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Movies That Will Get You in the Mood for Spring
It's been a long winter for most of the country, and now that spring is finally here, I'm going to encourage you to stay indoors and watch movies that make up my list of essential movies to watch in the spring. Hopefully, they will then encourage you to get outside and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. Here are 10 of my picks for the best spring movies you can watch over the course of the next few months.
- The Sound of Music – It helps that ABC and ABC Family have been playing this movie at Easter time for the past few years, but what really puts me in the spring mood is the mountain landscapes and grassy fields. The kids are all outside playing and singing, reminding me that I can once again go outside without a coat, gloves and hat.
- The Secret Garden – Nothing says spring like flowers, and this movie has plenty of them. The tone of this movie starts out dreary and dead, and, like our hero Mary Lennox, transforms into a sunny and colorful landscape thanks to all of the budding plants.
- Finding Neverland – This movie really has nothing to do with spring, but one year, I got the DVD in my Easter basket so it makes the list. There are more scenes of children frolicking in the garden and the forest as well as colorful images that evoke that spring feeling.
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – John Hughes’ classic 80’s tale takes place towards the end of the school year with the student escapees cruising the streets of Chicago while their classmates are stuck indoors. Graduation is just around the corner, and the unknown world of college life looms in the distance. Instead of highlighting new beginnings as spring tends to do, it shows how spring can symbolize the end of something. In this case, it’s the end of dodging your school principal as he tries to creep on your angry sister.
- Orange County- Keeping with the teen theme, this movie takes place in mid- April with college preoccupying mos of Shaun Brumder’s thoughts. In a town where every day is summer, you can see how these beach kids take advantage of their warm spring weather but still have the same concerns as those of us who live in a four season town.
- Jane Austen Book Adaptations (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma) –If you’re craving more images of the English countryside after watchingThe Secret Garden, pop in one of these films to get your fix of sun and flowers. Stripped of modern day distractions, it’s easier to focus on how the characters in these movies interact with each other and their simple but beautiful environments.
- The Princess Bride – This colorful adventure story awakens the magical spirit of spring. Just like the little boy listening in bed, we are transported to this faraway land full of mythical figures and magical places, expanding our imaginations so that when we do venture outdoors, we seek out adventures of our own.
- Chocolat – There aren’t too many movies about Easter, let alone the 40 days of Lent, but here is one. There’s more chocolate eating than a Willy Wonka movie, despite the religious restrictions imposed upon the townspeople. Spring is a time to bend the rules and go crazy, and these characters run with that premise, even if it is behind closed doors.
- My Girl 2 – Taking place during her Spring Break, Vada Sultenfuss is off on an adventure across the country to Los Angeles, far from her familiar, comfortable life in Philadelphia. Unlike the rest of us, who spent our Spring Break catching up on our favorite TV shows and putting off homework, Vada does something extraordinary with her time off and comes into the Spring of her own life, inspiring us to do the same, or at least watch her do her thing.
- Forrest Gump – Forrest Gump is an outdoorsy guy. He likes to run, cut grass and sit in trees, giving us real world ideas about what we can do now that the weather is finally warm. He is an ambassador of spring and makes us ready to take off our boots and slip on a brand new pair of Nikes.