As a kid I never shared movies with my parents – there just wasn’t much opportunity to see movies except on special occasions. Now movies are so much more accessible and the chances of parents and children bonding over a favourite film are much, much higher.
There is something about a good film that makes connections across the generations. It might be the nostalgia thing for parents – as their kids discover cartoons for the first time, parents relive their own childhood pleasure. Or it might just be a story that is so much fun and so classic that it appeals on many levels. In our house the star movie would probably be – “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die” – yep The Princess Bride.
But there are so many more out there. With school holidays upon us why not borrow a DVD, make the popcorn, buy in some ice-cream and cones, settle down on the sofa, dim the lights and have a family movie night.
What is your family’s favourite shared movie experience?