Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Top 15 Movies About Moving

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Top 15 Movies About Moving
There are an amazing number of movies that begin with a person or family moving into new surroundings whether they are going to school and moving away from home, taking a new job, or experiencing another  life changing event.  These movies can be really timely for people that are going through something similar in real life.  It’s great to be able to laugh, cry, and yell along with the characters at some of the events surrounding a normal move.  Accordingly, we put together the following list of the top 15 Movies About Moving (of All-Time).


Karate Kid (1984) – This starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso a teenager forced to move from New Jersey to California.  He has a difficult time at best making friends and in fact finds himself making enemies much more easily.  He ends up getting beat up by some karate students and finds himself saved by the handy man at his new apartment complex who is eventually convinced to train Daniel.  In the end Daniel ends up learning all kinds of maintenance tasks like painting fences, he defeats the bad guys, wins the local karate tournament, and gets the girl of his dreams, not bad.  Although most kids that move may not find all of the same opportunities they can relate to most of Daniel’s troubles.

2. Toy Story (1995) – Lots of people get caught up in the fun surrounding the story of these toys that come to life and they forget that one of the important elements was Andy’s family preparing for a move.  Andy is the young boy that all of the toys belong to and the person whom they fight for love from.  In the end the toys end up becoming friends and they all make the move with Andy to the new house.  In the interim though there are all kinds of action scenes as the toys encounter many different threats out in the real world away from the protection of Andy’s room.  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, and several other great actors do the voice over for the cartoon characters in this movie.  This is a pre-move movie more about friendship and fun than packing up your home, but there was some of that too.

3. The Firm (1993) – A young lawyer graduates from law school near the top of his class and finds himself getting seduced by a small law firm in Memphis to join their firm.  He and his wife move to Memphis into a company owned home complete with a brand new car and furniture.  The whole thing almost seems too good to be true and sure enough it is.  They find themselves tied up in an FBI investigation of the business of the firm and some related murders.  It takes a great plan by the young lawyer and help from friends to escape from the firm with his life still somewhat intact. (and yes, he moves again).  This stars Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, and several other well known actors and actresses.

4. Money Pit (1986) – This is actually one of my favorite moving stories because it is about a couple that is looking for a new house and end up getting what appears to be a beautiful mansion for a steal.  That is, until they move in and find out that it’s in complete disrepair and is going to cost a fortune to fix up.  As one remodeling project gets started two more problems seem to pop up and they struggle financially and with their relationship to finally see it through to a happy ending.  It stars Tom Hanks and Shelley Long and is a great comedy.  Hopefully, you never personally experience a move quite this bad, but I know I have felt several times like my home is a money pit.

5. Cheaper By The Dozen (2003) – This movie stars Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt along with several child stars (Hillary Duff, etc.).  This is all about moving your family from a small town to a big city as the father of twelve kids (Martin) took the head coaching job at his alma mater.  This movie does a good job of looking at the move from each of the character’s perspective.  It’s really funny and might be a good way to remind your family that moving is less about jobs and big houses and more about being there for each other and keeping the family unit strong.

6. The Lost Boys (1987) – This is a story about a divorced, single Mom that has to move in with her father in order to make ends meet for her and her two sons.  They move into a new community and quickly befriend some vampire hunters.  One of the brothers finds himself in love with one of the vampires and the other brother enlists his vampire hunting friends to save his sibling.  This stars Jason Patric, the late Corey Haim, and Kiefer Sutherland.  There’s not much to draw from this other than making sure your family sticks together through everything (and of course don’t move into a town known to have vampires).

7. Footloose (1984) – Starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, and John Lithgow.  Kevin Bacon plays a city boy that moves to a small town where dancing and rock music are forbidden.  He immediately starts to fight the system by playing music and dancing eventually leading to him organizing a school dance.  He ended up making a big positive impact on the town and his small group of new friends.  This shows that one new person can make a difference and that you don’t always have to just accept the status quo.

8. Funny Farm (1984) – The main star of the show is Chevy Chase and as you would expect from him it is hilarious.  Chevy plays a character that quits his job as a successful sports journalist to move to the country to write the Great American Novel he has dreamed of all of his life.  He finds country life to not be all that he thought it might be and gets distracted by local customs, wildlife, and more.  Eventually, he adapts to the surroundings and finds that he actually does become a changed man in the end.  This is a great example of moving with a purpose and struggling through epic failures to eventually fulfill your dreams.

9. Twilight (2008) – Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner this movie was based on the incredibly popular Twilight novel series written by Stephenie Meyer.  Bella Swan (Stewart) plays a character that moves to a small town and a new school and struggles a bit to make friends.  She eventually becomes attracted to Edward (a vampire) and begins to uncover his secret.  She actually is not very surprised by this discovery, which is an interesting reaction to say the least.  Bella ends up making the best of the situation and adapts well to her new surroundings.

10. Odd Couple (1968) – The oldest movie in the list by far stars Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau as the odd couple.  Felix (Lemmon) breaks up with his wife and is forced to move in with Oscar (Mathau) and the two begin learning to live together.  They couldn’t be more opposites, but yet somehow it works.  If you are moving in with a friend and/or find yourself in an odd roommate situation you may really enjoy this classic movie.

11. Moving (1988) – Richard Pryor stars as a mass transit engineer from New Jersey that gets fired from his job and finds a similar job in Boise, ID.  He has to break it to his family that they will be moving and then begin the process of planning the move.  Hiring terrible movers (ex Cons) and a person with multiple personalities to drive his car across the country to his new home.  He ends up losing his new job and the movers never show up.  If you think your move is going poorly or went bad check out this movie and see if you still feel the same.

12. Son In Law (1993) – Pauly Shore and Carla Gugino star in this comedy where Gugino finds herself moving from her family farm to the communal living in a co-ed dorm.  Shore is her resident advisor and he ends up helping her through the transition from the farm to life in the big city.  She ends up bringing him home for Thanksgiving and treating him to a bit of life on the farm.  This is a fun movie about dealing with being a fish out of water (finding yourself in new and strange surroundings).

13. The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) – Jim Varney, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Lea Thompson, and several more stars contributed to this movie remake of a classic TV sitcom.  Jed (Varney) is out hunting and a missed shot penetrates the ground and low and behold he strikes oil.  They end up moving from the country to Beverly Hills, CA from a small shack to a huge mansion.  This is another fish out of water type story but in the end they choose to remain who they are and it’s the people around them that end up adapting.

14. Coyote Ugly (2000) – Starring John Goodman and Piper Perabo this is the story of a young girl that moves to New York from New Jersey to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.  In order to make ends meet she takes a job in a bar called Coyote Ugly, which has almost a cult following in the area.  She has to adapt to a new job, new city, and all kinds of trouble as she tries to become the star she knows she can be.  LeAnn Rimes lends her voice and several great songs to the soundtrack of the movie.

15. Raising Helen (2004) – Kate Hudson, John Corbett, and Joan Cusack lead a cast of great actors that bring this story from tragedy to a happy ending.  After her brother-in-law and sister die in an auto accident, a young and up-and-comer in the fashion world gets custody of their 3 children.  She has to move and deal with getting the kids setup with a good school and other activities to keep them busy while she tries to squeeze in a career.  It’s a roller coaster ride but in the end they find a way to make it work.

Suggested by Sheryl Owen of www.changeofaddress.org in the USA http://www.changeofaddress.org/blog/2010/top-15-movies-about-moving/
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