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Movies: Childhood vs. Adulthood Views
Topic by: Battie
Posted: November 27, 2009 - 1:28 AM PST
Last Reply: November 27, 2009 - 6:17 PM PST

author topic: Movies: Childhood vs. Adulthood Views
post #1  on November 27, 2009 - 1:28 AM PST  
So I wanted to watch a movie befitting Thanksgiving this evening (I find, weirdly, that I am more sentimental as I get older). I ended up watching Mrs. Doubtfire. I hadn't seen that movie since I was probably sixteen (beyond 10 minutes here and there while flipping channels).

And it was not entirely as I remembered it. Nothing changed in the movie. But as a kid, I remember Miranda (Sally Field) being a stone-cold bitch. Divorcing him was cruel, just for a little party, nevermind taking his kids. But as an adult(ish), that's not how I saw the character at all. I completely understood why she finally gave up and laid down a pretty ultimate boundary. Miranda had become his mother in the marriage, instead of his wife and partner.

I think I like my adult viewing better. Still an adorably silly movie, but just a teensy bit more complex than I once thought. (Certainly more complex than most fam-coms these days, indie aside.)

But it got me to wondering what other movies would seem different to me now, what I missed as a kid. Not just adult jokes (which I missed a few in Mrs. Doubtfire, too), but characterization or plot points.

You guys have any similar movie reversals?
post #2  on November 27, 2009 - 6:17 PM PST  
I think there would be quite a few movies that I find more interesting now then before. A large part of this is when a film has made some type of reference to another film that I haven't seen.

Gah... Taxi Diver... took years for me to get around to watching and after watching a number of other films fell into place for me. Really I had been cheating myself out on enjoying another layer in so many films.

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