5 Days of Finchnwren’s Fabulous Family Movies–Day 4, Date Night

movie blog hop picmonkeyWelcome to Day 4 of 5 days of Finchnwren’s Fabulous Family Movies!  Today I’d like to share with you some of Murphy’s and my favorite date night movies.

The wild ride our family has been on for the past 2+ years has caused our date nights to be less out in the community and more in the home.  Special movie nights, though they’ve been few and far between, have given us time together….and we often pick our favorites for these.  Here they are, in no particular order!

March 2012 061Recently we rediscovered The Princess Bride.  (Jackson actually watched it with us, but we fast-forwarded Westley’s near-demise in the Pit of Despair.)  Giants….swordsmen…The Cliffs of Insanity….true love…..most of you are familiar with this one!   I won’t go into the details, except to share some of our favorite lines (courtesy of IMDb.com):

  •  Miracle Max: Go away or I’ll call the Brute Squad.Fezzik: I’m on the Brute Squad.Miracle Max: [sees Fezzik] You *are* the Brute Squad!
  • Westley: Hear this now: I will always come for you.Buttercup: But how can you be sure?Westley: This is true love – you think this happens every day?

I’ve deeply loved Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Sarah, Plain and Tall for years.  Jacob , a Midwest farmer, excels as a grieving widower with two children who advertises for a mail-order bride.  Spinster Sarah Wheaton of Maine answers his ad for someone who can “make a difference.”  This quiet, sweet movie wraps itself around your heart before you know it has.  The excellent cast never puts a foot wrong.  I have to admit, when I first saw Sarah, Plain and Tall, Jacob’s red-headed son Caleb absolutely stole my heart…..back in the day when I was single and didn’t know I’d ever have a son.  It’s from the book by Patricia MacLachlan, and for once I didn’t have an argument with the way the filmmakers translated the book into the movie!  I won’t include my favorite quote because it will give away the ending.  You’ll know when you reach it though; it includes the word “pesky.”  🙂

My third date night fave is really a movie for children.  But I don’t have daughters, and there are some mature moments that, IMO, make this one a better choice for grownups.  Just be forewarned; there is a LOT of singing.  Which I love, but Finch reminded me the other day that not everybody is a musicals fan!  Enchanted is definitely one of the most creative ideas Disney has had.  Innocent, pure heroine Giselle first lives in the fairy-tale (and 2D-animated) land of Andalasia.  When Prince Edward rescues her and proposes, his evil stepmother devises a plan to send Giselle away.  (After all, she doesn’t want to relinquish her power when Edward weds.)  So Giselle is sent away from her animated fairy-tale world….and ends up in real-life Manhattan!  To say that she is not prepared for life in the “real” world is an understatement.  Gorgeous costuming, delightful (sometimes funny) songs and interesting interactions with the real-life characters Giselle meets carry the movie along to a fairy-tale ending.  Spoiler warning:  we do NOT like the queen (who, naturally, since this is a Disney flick, is an evil sorceress) and fast-forwarded most of her scenes, especially the showdown ending.  Amy Adams glows as Giselle and James Marsden makes a winning Edward.  Patrick Dempsey and Idina Menzel populate the Manhattan cast, and the four combine delightfully as the two vastly different worlds collide.  The songs and dancing are fabulous.

My last date-night flick is probably my most favorite:  the BBC’s 1996 version of Pride and Prejudice.  Yes, I know it’s six hours long (so you probably won’t finish it in one date night); but Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle are the consummate Darcy and Elizabeth.  (I do also love Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility and Emma, but we love P&P the best!)  Girl meets man, man insults girl, man falls in love with girl, girl rebuffs man…..and then many twists and turns occur as they both realize their mistaken pride and prejudice against each other.  We watch this again and again.  Even Jackson will watch a bit of this one with us; he is always entertained by Mrs. Bennet’s “ninnyish” behavior.  We’re always delighted with this wonderful film and it remains our favorite version of P&P, though there are many out there.

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Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story ~ Making Homeschooling Fun! – Fun ‘n Games!

Marcy @ Ben and Me ~ Helping Children in Uganda – Love Hopes

Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds HappinessInternational Meals – U.S. Chicken Fried Steak (Recipe)

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Joanie @ Simple Living Mama ~ 5 Days of Charlotte Mason Preschool – Teaching Reading, Handwriting, and Math

Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas ~ A Happy, Peaceful Home Quick Tips

Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses ~ FREE Language Arts Resources for Homeschool

And if you’d like to see what over 60 Crew bloggers are writing about this week, just go to the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog!!


Enjoy!  –Wren




6 thoughts on “5 Days of Finchnwren’s Fabulous Family Movies–Day 4, Date Night

    • Marcy did you ever read the book? William Goldman wrote it. If you can even imagine this, it’s even funnier than the movie!

  1. Our older kids understand the humor of Princess Bride – but the younger ones just think it’s weird. 🙂 You’ve given some really great movie ideas this week! I’m writing some of them down for our Sunday Family Movie nights!!

  2. I watched part of Pride and Prejudice recently, with my daughter. I really want to watch the rest and pull out the book again.

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