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Movies I Can’t Resist Watching

There are certain movies you just can’t click past when they’re on TV. Some you’re not so proud of, others are classics. But no matter what, if you see them on TV, you stop and watch, even if you don’t have the time to sit and watch the same movie again for the 400th time. Chances are, said movies are replayed on TBS, TNT, IFC, or FX on a Saturday afternoon. You should be adulting or paying attention to your children, but instead, you’re deeply invested in a movie you already know every word to and probably isn’t really that great. But it doesn’t matter. You must. watch. now.

Here are the first three movies that popped into my head:

Twister:
Movies You Can't Click Past
Listen, I know Twister is not a great movie, but I am not ashamed of my love for this disaster of a disaster movie. It’s got natural disasters, Bill Paxton, Phillip Seymour Hoffman doing things like this:

It also has a cow and another cow. No, wait. That was the same cow. If there was a Twister II: Twisters Never Sleep, I’d watch it. But only if Bill Paxton was in it.

The Great Outdoors:
40% on Rotten Tomatoes, 100% awesome. The Great Outdoors isn’t John Candy’s finest work. It’s definitely not Dan Aykroyd ‘s best. Right Dan?

It still makes me laugh. “Big. Big bear. Big bear chase.” It’s predictable and campy, but aren’t most 80’s movies? Any time we drive through a small lakeside town, I think of this movie. And I wish there were still spots like that to go for family vacations. It used to be aired over and over again on TBS, but they’ve seemed to steer away from showing lots of great 80’s films. I’m not sure why, but it could just be that I’m old and don’t realize that kids these days would rather watch Mean Girls over and over again. Or whatever it is they show a lot on tv lately. Hashtag out of touch.

Maverick:
I haven’t seen Maverick on tv lately, and I can’t find it streaming anywhere anymore, which is sad because it’s a great movie. Heck, it even gets a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 71% audience score. That’s pretty darn high for my tastes, you guys. But Maverick has fantastic costumes and sets/locations, brilliant cast, and it’s just damn fun.

And can you beat pre-insane Mel Gibson in those tight riverboat gambler pants? No, you can’t. Add in James Garner (the original, and arguably handsomer-as-Maverick) and it’s just good times all around. You gotta, know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em…

There are a dozen other movies I want to add to this list already (Overboard, I’m looking at you), but I’m trying to reign myself in (cough, Home Alone, cough.) I shouldn’t mention movies like The Hangover or pretty much anything by John Hughes, too, because then this list would never end. Especially if I started in with A League of Their Own and Remember the Titans. Pretty soon you’d start thinking this is how I live my life 24/7.

And you wouldn’t be far off.

But I’ll stop now, because I want to know what movies YOU can’t click past. Leave a comment and let’s discuss! 

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  • Reply Melissa June 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    oh man, I love Maverick! I have never seen The Great Outdoors.

    For me in the past year it’s been Pitch Perfect because it is always on. Also Forrest Gump, any older Adam Sandler movie, any Simon Pegg movie. I am sure there’s more!

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