Silver Spoons: Season 1
This week I have a very special trip down memory lane to 1982's "Silver Spoons." The first season is (finally!) out on DVD, so you can reacquaint yourself with the lovable 12-year-old Rick Stratton (Rick Schroeder) who surprises his wealthy, "kid at heart" single dad by going to live with him at his estate. Comedy ensues mostly in the form of Dad-acting-like-a-child jokes. Also, it's great fun to see the bajillion now-well-known actors who had recurring or guest parts on the show, including (but not limited to) Jason Bateman, Whitney Houston, Sharon Stone, Matthew Perry and Christina Applegate.
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I saw this movie one afternoon in a theater full of older folks, and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy it, many of them clucking afterwards over how "darling" it is. So, I'm guessing they might be the target audience for Miss Potter, though I liked it well enough, having grown up on Beatrix Potter's stories. Renee Zellweger plays Beatrix Potter, who had a remarkably interesting life: Being home schooled, she looked to her pets for friendship and felt strongly about protecting the environment. She became independently well-off by her own accord, writing and illustrating children's books. She became secretly engaged to her publisher (Ewan McGregor), since her parents disapproved of her marrying a man who worked for a living. The movie has a soft, gentle feel to it and is just the kind of comforting thing for, say, a day full of summer thunderstorms. Another reason to watch this: Ewan McGregor is positively adorable.
Bridge to Terabithia
I still maintain that the book version of Bridge to Terabithia is better than any movie could hope to be, but the movie is sweet enough for what it is. Fifth-grader Jesse Aarons feels lonely at school and at home, being an artistic boy in a family full of girls. When the independent and spirited Leslie moves in next door, however, Jesse's whole perspective changes. He finds a best friend in Leslie, and the two create their own imaginative world in the nearby woods. They call it Terabithia, and through their own creations they find ways to deal with school bullies and Jesse's gruff dad. Everything changes in one day, however, and Jesse has to learn how to re-imagine Terabithia by himself.