I, like many other SMU students, spent my Spring Break at the beach. However, it was cold and rainy most days in Port Aransas, TX which meant my friends and I had to find ways to entertain ourselves indoors. We broke out some classic board games like Clue, Life and Twister, but the real fun came from watching movies that we haven’t seen in ages, but still knew every line. Here are five of these films that never get old.
1. “She’s the Man”
This one is obvious and has to be on every girl’s list of favorite chick flicks. Back before Amanda Bynes went a little crazy, she made great movies—and this one comes with the oh-so-handsome Channing Tatum, so it’s a win win. Along with Mean Girls, this has to be one of the most quotable movies of all time.
2. “Spy Kids”
It’s one of those movies that shaped our childhood. If you say you’ve never pretended to be Carmen or Juni and karate chop some thumb-thumbs, then you’re lying. In fact, I’m pretty sure Apple came up with the idea for their Apple Watch from Juni’s high-tech watch with every capability you could possibly imagine (except for the fact that it couldn’t tell time).
3. “Step Up”
The acting is horrible but the dancing is great, which is how they can get away with making five movies in the series. It’s a love-hate relationship, you see. You want to punch the actors in the face when they speak, but you can’t stop yourself from dancing in your chair along with them.
4. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”
The tale of a true American hero, Paul Blart is actually quite intense for what seems to be a children’s movie. There’s a lot more blood and violence than you’d imagine, but it’s still full of the slapstick comedy that makes it a goofy, cheesy, lovable comedy. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it is a great movie, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me laugh.
5. “Shark Tale”
When was the last time you’ve seen or even heard about the movie Shark Tale? That was my thought exactly. Watching this movie brought back so many childhood memories, but watching it as an adult was a completely new experience. This movie is basically about the mafia and has metaphors of being gay and accepting that. It surprisingly has a great cast, too, with Will Smith, Renée Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Jack Black and Martin Scorsese. My friends and I were dying at the references that we never would have picked up on as kids and really enjoyed every minute of it.