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I had a weird brainstormy thought today, so I'm subjecting lj to it. ;)

I had the inexplicable urge to watch Newsies while at work today.* It really got me thinking though because this movie, arguably one of the more disastrous attempts at a live action musical ever, for some bizarre reason is held dearly in the hearts of people in my immediate age group (I’d say probably born between the years of 1980 and 1986). My sister went to a school that was big into the performing arts for a semester, and believe me a great deal of the incoming students that class heard of the movie. She was even able to borrow a copy of the DVD from one of them and we watched it, complete with alcohol and lots of giggling.

I remember the first time I saw this movie—I was in my friend Connie’s basement all the way back in 1992 maybe, there were three of us girls bundled up in adolescent pajamas crammed into a folded out sofa bed. The other two had decided to watch the movie—I’d never seen it before, never even heard of it probably. Of course, we watched the film and I slowly fell into a lifelong—dare I say it—love.*

What I’m trying to understand though is just why this movie has wormed its way into the lives of a few select years of the Millennial generation. It’s not that great acting, or fairly simple story, or general cornballiness of it. And it certainly isn’t destined to be one of those great cult hits like the Evil Dead movies or something like that. But I guarantee that until we get old and grey there will still be a few of us humming along to that soundtrack. And I’ll still have no damned idea why! So if anyone out there reading this has any insights as to this phenomenon, I’d love to hear them.

*puts on her metaphorical Jack Kelly cowboy hat and wanders off into the sunset…*

*I say ‘inexplicable’ to sound mysterious. The real reason is quite transparent. I watched Batman Begins last night and desperately needed more Christian Bale immediately.

*You’re looking at the dork who was listening to selections from the sound track at work today and mouthing along to the lyrics. Mind you, I am a 24-year-old professional woman (however, mature? Prolly not…).


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Apr. 18th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
I couldn't explain it in a million years. But I adore it all. XD
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