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The Importance of Pop Culture: Keeping us social

generation-bridging films

As we get older, (yes we actually feel old mum and dad!) it appears that the greatest films ‘of all time’ are ones we still enjoy, even watch repeatedly, and still without ever tiring of them. We now find ourselves to be the parents of young adults and teens, with just a smattering of single-digit children( sorry girls to refer to you as a ‘smatter’). So, our newest age-related revelation seems to be that these great films are even better if they bridge generations.

One such film is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Our middle son loves it. And it’s not even a matter of us repeatedly watching it; he discovered it on his own. When he was younger, he found an old VHS copy and watched it over and over. Come to think of it, that’s how he came to love the Star Wars Holiday Special too!

He’s been asking to watch it with us for a couple days now; he could have watched it on his own but he seems to enjoy sharing his love. We think he really gets a kick watching the two of us laughing our buns off! The humour never gets old, especially between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. The action is always exciting even though we know how it’s going to play out.

It’s always been our favorite of the first three. Of course, the Crystal Skull never changed that assessment, although that film isn’t nearly as bad as the critics say, but we digress.

Generation-bridging Films

Watching the film got the Bradley-part of this parenting duo thinking about what other films bridge the gap the way The Last Crusade does. For our family anyway.

Star Wars, Star Trek, Spaceballs, Annie, and The Goonies are some classic examples for someone of our vintage. Go even further back and you’ll find that many families enjoy watching The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and Mary Poppins. More recent examples include The Incredibles, Moana, and Zootopia.

Thinking about films that bridge generations, ones that we enjoy with our children, got the Andie-part of this duo reflecting upon the importance of pop culture in today’s world. Especially when the art; be it Charlotte’s Web, Indiana Jones, or a moving piece of art (thinking here of Guernica by Pablo Picasso) provides a fertile ground for conversations, to connect with our children. Perhaps Pop Culture serves some ‘Sunday Night Dinner’ with the family function, one that keeps us connected.

Of course, generation-bridging films vary from family-to-family, in fact, even within the same family. We love films that our kiddos think are “weird and old-fashioned.” Meanwhile, our kiddos love some films that make us question their parentage. Honestly, who really likes Drive Angry?


What are the generation-bridging films in your family?
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One thought on “The Importance of Pop Culture: Keeping us social

  1. Interesting read! Films can be a great way to bridge the gap. It is interesting to sit down with my grandchildren and watch a movie together. Their perspective takes a way different direction than mind, but the opportunity to spend time together makes it all worthwhile.

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