By NATALIA HAWK
There are plenty of reasons why I look forward to having kids. One of them being – family movie nights.
I can’t wait until the day that I have little ones, and I can start pulling out movies from my childhood to show them. There are so many movies throughout the ages that are timeless in their appeal and the invaluable lessons that they teach.
Here are nine of my favourites that I hope to share with my own daughters one day. Every single one contains vital life lessons that every girl needs to know before venturing out into the scary old world of high school and growing up.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this series of posts is sponsored by Disney Sleeping Beauty DVD. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
1. Dirty Dancing
Nobody puts Baby in a corner. That’s probably the only thing I have to say about Dirty Dancing, but I’ll continue to tell you how great it is anyway. It’s about a strong, brave, independent woman – a fighter – that encapsulates feminism in such an excellent way. There’s incredible styling, Patrick Swayze as Johnny is amazing, and it also features what is probably the most beautifully amazing dance scene of all time.
I watched Matilda approximately 48, 379 times during my childhood and loved every second of it. I loved that Matilda was just as obsessed with books as I was. I hated The Trunchbull and Mr and Mrs Wormwood passionately. I wanted Miss Honey to adopt me, too. It’s such a beautiful story, and so inspirational for any little girl who loves the idea of escaping into a magical alternative universe.
3. Now and Then
Now and Then often comes on as a midday movie, and the whole office has to stop what they’re doing and watch at least a bit of it. It covers the most timeless of teenage life lessons – from divorce to boob taping, first kisses and near-death experiences.
4. The Breakfast Club
It’s such a classic story – people who have nothing in common get together and realise that they have much more in common than they thought. And yet The Breakfast Club is SO MUCH MORE than that. It’s funny, it’s heart-warming and it’s smart. And despite being one of the iconic movies of the 80s, it’s just as relevant in 2014 as it was back then.
5. Sleeping Beauty