Dumb Mom Movie List. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

It’s starting to get cold around Casa de Dummies.

It’s my least favorite time of year.

We call it “The Darkness”.

But, only just because of the weather.

Because I LOVE the holiday season.

Love. It.

Back when I was a California girl, I honestly looked forward to “winter”.

Because in LA, “winter” pretty just meant you got to haul out your cute “winter” jackets, and your cuter “winter” boots, that you wore because they were cute.

They didn’t have to be warm, or waterproof, or wind proof, or anything proof.

They only just had to be cute.

On the few days of the So. Cal. “winter” when you may have actually needed some real winter clothes, you just stayed home.

But here.

Where last year it snowed so much that I couldn’t leave my neighborhood for days and I considered, seriously considered, gouging out my ear drums with the turkey baster to escape my screaming, stir crazy children just wished I never moved here to the Darkness, the holidays are tainted a bit.

Tainted with fear.

Because, now, instead of looking forward in joy to the delicious food I intend to stuff into my already-chubby gut, and the special evenings with family, and the desperate making of lose-weight New Year’s resolutions I have no intention of keeping, I’m dreading it.

Dreading the possibility that I will get snowed in before I make it to the store, forcing my family to eat the stupid cheese and meat gift my husband’s boss sent him for Christmas dinner. 

And, dreading the fact that should a blizzard hit, I could be stranded on the compound with Mimi and Papa for 17 days during the holidays.  Which would mean sharing a room with The Dudes and a house with my parents.  Which would lead me back to the turkey baster scenario I described previously.*

I guess nothing could really come in the way of my need to resolve to lose weight, or my inability to stick to said resolution, but still.  I don’t want another Snowpacalypse to ruin my happy pre-pretending-to-lose-weight food fest.

But, aside from all this suck stuff about winter, there is one little thing I sorta do look forward to when the mercury drops…

Movie nights!

At Casa de Dummies, we LOVE movies (and books, and video games).

And, when it’s cold outside, and The Dudes are out of school, and sports related activities have slowed down, you can find us huddled around the big screen watching a flick together.

And we like the classics best: E.T., Home Alone 2 (not sure why my kids like the second one so much), Goonies.

That sort of thing.

We got a new oldie in the mail this week, so when it rained enough to cancel soccer woohoo we got out our leftover Halloween candy and tested out Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!**


I’m a little embarrassed to say that, despite the fact that the film is older than I am, I’ve never actually seen it before this week.

Not sure what I was waiting for because I really liked it.

It was cute and funny.  The music was engaging and catchy (yep, we were singing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Toot Sweet all evening).  Plus, I already love Dick Van Dyke thanks to Mary Poppins (although I still can’t figure out why he and his lady in the film didn’t have English accents even though they were in Britain and everyone else did???).

Best part, though, was that The Dudes (not including Dumb Dad who dozed off, so guess we know what he thought of it!) enjoyed it too.

It’s really hard to find movies you can watch as a family that don’t make you want to vomit in your popcorn bowl (warning: do NOT watch Old Dogs. It’s pretty safe for kids, but it’s not at all safe for parents).

But everyone except for Dumb Dad who doesn’t count because he hasn’t enjoyed a PG rated film since he was 10 was on board with this one (think the flying car and the pirates did it for The Dudes).

So, we’d like to share it with you!

So you can have a happy-snow-day-partially-English-accented-musical to enjoy when you’re hiding from the elements (or home sick like we are today thanks to the first virus of the creeping-up-on-us winter season).

They just re-released Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in a DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack.  It’s been all gussied up in hi-def and what not.

You can buy it (or download it) here: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Blu-Ray

Or perhaps you’d like to win a copy?

Just leave a comment telling me your favorite classic (I consider anything made before 2000 to be a classic since chances are The Dudes haven’t seen it) movie, and you’re in!

We really need to beef up our cold-weather collection so I appreciate all of your good suggestions.  Although, it better not snow any time soon, or so help me!

I’ll move back to California. 

If I can sell my house. 

And, get Dumb Dad a job.

And, and…

Blast!  Thank you suck-economy-that-is-stupid-and-sucky, I’m trapped here!

Preparing for The Darkness.

With my nicely expanding movie collection!

*We love Mimi and Papa bunches, but I can’t even begin to imagine having to be stuck on their compound, that doesn’t get plowed and only has 1 TV for more than two days.  And plus, I don’t live at home for a reason!

**pBd Admits it’s Free Disclaimer: They send me the movies for free.  To review them.  They don’t pay me to say nice things about them.  I just choose to only write about stuff I like.  The suckin-it stuff doesn’t even make it onto my shrine of awesomeness.

***Want to see more awesome stuff?  Like the first entry on my holiday gift guide?  Course you do because it’s a Sesame Street video game for your Wii, DS, or PC playing pleasure!


  1. says

    You should definitely move back to California. The only thing you need to bring is your flip flops. They even work in the rain! Re the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie. Just reading about you watching it, I now have the soundtrack rolling around in my head. And it’s bed time. Thanks a lot. (Kiddin) I love that movie too.

  2. Libby says

    Embarassing, but Shag is one of my all time favorite movies. I also really love Annie, and I made my son watch it with me just last week for the first time ever. I think he liked it, too. No surprise–Carol Burnett is AMAZING!

  3. says

    Last year I remember just opening my front door a few times during the day and just shaking my head in disbelief. It was literally still coming down and coming sideways. It was awful and I pray with every ounce of Christian-ese still left in me that God does “flood” the earth with snow again this year. Dear God please hear the cries of your child!

  4. Mrs.Mayhem says

    I’ve never seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but my kids love The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride, & ET. We don’t have cable, so we have a lot of movie nights (every single Friday!).

  5. says

    I haven’t watched either. We may have to give it a shot. Thanks for the recommendation. Oh wait, maybe I have watched it… damn I hate getting older. I’ll have to get it again and watch at least half an hour before I’ll know. Oh well, Good for the DVD rental place down the street, Bad for me.

  6. says

    An oldie but goodie, especially for the Dudes, is Walt Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost with Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette. Funny and entertaining for adults too.

  7. says

    Snow. *shudder* God, I hate winter.

    I used to heart “Pollyanna,” but I can’t see the Dudes liking that one. My dad would show us the Conan the Barbarian movies and, for me especially, Red Sonja.

  8. Paulina J! says

    The Princess Bride is great and I also loved Beauty and the Beast; used to know every song. I know this is not a classic since it is 2006, but have the Dudes watched Nacho Libre?!? It’s definitely one the whole family can watch together and Dumb Dad will NOT fall asleep.

  9. Crystal says

    I basically love all the old musicals, and I’m really wanting to watch My Fair Lady right now!

  10. says

    I can relate on so many levels to your,erm, apprehension about the Christmas season. We moved to Wales a year ago from Chicago. Yes, the sun is up at 6:30 but it’s dark already by 5pm.
    And it’s only November.

    My parents came at Xmas last year – worst snow in 30 years. They don’t really get much snow. No plows. No salt. We were trapped. And lemme tell you, you are never an adult with your parents. I’ll pray for you.

    That said, we just introduced the kids to Willy Wonka on the last rainy weekend, and on the next one it will be The Princess Bride.
    Chitty Chitty scared the crap out of me!

  11. says

    Here’s a good blast from the not-to-long-ago past:

    Drop Dead Fred!

    Not necessarily a true classic, but it left a mark on my childhood I shared with my boys today, thanks to Netflix streaming! Which is awesome by the way. The boys got their Wii from my parents at the party yesterday and we hooked that sucker up this a.m. YEEHAW…we may never leave the house again.

    Oh wait, tomorrow is school. Well, I guess I get it all to myself. HAHAHA!

  12. says

    We were talking about it getting cold here and Baby Girl asked if it was going to snow. David told her, “No… it isn’t Maryland.” And then he shot me a look. I’m guessing he is a big no on the state of Maryland. :(

  13. Tia says

    I love The Sound of Music and would love to win Chitty Chitty Bang Bang…I haven’t seen that in forever!