Like peanut butter and jelly, soap and water, pencil and paper, or the year 2020 and general suckage, some things are just inextricably connected. Including the following 10 movies!
Freaky and Freaky Friday– Whether you’re old enough to remember the original 1976 Disney film starring Barbara Harris and a young Jodie Foster, or if you’re more familiar with the 2003 remake starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, you undoubtedly know the story: a squabbling mom and daughter magically switch bodies—allowing them to finally understand each other. This year we get a horror-comedy spin on the tale with Freaky, where Vince Vaughn plays a serial killer who switches bodies with a high school senior (Kathryn Newton). See why this one is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Sleepless in Seattle and An Affair to Remember – In the 1957 Oscar-nominated classic An Affair to Remember, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr play star-crossed lovers who meet aboard an ocean liner while they are each attached to someone else. They agree to meet in 6 months at the top of the Empire State Building if they still feel something for each other. In 1993’s beloved romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan fall in love over the radio, and after watching An Affair to Remember, she suggests that they should meet at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day if they’re ready to take the next step.
Fargo and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – In the 1996 Oscar-winning black comedy Fargo—which spawned a TV series (which we have the first 3 seasons of on Redbox on Demand)—Steve Buscemi’s character buries a satchel full of nearly $1 million in ransom money deep in the snow. In Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, the title character (Rinko Kikuchi) is a lonely office worker in Tokyo who believes that Fargo is real and becomes obsessed with finding the satchel—going so far as to steal a credit card in order to fly to Minnesota.
My Week with Marilyn and The Prince and the Showgirl – Now here’s an idea for a double-feature. The Prince and the Showgirl is a 1957 romantic comedy starring Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, about a British royal who falls for an American entertainer. In My Week with Marilyn, Michelle Williams plays Monroe during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl, and Eddie Redmayne plays Colin Clark, an assistant who tries to defend Monroe from Olivier’s (Kenneth Branagh) outburst and insults during production. Williams won a Golden Globe and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar and BAFTA for her performance as the infamous blonde.
Come Away and Peter Pan – Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter)—the boy who never grows up—and his ongoing battle with the evil Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs). In Come Away, a 2020 fantasy drama that will hit the Box and Redbox On Demand on December 15, a family uses the tales of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan to help them grieve the loss of their eldest child. It stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Angelina Jolie, so you know it’s got to be good!