There are moments in this movie where I find myself wishing I had had this group of girls as my friends back when I was an adolescent, their spirit, their strength, and the options they find, I wish I’d had some of them. There is sadness, too, and that mystery that falling for the perception you have of someone can bring, and the inevitable fall when the perception cracks with the weight of reality. Fun to spot a young, pre-Rilo Kiley Jenny Lewis, too, though it is a young Angelina Jolie that stands out in an unforgettable way.
Excerpts featuring Dancing Barefoot :: U2
Goldie and Violet
Rita and Violet
Maddy and Legs
Dancing Barefoot :: Johnette Napolitano
I Don’t Want to Talk About It :: Wild Strawberries
Me & My Charms :: Kristin Hersh
Into Dust :: Mazzy Star
142. Boys on the Side
Road trip movies, friendship stories, and films with strong female leads are all favorites of mine, and this one has all of the above. I have such an affinity to road trips with friends that this one just hooked me from the first time I saw it in the theater. There are so many memorable moments in this movie, some that make me laugh, some that make me cry, and others that make me cheer, or sing-a-long.
“You Got It“
Abe and Holly
Jane and Holly
Dreams :: The Cranberries
Ol’55 :: Sarah McLachlan
Everyday is Like Sunday :: Pretenders
143. The Turning Point
My senior year of high school, my friend and I did a scene from this movie for an acting competition. It was powerful, emotional, and rough to get through because we were such good friends in the midst of our youth trying to portray good friends when youth is waning and resentment has set in. There was something in it, though, in the friendship and the passion and the pain, in these two characters, that got to us, pushed us, had us doing some great work. Now, re-watching as an adult, the characters, and their friendship, resonate with me in a different way.
Emma and DeeDee
144. Monsters, Inc.
I have a love of Pixar films, the heartwarming moments, the witty dialogue, the characterizations, the unforgettable stories, and of course, the animation. They make me laugh, they make me cry, and they stick with me in a way that makes me want to re-visit often. This one is my favorite of the bunch – I love Sully and Boo and Mike, their friendships, and their unconventional family-ness.
Sully and Boo meet at the door
Mike and Sully
If I Didn’t Have You :: John Goodman and Billy Crystal
Another movie about friendship that I love, and another story with two strong female leads. I love the humor in this, the re-telling of a well-known history, and the style of it all. Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst are fantastic in this, as are the stellar supporting cast.
“Guess what happened to us today?”
Dancing Queen :: Sixpence None The Richer
Mr. Big Stuff :: Jean Knight
Rock On :: David Essex