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What your Favorite Movie Says About You

Updated on July 23, 2011

What makes a movie your favorite?

If you are an avid moviegoer, you probably have your favorite genre. You may enjoy romantic comedies or dramas or maybe you’ll just see any movie that has Keanu Reeves in it. Oh wait, that’s me. But I digress.

Whatever your favorite genre, there will always be a little tally going on in the back of your head like, oh I’ll give that movie a 6 but it wasn’t nearly as good as the comedy I saw last month. It may have nothing to do with the actors at all, or it may be the actors were definitely what brought it down a couple of notches. It might be the plot. Or it just might be the stars have aligned to bring together just the right plot with just the right actors to make it really shine.

Everyone has different ideas on what makes a movie good. It’s really a subjective thing.Your favorite movie is one that makes you want to see it over and over again. Yes, you probably enjoy the acting, but something about the plot usually engenders some warm feeling inside that is comforting. The movie is the same time after time. You know how the characters are going to react in every scene. You might even know the dialog word for word. The ending is not going to change. Part of the comfort in watching the movie is that you know for sure how it ends. You might laugh or shed a couple of tears over the same scene. You might even skip parts of it just to get to your favorite scene. (“Here’s looking at you, kid”).

I have friends who watch Steel Magnolias in a yearly boohoo fest, but once was enough for me. A movie just has to end right, and if someone dies, I just can’t do that over and over again. Yes, I know Old Yeller was also a tear jerker, but I can’t watch that one over and over again either.(I even have to go out of the room when I know someone else is watching it for the first time.

Okay—now my favorite Top 5. Movies I can (and have!) watched again and again:

  • Groundhog Day, with Chevy Chase,
  • The Matrix (first one) with Keanu Reeves,
  • Click with Adam Sandler,
  • Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and
  • Cellular with Kim Basinger and Chris Evans.

Also at the top of my virtual list is any Star Trek movie past or present (but that’s a genre all to itself—LOVE Scifi!)


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      Megan Van Wyk 5 years ago

      Groundhog Day is Bill Murray.