Movies I Used To Binge Watch As A Kid

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Last night I happened to stumble across The Babysitters Club movie on tv. Naturally, I had to watch it.

That's a lie. I didn't "stumble" across anything. I searched for TBC on Netflix (I'm sure you get what TBC stands for if you were an Ann M. Martin fan) I found it, and then immediately clicked "view." And as I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch all of Kristy's so called "friends" turn against her just because she was trying to cover up for her dead-beat dad who happened to pop back up in her life, I was reminded of my summers as a kid when I would go on movie binges late into the night, watching movie after movie, just because I could. I was also reminded that the Babysitters Club movie is surprisingly darker than I remember. I mean Kristy's dad is a legit psycho. And I'm pretty sure Stacey's boyfriend is committing statutory rape. I know that's a strong accusation to just toss out there, but just because he's from Europe doesn't mean he can get with a 13 year old American girl. He's 23 for God's sake! Or 17. Whatever, same thing.

But that's neither here nor there. Let's get back to the point at hand- movies that I used to binge on as a kid after I was tired of playing Nintendo games (such games included but weren't limited to: Aladdin, Mortal Kombat, and obviously Mario Kart.)

Just a forewarning, many of these movies have probably never been placed on the same list together and probably won't be ever again. Let's just say I had a wide array of film interests as a child. Still do, actually.

Overboard.




I went through a heavy Goldie Hawn phase in the 90s. In fact, this list could actually just be all Goldie Hawn movies like HouseSitter, Death Becomes Her, and First Wives Club, just to name a few. But I suppose Overboard was always my fav. Even though I thought the little boys in this movie were absolutely disgusting and the house itself was beyond living conditions, the house makeover part made it all worth it. I get huge jollies off of watching a gross dirty house become clean in a movie. Which brings me to my next movie I used to binge watch....

Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.



When that pool gets cleaned up I could just die. Die die die. And I was certain up until college that my first job in the "real world" would include a petty cash account, lot of reports that I could just pass on to my secretary to do, and wearing big blazer jackets with even bigger shoulder pads. I basically just assumed every real job was exactly like Sue Ellen's.

Con Air.




Not sure why, but something really resonated with me about this movie full of felons who took over a plane. I think I fell asleep to it every night back in the summer of '98. It was definitely the first time I fell in love with Steve Buscemi. When he plays Barbies with that little girl in the old pool and then we find out he didn't harm her after all? Love it. The only thing that would have made this movie better is if they would have given that pool a makeover.

Face Off.


For as much as I loved Goldie Hawn, I loved Nicholas Cage. Add John Travolta to the mix and then let them change faces?! It doesn't get any better (for a ten-year-old.)

Parent Trap.

New or old. For obvious reasons.

My Father The Hero.



I don't remember why exactly I loved this movie, but I did. And I also don't remember why it seemed appropriate to put a teenage Katherine Heigl in a thong swimsuit, but they did....

Beverly Hills Cop III.

Kind of an odd choice for a little girl, I blame this one on my brother. For whatever reason, I've seen this movie no less than twenty times. And I still think it's great. I mean they were making fake money at an amusement park! Genius.

True Lies.

Again, an odd choice I know. But Jamie Lee Curtis didn't know her husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was a secret agent! And when she does that awkward strip tease for him? Now that was humor. *sidenote: Arnold was the first (and only) actor crush I sent fan mail to in an envelope decorated in hearts when I was a kid...

Problem Child.

Because the theme song always got me really jazzed as a kid. And because I really wanted to be Trixie.

Little Monsters.



Scariest movie of my childhood. So of course I had to watch it over and over.

She Devil.



Because even as a kid I sensed it was a rarity to see Meryl and Roseanne on screen together.


Golddiggers.



This is a joke, I never liked this movie. I just wanted to throw it in so we could all laugh at Anna Chlumsky's bad haircut together.

This list could go on and on and on, I didn't even touch on my favorite comedies. But I need to wrap it up. Have a favorite from your childhood to add? Let me know!


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62 comments:

  1. TBC is in my netflix queue waiting to be viewed. but I watched ALL the episodes of the TBC series that is also on Netflix in the Kids section. it was cheesy and glorius and took me back to the times when my friends and I tried to start our own BC and how I pretended I was kristy holding all the meetings with my 90's see-through phone. obviously, I was pretty bad ass back then.

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  2. I love, love, love The Parent Trap. I watched it so many times that I knew all the lines.

    And Problem Child played on TV last night (I didn't get to watch it though).

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  3. love overboard!! (also is that polroid pic for real?!) http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/eating-and-walking.html

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  4. LOL I made a list of my favourite binge movies from when I was a kid a few months back...I thought we were gonna be pretty similar after the first two, but then you kinda lost me with Con Air and Beverly Hills Cop III and such. ;) Thanks for the reminder of My Father The Hero, toooootally forgot about that one!!
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  5. Troop Beverly Hills. I don't know if that ages me or not. But it is a classic. And I was more of a Sweet Valley High kind of girl, but I did watch Babysitters Club repeatedly. And I had the board game (both Sweet Valley High AND Babysitters Club). They were so awesome!

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    1. My sister and I love Troop Beverly Hills so much, her bachelorette party was TBH themed. True story! Sooo good!

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  6. Ok, so I still binge watch Don't Tell Mom's The Babysitter's Dead today #lesbihonest....Overboard, of course and Little Monsters...oh Little Monsters...loved to be afraid of it and I was just telling my husband the other day how I wished I found it on DVD to add to my nostalgia collection.

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  7. I still have my TBC vhs. Sadly, my vhs player doesn't work anymore so I'd have to watch it on Netflix. That movie was total binge status for me.

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  8. YASSSS problem child and babysitter's dead! I'm right on top of that Rose!

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  9. I LOVED Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead. "Dishes are done, man!" I recently watched She Devil for the first time--it was awesome! One of those perfect movies to keep binge watching into the night:)

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  10. And now that I know TBC is on Netflix, I know how I'll be spending my night tonight. Ohhh, I have watched a few of these far more times than should be considered normal. And now I may be searching for a few of them on Netflix so I can just have a marathon.

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  11. She Devil may be one of my favorite movies of all time and Overboard. I can never turn down watching Baby Boom with Diane Keaton either.

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  12. ok.. i haven't seen like any of these. what were my parent's doing? but i have to go watch the babysitters club on netflix now. bye.

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  13. Con Air is an American classic. I don't understand how it wasn't airing on a loop on July 4th a la A Christmas Story on Christmas Day. Such a favorite.

    My personal binge movies were Little Giants (I've been Icebox for 3 Halloweens running now) and Now and Then. Devon Sawa was and is my homeboy.

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  14. I was obsessed with The Parent Trap as a kid!

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  15. OHMYGOD. Talk about blast from the past! I JUST watched Parent Trap last night! Almost cried. Not even embarrassed about it.

    Another one I used to watch on repeat was Mrs. Doubtfire. Damn that is Robin Williams at his(her) finest.

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  16. THIRTEEN!!? My best friend and I (both 29 years old) still quote that cab ride scene whenever something involves the number 13.

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  17. Hahaha loved all but 2 of those movies only because Ive never watched them ... (Gold Diggers & My father the hero)
    I binge watched Last Action Hero every day and Clueless LOL what a combo right?

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  18. Ummmmm yes to TBC!!! I was obsessed with the books! Also, as a grown adult I quote lines from Overboard... All the time!!

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  19. hah! i JUST watched TBC last week, too. i only caught the tail end of it but still! so good. and i'm right there with you on con air and face off. love them. for some weird reason my sister and i watched grease pretty much every single day one summer. and swat, too. talk about random. c;

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  20. Yes yes yes! Overboard, Face Off, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead, all so freaking good!

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  21. Any other Curly Sue lovers? Also - It Takes Two, Kindergarten Cop, A League of Their Own, Mrs. Doubtfire, ohh man the list could go on and on! Please write a round two of this post!!

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  22. I watched Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Major League. Clearly, you can tell that I was a latchkey kid and was totally unsupervised in the summer!

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  23. The Babysitters Club (movie, books, TV series) was my all time favorite thing to binge on as a kid. I also watched The Parent Trap multiple times. I LOVED Last Action Hero though. Whenever I watch Game of Thrones (Tywin Lannister) I think of that movie.

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  24. Little Monsters!! Ahh love that movie! I'd have to say I had Titanic, Clueless, and Nightmare on Elm Street (original) on repeat as a kid.

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  25. MULAN. I have seen it so many times. So. Many. Times. I can quote the entire movie without even turning it on and I'm not even exaggerating.

    I was (and still am) also a huge Nintendo fan. The time I have logged into the various Zelda games makes up a probably disturbing portion of my life. And Pokemon and Mario Kart probably makes up most of the rest of it. And I do not see that changing any time soon.

    --Katie at Paperback Planes

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  26. LOVE TBC! I have it on VHS, but no VHS player so it's good to know it's on Netflix! I used to love Richie Rich and The Sandlot!

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  27. I was obsessed with TBC and wanted to start my own! I read almost all of the one million books in the series. I rented the movie more times than I care to admit. Obsessed, I was! I also had a thing for Mary-Kate and Ashley movies.

    xo Always, Abby

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  28. HAHAHA this is the most random list I have ever seen. If you can believe it, I don't think I ever saw TBC movie, although I read all of the books. So good.

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  29. At first glance, I thought Anna Clumsky was Johnathan Taylor Thomas...true story.

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  30. The kid from Problem Child just cracks me up. His profanity never gets old

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  31. am I the only one on this planet that got really sad at the cat-in-a-dryer in the Problem Child poster? wtf!

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  32. You make me totally want to go on my own binge. I loved all the Goldie Hawn movies as well. And so many of these others. This post makes me happy.. Is that weird?!? :)

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  33. haha this is great!!! Overboard and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead was awesome!! Along with Goldie's other movies - yes!! Also, I watched the original Parent Trap - the 1961 version. Loved it!!! You know some of these I haven't seen although I don't know how I missed them...I'll have to watch them!!

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  34. YES to TBC and Little Monsters... we used to rent it from Blockbuster as often as we could and watch it over and over and over and over...

    Another fave? Drop Dead Fred! Love that movie!

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  35. oh my shit, i cant believe someone else remembers the movie "my father the hero". wasn't she such a little bitch?? her boyfriend was SO hot and he almost reminds me of james marsden.... i still watch DTMTBD probably on a monthly basis as I own it on DVD, and gold diggers was one of my favorites as well. AHH. i loved it!

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  36. I there with you on DTMTBD, TBC, Little Monsters and MFTH. Add to the list: A League of Their Own, Dark Crystal, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Mannequin, the original Parent Trap and Frog!

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  37. Yes! My Father the Hero! I think I went to see it twice in the theater, and had a major crush on that guy in it. And that thing bathing suit WAS weird.

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  38. I would only have like three movies on my list, but I think that's just because we watched them WAY TOO MUCH! Space Jam, Groundhog Day and Surf Ninja's and all of the Rocky's. We would watch the same movie pretty much every day for all of summer.

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  39. I'm psyched that The Parent Trap is on Netflix. That was definitely a childhood favorite & it's my top pick from your list. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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  40. I've only watched the parent trap, but it was an excellent film so I might watch the rest of the ones in this post! ;)

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  41. This list is soo funny! I loved TBSC! the books were my fav. I always wanted them to make more of the movies because there were so many books. Also how great was Aladdin and Mario Kart?

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  42. I loved "Don't tell mum the babysitters dead" watched it heaps when my girls were young when I was young I love to watch the "Trouble with angels" movies and Elvis Presley movies

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  43. Oh man...so many of those movies are just awesome!!! I can see why you binged on them. And Anna Chlumsky's hair - seriously thought that was a dude on there and I even was about to get all "that's NOT Anna Chlumsky...Tay has lost her mind because I'm thinking she looks like the goth girl from Addams Family. And then I was all like "oh waaaiiiitttt...it's the boy she's talking about! D'oh!"

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  44. I, too, am a fan of seeing incredibly dirty places cleaned up in a movie. Did you ever notice how freakin dirty Swell's house was in DTMTBD? That movie takes the cake, but if we're going to talk about Katherine Heigl, don't forget about Wish Upon a Star and her purple lipstick. 90s-tastic.
    I would also like to know if that Polaroid pic is real??
    Great post!

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  45. I can not believe Parent Trap is the only movie on this list that I have seen!

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  46. I totally watched Gold Diggers over and over. Also, Death Becomes Her. :)
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  47. And you should know, that was a joke about Gold Diggers hehe. Both Christina and Anna always played tom-boys in every movie. Weird!

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  48. And Home Alone and Dirty Dancing! :)
    xx
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  49. I loved little monsters, but I also loved the movie Drop Dead Fred. I think I wore out the VHS on that one.

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  50. wow we almost watched the same movies, and we like the same stuff

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  51. Oh my god I loved half of these movies! Don't tell mum the babysitters dead is amazing!! Mine also included Labyrinth and Clueless...!
    Katie x
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  52. I watched all these too but I loved 101 dalmations and mrs doubtfire!

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  53. SHE DEVIL! Yes. I totally forgot about that one. Wasn't Roseanne so revolting in that one!? But then later you begin to feel sorry for her... Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead- classic but so was Adventures in Babysitting.. can't forget that one! Oh and one of my personal favourites but less common was Drop Dead Fred. If you haven't seen it, I don't know, it's a real classic.

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  54. OMG! This is bringing back SO many memories!! Wild Hearts Can't be Broken was another one on repeat!!!

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    1. That movie is so CLASSIC !!! Such a goodie.

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  55. I bet between my childhood and now that I've watched Overboard and ConAir 1,000,000 times, at least. I love them!! I used to binge watch so many as a kid, and these two were definitely on my list!!

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  56. When I saw TBC on Netflix it was basically the best day ever and it makes my life happy. Also, one summer in high school I watched 10 Things I Hate About You every single day for at least a month.

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  57. I am SO glad you included Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead!! No one EVER seems to know this movie and I still watch it periodically!

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  58. I'm so glad I wasn't the only one to re-watch TBC and realize how inappropriate the age difference was with Stacey and her boyfriend, talk about super creepy and such a great example for our young minds (in 98 or whatever). That was borderline "To Catch a Predator" pre-Chris Hansen.

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  59. They're all so pretty! Great activities for kids. These days, most would just keep them occupied...and quiet playing games on their ipads''

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