Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492 and landed in America, and no matter what version of the story you believe, he was responsible for Europe colonizing the Americas. He also shares a name with writer/producer/director Chris Columbus. Columbus Day is a national holiday, but why not do as the guys on Big Bang Theory do and celebrate it by watching Chris Columbus movies? His 80s classics such as The Goonies, Gremlins, and Adventures in Babysitting are obvious picks, but here are some of his other works that I would like to suggest.
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Directed by Chris Columbus, I Love You, Beth Cooper is one of his newest movies. What could happen if you confess your love to a girl at graduation and simultaneously piss off her boyfriend? Of all the things Denis Cooverman thought was going to happen to him when he graduated high school, I’m pretty sure he didn’t think he’d be running for his life with the girl of his dreams. Okay, I make it sound more exciting than it is. But I Love You, Beth Cooper is pretty funny and one of the funnier movies the past decade, which on its own isn’t saying a lot. It’s more of a guilty pleasure movie, but the point is to have fun, which this movie is full of. Graduation parties, impromptu road trips to cabins in the woods, trying to out-maneuver a well-trained crazy guy trying to kill you – I only wish my graduation night had been so adventure-filled.
Arguably the last movie Robin Williams was funny in, Mrs. Doubtfire is another classic directed by Chris Columbus. It’s a movie that I remember fondly for being spoofed on Bobby’s World and Arrested Development, and I like to believe it appeals to all ages. It’s just kind of heartbreaking if you take away the crazy parts. Daniel was just left by his wife who is now dating someone much hotter than he is and all the while he misses his children. What else is a sane man supposed to do? Dressing up as Mrs. Doubtfire just so he could see his kids convinced me that Daniel really loved his children, even if it was crazy. I don’t that many dads who are dedicated to seeing their children, so it pulls at my heartstrings. Of course, the craziness is still there, like the scene where Mrs. Doubtfire’s boobs catch on fire, making it the funniest heartwarming film I’ve seen.
Home Alone & Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
It is such a rule that if you watch Home Alone you must watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York that I can’t remember the last time cable hasn’t aired them together. These films were directed by Chris Colombus and are holiday classics. Before you think it’s too early for the holiday season, last year I saw Christmas trees go up the same day as the Halloween displays. Why get annoyed with the commercialism? Get into the holiday spirit as Kevin protects himself from bad guys while missing his family, while at the same time his mother is desperately trying to get home to him – twice. I personally like Lost in New York more than the first one, but only because of Tim Curry. That man’s Cheshire cat smile makes every movie awesome. But the first one has John Candy and might be more in the spirit of the holiday season. Either way, you can’t watch one without the other.
Jingle All the Way
Produced by Chris Columbus, Jingle All the Way is definitely a guilty pleasure. It’s a holiday movie, but I could not suggest watching it near holidays. It is stressful. But seriously, it has Arnold Schwarzenegger – the freaking Terminator – fighting a crowd of shoppers for a super hero toy. And they made a feature length film about it and threw in Sinbad for good measure. It is so horrible, it’s bust a gut hilarious. I would suggest seeing Jingle All the Way before the Home Alone movies so that the Home Alone movies can cleanse away the stressfulness of holiday shopping, but Jingle All the Way is still definitely a fun watch.
Have a Happy Columbus Day
Chris Columbus has a large body of work that ranges from guilty pleasure to excellent storytelling. Why make Columbus Day just a meaningless date on the calendar? Celebrate by watching Chris Columbus films! These films are definitely some of the more fun selections from his library.
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