Monday, November 26, 2012

Top 5 Guilty Pleasures - Movies

You know we all have them right? Those movies that you inexplicably enjoy but you have a little twinge of embarrassment if someone found out. Those movies that you will not buy a DVD of (and if you bought it, you may not put it out for all to see), but you would gladly spend two hours of your life re-watching when it pops up on your TV. Those movies that you will not pretentiously dissect in detail, but in secret know the majority of the dialogue.

Well hide no more I say!  I will reveal my top five guilty pleasure movies to all five of my loyal followers starting now (in no particular order since I'm too embarrassed to say which one gives me the most pleasure in watching)...

Guilty Movie:  Overboard (1987)
Real quick synopsis: Rich, bitchy woman who treats her widowed carpenter poorly gets amnesia. Widowed carpenter convinces rich, bitchy, amnesiac woman that she is his wife and mother to his four boys. The rest as they say is classic Hollywood happy ending.  
Best casting: Goldie Hawn as rich, bitchy, amnesiac woman and Kurt Russell as widowed carpenter.
Line that makes me laugh for no explicable reason:  "You're that sweaty carpenter"
Line that makes me cry for no explicable reason:  "You said moms don't leave!"

Guilty Movie:  Dirty Dancing (1987)
dirty dancing
Real quick synopsis:  Rich girl goes to catskills and falls for the 'dirty' dance instructor.
Best casting: Patrick Swayze as the 'dirty' dance instructor.
Line that will forever be iconic: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
Scene that I can watch over and over: The climactic final dance scene to "Time of your Life" (especially the Swayze's solo dancing scene)

Guilty Movie:  Three Amigos (1986)
Three Amigos
(Orion Pictures)
Real quick synopsis:  Three unemployed actors thinking they accepted an offer to recreate their bandit fighter roles are actually hired to save a village for real.  
Best casting:  Martin Short as Ned Nederlander
Best line not said by the Three Amigos: El Guapo - "Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?"
Best scene: The Three Amigos sitting around the fire singing "Blue Shadows on the Trail" (the turtle at the end gives this scene the extra oomph to guilty pleasure territory)

Guilty Movie:  Steel Magnolias (1989)
Steel Magnolias
(TriStar Pictures)
Real quick synopsis:  Chick flick set in a southern town - hair, weddings, romance and death!
Best casting:  Shirley MacLaine as Quiser and Olympia Dukakis as Clairee
Best line:  "Quiser could never stay mad at me; she worships the quicksand I walk on."
Best scene of scenery chewing I ever did see:  The graveyard scene (Sally Field is the queen of scenery chewing, but she does it so well)

Guilty movie:  Red Dawn (1984)
Red Dawn 1984
Best casting:  Patrick Swayze (as usual)
Best line:  "Wolverines!"
Clue that I've seen this movie too many times:  Noticing that during Patrick Swayze's crying scene a 'snot bubble' comes out of the Swayze's nose and goes back in! Proof that Patrick Swayze was the most authentic cryer on the silver screen. 
Best scene that is so bad, it makes the movie that good:  C. Thomas Howell's Robert going all Rambo in his final scene and dying in a hail of gunfire. 

I just noticed all my guilty movies were in the 1980s and two of them starred Patrick Swayze. Which makes me conclude that the 1980s were an awesome time in guilty pleasure movies and Patrick Swayze rocks!

Do you have any guilty pleasure movies?  Don't be ashamed to share it here-all are welcomed.


  1. "Overboard" is up there for me plus "Red Dawn"! What about "Porky's" or "Revenge of the Nerds"? I can't believe you put "Steel Magnolias"! That movie is just plain annoying!!!

    1. Forgot about Revenge of the Nerds...for some reason whenever I see Steel Magnolias on TV I can't help watching it again! Call me crazy. I don't think I can watch Porky's again and again.

  2. I have never seen Three Amigos, but it's popped up in books and blogs about a dozen times in the last week. I think it's a sign that I need to pop some popcorn.

    1. Get thee to your popcorn bucket - even if this movie is over 20 years old, it still is hilarious!

  3. wow Rose - never seen the other 4 only dirty dancing!

    1. What? You are my fellow child of the 80s! I think you would like some of these other movies. Check them out.


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