When You Have Several Thousand Free Hours in Front of You, Movies Seem Suddenly More Magical

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  1. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Mr. Holland's Opus, October Sky and Mrs. Doubtfire spring to mind.

  2. monica says:

    Nanny McPhee is adorable.
    The twilight series is what my daughter lives for these days – but she is 12 going on 13.

  3. geewits says:

    These are PG and PG-13 but I think she will like:
    The Horse Whisperer
    Now and Then
    The Babysitter's Club
    and one my daughter went crazy for when she was young:
    Big Business – which stars Bette Midler, your doppleganger!
    She'll love that one (it also involves twin sisters)

  4. unmitigated me says:

    Addams Family Values! Hilarious for every age, and it has Wednesday and Pugsley at camp.

    Snotty Girl: Is THAT your bathing suit?

    Wednesday: Is THAT your overbite?

    Plus Joan Cusack, who just slays me in this film.

  5. Becky Cazares says:

    I didn't watch many movies at 11, but if I had, I think these would have been favorites:
    Anne of Green Gables
    Wallace and Gromit
    Chronicles of Narnia
    Princess Bride
    Count of Monte Cristo
    Sixteen Candles
    Better Off Dead

    Hope that helps!

  6. Meg says:

    Pretty in Pink (maybe she'll love the music and you'll be happy, too!); Goonies; Matilda (Rhea Perlman & Danny DeVito as Mr & Mrs Wormwood!)West Side Story; Grease might be pushing the envelope a bit….

  7. Meg says:

    Oh, wait – what about Harold & Maude? A little dark, but so funny and poignant.

  8. Shieldmaiden96 says:

    I have to second Addams Family Values. If you need convincing check out the Thanksgiving play from the movie on You Tube.

    I have Meatballs memorized. End to end. "IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER! IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!" Oh, I need to put it in my Netflix queue. I haven't seen it in a while.

  9. Jeni says:

    Definitely would recommend "Better Off Dead!" All three of my kids loved that movie and I think all three of 'em still have many of the lines memorized from it too!

  10. lime says:

    i'm way better with books but of the suggestions i saw on FB and here i'd second…

    princes diaries
    princess bride
    mrs doubtfire
    addams family values
    anne of green gables, which is a series that is quite true to the books and really nicely done
    wallace and gromit

    i do like whale rider too

  11. choochoo says:

    oh, you made me want to sit down and watch movies. To bad I don't have the time right now. When I was a kid, I loved Molly Ringwald movies. Any Molly Ringwald movies. lol.

  12. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    The Princess Bride! She must see it! And The Goonies. What About Bob (Bill Murray).

  13. About Me says:

    Poison Ivy – 1985 movie with Michael J. Fox and Nancy McKeon (sp?)


  14. Becky Cazares says:

    Ooh, ooh, just thought of one she'll LOVE. Move this one to the Top of your Queue!

    Fly Away Home


  15. secret agent woman says:

    Not really my area, since I just have boys. But "A Far Off Place" was wonderful – my kids liked it, but so did I. It has a young Reece Witherspoon. And possibly Beetlejuice. And I agree with Lime about "The Whale Rider."

  16. ds says:

    I second (or third, or fourth) Mrs. Doubtfire, The Princess Bride and The Whale Rider, which is a beautiful movie. And because I believe it to be a parent's duty to expose her children early to 1970's British humour, thereby corrupting them for life, how about Monty Python and the Holy Grail (why do I think that Paco would quote that endlessly)? Yes, the CS was warped at an early age–and her cousins even earlier.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What about Bad News Bears, the older version? Tatum ONeil is in that one too. We liked October Sky as well (about rockets and mining). I remember watching Herbie the love bug at that age. I think there are newer versions out too.
    Goonies and Babysitter club also are fun.

    Safe travels! Julie

  18. Lady Christina says:

    Fly Away Home…Absolutely a wonderful movie for her age, and my daughter's age…and my age…

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