It’s summer, and you know what that means: overcoming movies without guilt! After more than a year full of nervous lodgings and the absence of an eventful summer 2020, for most people, the least we can do is sit back, relax, watch a good period movie, and fall into their arms. of nostalgia (even of times many of us weren’t even alive to witness). Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, because listed below are fifteen universally admired throwback movies that are available on Disney +.
1. Weird Friday
This film starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis is a classic from the 2000s that is based on the 1976 film of the same name. The film follows a mother (Curtis) and daughter (Lohan) seeing each other’s lives from each other’s shoes … literally. After going to a Chinese restaurant one night and admitting that they cannot see each other face to face, both Ana (Lohan) and Tess (Curtis) wake up the next morning in each other’s body, where they will spend some time, and They learn a very important lesson about judging others from the outside. While this movie may be unrealistic, for reasons other than the plot itself, it is definitely a must see / review movie for the incredible acting from both Lohan and Curtis, and for the undeniable mother-daughter connection they both carry.
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This’ 80s hit begins with Madison (Daryl Hannah), a mermaid, saving Allen (Tom Hanks), a human, from drowning. The two are separated for twenty years until Madison comes back to look for him, which causes them to find love. However, a dilemma arises when Allen has to decide whether sacrificing his life as a human is worth it to be with the woman he loves. Also, an evil scientist is added that causes even more trouble. However, keep in mind that this movie can be naughty at times. So if you’re not a fan of cheese, this movie may not be for you.
3. Three men and a baby
This late 1980s classic comedy, based on the 1985 French film Trois Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle), follows three single men (Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson) as they find a baby in the doorstep and try to care for him through drug deals, work problems, and their own personal love lives. Three Men and a Baby is a great movie for any age, especially if you like babies.
4. While you were sleeping
Do you want to go back to the 90s for two hours? This movie, starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, is perfect for it. Lucy (Bullock), a public transportation worker, saves her longtime crush, Peter, from an oncoming train. After he is hospitalized and falls into a coma, his family believes that Lucy is his fiancée, so they take her into their home. However, the situation is complicated when Lucy falls in love with Peter’s brother, Jack (Pullman). If you like simplistic romance, this is a great movie for you and can provide you with an absorbing two hours.
5. Return to Oz
This Wizard of Oz sequel follows Dorothy as she is dragged back to the land of Oz and discovers that the Emerald City is in ruins. After discovering that the devastation is due to the coming to power of an evil empire, Dorothy does everything possible to free her locked friends, the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow, as well as to save the city from further destruction. . If you are a fan of The Wizard of Oz, this movie is a great choice for you.
6. Miracle on 34th Street
This Christmas classic from 1947 features a man (Edmund Gwenn) who is interned after claiming to be Santa Claus and a lawyer (John Payne) who defends him in court. This heartwarming movie will make you cry and laugh at times.
7. 20,000 leagues of underwater travel
After a professor (Paul Lukas) and his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre) take on the mission of uncovering the truth behind reports of a sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean and ending up stranded in the area of the bay, they are invited to an expedition to search for said monster. This iconic film, based on a book of the same name and released in 1954, was Disney’s first successful attempt at the science fiction genre and has been singled out as one of Disney’s best live-action films, which is a well deserved title.
Two decades after Mickey Mouse debuted in Crazy Plane, the first Fantasia was released, which was Walt Disney’s successful experiment to create animation suitable for all audiences, not just children. This film is a collection of animated versions of highly regarded Western classical music (eg The Rite of Spring, originally composed by Igor Stravinsky). Fantasia became so popular that, sixty years later, the 2000 version was released. If you are a fan of Mickey Mouse or just like classic works, this movie is for you and is sure to transport you back to the early 20th century. .
9. The sound of music
A touching and toned story based on the real life of the singers of the Von Trapp Family, one of the best-known concert groups in the world in the immediate pre-WWII era. The film is about a young Austrian woman, Baronin (Julie Andrews), who studies to be a nun in Salzburg in 1938 and is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be a governess to her peer children. After bringing love and music into the life of the family through kindness and patience, Baronin marries the officer and, together with the children, they find a way to survive the loss of their homeland through the courage and faith. This iconic 1965 film is ideal to watch with family or even friends.
10. Hocus Pocus
This 1993 comic fantasy stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler as a trio of witches, the Sanderson sisters, who are resurrected by Max, a teenage boy who, along with his little sister and her crush on all life, defies the legend of the sisters. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the three teenagers embark on a mission to stop the witches from becoming immoral. Although we did not particularly like this movie, it is a great shock, especially for Halloween.
11. Remember the Titans
Set in Virginia in 1971, Remember the Titans is about a football team that has to learn, for the first time, to deal with racial diversity, not just at school but on the field. Soccer players are not the only ones who have to overcome their diversity and work together. Coaches also find themselves in conflict when coach Bill Yoast is forced to step down as head coach and be replaced by Herman Boone (Denzel Washington). The team learns to accept each other and to work together, but the rest of the school and the city do not accept the new brotherhood so quickly on the soccer field. This film, based on a true story, demonstrates the ability of a people to overcome prejudices and work as a team. This movie is not just for sports fans; anyone of any age can learn something from it.
12. The Princess Diaries
This 2000s film series follows a shy 16-year-old Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) on her journey after her mother reveals that she is related to a member of the Royal Family from a small European country. Genovia. From laughs to tears, this movie is a huge throwback for teens today.
13. Pirates of the Caribbean
The film series follows a pirate, Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp), and blacksmith Will Turner (played by Orlando Bloom) on their quest across the seas for Elizabeth Swann (played by Keira Knightley). In the first movie, Jack attempts to retrieve the infamous Black Pearl ship. The duo save Swann and meet an unexpected twist when he discovers that the Black Pearl’s current crew are cursed like the undead for stealing the cursed treasure. This movie is without a doubt one of the most beloved pirate movies and is worth watching as a throwback.
The movie Avatar is about Jake Sully, a former US Marine paralyzed from the waist down. He is selected to participate in a mission in the distant world of Pandora after his twin brother Tommy is killed during a robbery. There, Parker Selfridge orders him to extract valuable minerals scattered around the Pandora forest in exchange for an operation on his legs. Jake uses an avatar identity, which allows him to communicate with the Na’vi people. In this body, you have the opportunity to walk again. He learns the language and culture to infiltrate the Na’vi people and gather information for his superior, but instead falls in love with the forest and a Na’vi named Neytiri. Jake’s bond with the native Pandora tribe for a period of three months changes him. He loses sight of his initial goal and begins to have trouble differentiating between what is real and what is a dream. Later, Jake plans to stay in his avatar character and go against his colonel, who wants to exterminate the Na’vi people. This movie is great to watch again, as it shaped many of the childhoods of today’s teens.
15. High School Musical
This series of films is not unknown to any current teenager. Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tislade and many more, this film / musical follows Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Hudgens) on their journey of becoming a couple and dealing with relationship obstacles such as school and a “villainous” drama queen named Sharpay (Tisdale). High School Musical is not just a movie but also a time capsule and is definitely a must see type of movie / series.
You know what they say: some movies are so good that you have to watch them over and over again. Sometimes movies remind you of a time period that you missed, or allow you to experience a time that you never got to. Disney has shaped generations of kids and it’s always good to rewatch movies from when your life may have been a little simpler. Hopefully the 15 movies listed above will motivate you to indulge in rewatching them whenever you’re bored this summer.