It’s amazing the impact that Netflix has had on our world.
I honestly do not even remember what life was like before it?
I mean seriously, how on earth did people chill?!
And, for those of us that are parents, how did we shower and talk on the phone and like cook dinner?!
I mean mostly.
Of course my children can entertain themselves without tuning into the biggest movie app of all time. Even, that one day, when we lost our wi-fi for like 4 hours, they only cried for half of that time before they went outside and played instead (I cried all four of those hours though, let me just tell you).
But, it has made so many things easier and better when it comes to at home, family friendly, entertainment on-demand.
Whereas we used to only have like The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and a few short hours of PBS before things got weird for our children to enjoy, we now have all of these options to choose from. Including shows and movies that we love from the past and couldn’t watch on TV now without going to the store or popping over to Amazon to purchase them.
Pours a little out for Blockbuster.
As corny as some of the flicks I grew up with feel to me now, I love sharing them with The Dudes, if for no other reason that to show them how easy their life is compared to the get-up-to-change-the-channel-call-your-friends-on-the-telephone-only-one-TV-in-the-entire-house-unless-you’re-legit-rich life I grew up with.
Thank you, Netflix, for giving me so many teachable moments.
10 Netflix Movies Your Kids Can Learn Stuff From
Teen Witch. Lesson: your real friends are the ones that matter. But, with magic, you can enjoy a fly new wardrobe, instant popularity, and the boy you’ve been crushing on for a few fun-filled weeks. PG-13
Can’t Buy Me Love. Lesson: Yes you can. At least for $1000 in 1987 it was pretty possible. PG-13
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Lesson: If you’re smart enough, you can get away with basically anything. And no evil older sister, inept school principal, or depressed best friend is gonna be able to stop you. Bonus points for being an adventure film featuring the last time Matthew Broderick rocked a beret and no one even thought it was weird. PG-13
Clueless. Lesson: You can totally date your step brother, no problem. And, seemingly fickle girls who care about clothing and boys and such have hearts too. Also, there was a time before Stacey Dash flipped over to the other side of her mind that people still kind of liked her. PG-13
Groundhog Day. Lesson: Life is a monotonous time suck unless you shake it up. PG
Legally Blonde. Lesson: Being super smart does not mean you can’t also look killer in a pink suit and heels. Also don’t judge a book by it’s pastel pink cover.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Lesson: This movie was chock full of them actually, so let’s number them out. 1. Freaky stuff happens to people sometimes and, when it does, it’s most excellent to be with your best friend. 2. What a phone booth is. 3. Like Stacey Dash’s odd history, here was also a time when Keanu Reeves didn’t take himself so seriously and people actually liked him.
Roger Rabbit. Lesson: Movies in the 80s were weird and people loved them anyway. And, if a rabbit can be married to a supermodel, then what’s on the inside really does count. PG
The Addams Family. Lesson: There are all different kinds of families, even ones with people who are just a hand in them. PG-13
Peewee’s Big Adventure. Lesson: Bikes can be cool. The Alamo has no basement. Dancing saves lives. Adventure is amazing. Stealing is bad. And, haters gonna hate. PG
I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and this post was written in partnership with that program.