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February 11, 2014
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Before I became a mom of triplets, I used to do things like see crazy movies and make lists for the paper (Sick Chick Flicks, circa 2008). But now, since I rarely get out as much as I used to - and when I do, I'm not so much seeing violent action thrillers - I've been forced to make you a different kind of list. One that is depressingly out of date and quite kid-friendly. Not only have I discovered that I'm watching more kids movies, I've also learned that my tolerance for stress-inducing dramas and thrillers has been reduced to almost nil. So, here's my lamer, tamer list of romance for Valentine's Day.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' This is a movie I think I've seen almost into the hundreds at this point. It's a great movie for kids and adults, and I can say that with a straight face, since I have large swaths of it memorized. 

It follows the shenanigans of fiendish backyard-tinkerer Flint Lockwood, as he strives to invent something that will help his gray little town. But most of Flint's inventions fall far short of being helpful, until he strikes upon the idea of turning water into food with the Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator (or the FLDSMDFR). It seems like another failed experiment when it gets shot up into the stratosphere in a catastrophic accident that leaves him at odds once more with the townsfolk and Flint's father. But unlike his other endeavors, the FLDSMDFR works, and Swallow Falls experiences a cheeseburger rainstorm, reported live on television by weather intern Sam Sparks on her reporting debut.

The movie is funny, fast, and leaves you with all manner of good feelings in the end. The science is a little iffy. You will still be seeing new things after your second or third time. (I think I have figured out which character had the macaroni drop on his head).

Yes, I am aware the sequel to this movie is out. No, I haven't seen it. I'm legally obligated not to see new movies until they are woefully out of date (i.e. when they come out on Netflix).

Shrek' 

For those of you who live further under a rock than I do, Shrek' is an ogre who lives in a fairy-tale world of gingerbread men, fairy god mothers and talking donkeys. Trouble is stirred up when Lor dFarquad, in an attempt to make his land perfect, attempts to kick them all out. Shrek, who wants nothing more than to be left alone, finds himself in the role of unlikely hero rescuing princess Fiona from her tower and the dragon.

Because a movie about big green ogres defying societal norms and falling in love is awesome. It just is, and the kids can dance to all the music and I get to have a chuckle at the same time.

Tangled'

This is actually as close as I get to a new movie.  This Disney movie follows Rapunzel, who has super-long hair that is infused with a magical healing power gifted by the sun. A witch, Gothel, stole Rapunzel from her parents to keep herself forever young. But when Rapunzel's 18th birthday rolls around, she is intent on seeing the release of the lanterns that occurs at the nearby kingdom. Her witch-turned-mother refuses her request, telling her that it's much too dangerous.

It doesn't seem like she can break away until a charming rogue breaks into her tower while avoiding the palace guards and Rapunzel persuades him to take her to see the lanterns. And in between adventures they fall for each other. Love!

Probably in a few more years I'll be back to seeing new releases. But until then, I'll be enjoying the reruns and warm and fuzzy movies that don't raise my blood pressure.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:09

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