooting a zombie movie, on a super 8 film (get the title now?) and they accidentally catch an alien escaping on camera. So naturally they decide to play detective and find this alien, while dodging the government of course. I’m making it sound cheesy, but its actually pretty amazing, such a good watch!
4. A Walk To Remember
Now this is a proper teen-girl-coming of age story, from back in the days when Mandy Moore was a teeny bopper too. Its based on the book of the same name, and concerns a reverends daughter and the popular ‘bad boy’ in high school. How they effect each others lives in ways you couldn’t think of, it will make you cry so be fair warned here, but it is such a great story with a meaningful message. Definitely something to watch and enjoy with the loved ones in your life.
A great family friendly and fun movie for everyone to enjoy and laugh at. Bill Murry and Dan Akroyd at their best here guys, this is a classic film that surely doesn’t need to be described, and to be honest I’m not sure where to start – but I always wish Slimmer had a bigger role in the film like he did in the cartoons. And watch out for the Stay Puff mashmallow guy, I would be running towards him with a cup of hot chocolate…
6. Dirty Dancing
Come on say it with me ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner…’ an amazing summer time movie that takes place in a holiday camp during the 1950’s in America. Every time we watch it we are instantly transported into that world of Johnny and Baby, dancing and lakes and crazy parents… it’s just one of the best summer films out there. And we all secretly wish we had our own Patrick Swayze to teach how to dance like a pro in the space of a week!
7. The Goonies
This is a true family favourite, and we can all see why. It has the awkwardness of teen romance and crushes, the excitement of finding Willy’s treasure and the scariness of the baddies, it’s such an adventure following these wonderful kids, we all shout ‘Hey you Guys!’ with Sloth, this film needs no introduction. Lets all do the Truffle Shuffle and relive our youth!
8. Addams Family Values
The great sequel to the first Addams Family movie. In this one the kids, Wednesday and Pugsley are forced to go to summer camp, among other things going on with Uncle Fester throughout the movies too. My favourite bit of the movie is when Wednesday, Pugsely and their fairly normal friend, are locked in the Harmony Hut, and forced to watch Disney movies on repeat until they change their attitudes. (geeky fact here, Harmony from the TV show Buffy is also in this movie)fun and quirky family fun.
9. The Lego Movie
Another one worth mentioning is The Lego Movie, a recent hit with all ages, great fun and will make you take better care of your Lego. Emmet (who’s played by the amazing Chris Pratt) is just a construction worker, living the city, trying to fit in, everyone can relate. But then he meets Wildstyle and Vitruvius who convince him that he is the Special, and he goes on great adventures and meets Batman, Superman and loads of other Master Builders! This was such a fun movie, with a bit of a touching storyline too, genuinely great family fun and really made me want to buy some Lego (be prepared to sing ‘Everything is Awesome’ for about 2 weeks after…)
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie
I had to get at least one geeky movie in here…but this is the best one. Although it has vampires and creepy old guys in the movie, it really isn’t that scary at all. It’s definitely more funny, although I’m not sure it’s intended to be… But this is worth a watch as Buffy (Kirsty Swanson guys…) meets creepy Donald Sutherland and nothing is ever the same. She is the chosen one, and she will be the slayer, whether she likes it or not. Cheerleading will come second to killing those pesky funny-faced-foes! A great 80’s action and comedy to sit and have a giggle at. Maybe leave the little ones out though, just incase, Vampires can be pretty scary!
Happy Watching Ladies and Gents!
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