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TPIB: Flashback Movie Nights

I LOVE having movie nights with my teens.  It doesn’t matter what type of movie it is, it seems like we always have a good time, and it is one of my least labor-intensive programs because I find the movie, double check that it works with my umbrella movie licensing agreement, figure out a simple craft that they can do while watching or just have tables out so they can doodle or do homework or duel, and BOOM, instant program!

It seems that recently with my teens the older the movie is, the better the response.  I’m not sure why that is.  It may be that they’re not familiar with the older movies (when we watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, there was only one in the audience that knew the movie).  It may the fact that the areas where I’ve always worked are the areas that give the movie industries nightmares and me explaining over and over that it has to be legally in Wal-Mart and Target before I can show it or I’ll get fired. (Miss, I have The Hobbit on DVD, can we watch it?  My uncle got it at the gas station, and it’s even in English.  Or what about Warm Bodies? He can get that one, can we watch it for our February movie?).  I’ve shown Where is Roger Rabbit?, Ferris Bueller, Cry Baby, and as much as I want to show them The Lost Boys, The Blues Brothers or The Breakfast Club, I’m prevented by my current system from showing R-rated movies, even with permission slips in hand.

So I turned to yalsa-bk, ya-yaac, and pubyac for ideas, and here is what the Hive Mind came up with.  Thanks to Suzanne Kirk, Christina Thurairatnam, Heather Booth, Skye Townsend, Erin Marsh, Tahleen Shamlian, Rachelle M, Karl G. Siewert, Kathleen Kozlowski, Bonnie Svitavsky, Rebecca Denham, Ramona Price, Stefanie Lawson, Donna Block, Drue Wagner-Mees, David S., Clay Kriese, and Elyse Barrere for their suggestions.  Have more suggestions?  Share in the comments below?

Special attention:  While we can always tie in movies to books, themes, or common core area that we choose (because as teen specialists, we are AWESOME), I have marked those movies that are based on books in BOLD COLOR.  These were located using the wonderful resource, Based On The Book.

Notes:  Movies that are not covered by Movie Licensing USA (the umbrella license that my library uses) as of January 16, 2013 are in underlined italics.  If you have questions about whether they’re covered by your license, contact your umbrella license provider.  Don’t get in trouble over showing a movie without a license.

Possible program tie-ins are in (parentheses).

Critters (2013 Collective Summer Reading Program idea)
Gremlins (2013 CSRP)
Tremors (2013 CSRP)
Poltergeist (2013 CSRP)
The Princess Bride
Benny & Joon
Some Kind of Wonderful
WarGames (excellent for Teen Tech Week)
Hackers (excellent for Teen Tech Week- also has the star of Elementary in it, BTW)
Arachnaphobia (2013 CSRP)
Goonies (2013 CSRP and Talk Like a Pirate Day)
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
Adventures in Babysitting
original Hairspray
Star Wars series
Grease or Grease 2
UHF (with Weird Al Yankovich) (Teen Tech Week)
Howard the Duck
Better Off Dead
Back to the Future I, II, III (Teen Tech Week)
Top Gun
Ghostbusters (2013 CSRP)
Real Genius (Teen Tech Week)
The Outsiders
One Crazy Summer (Free Comic Book Day)
Night of the Living Dead (public domain, 2013 CSRP)
Labyrinth (2013 CSRP)
Return to Oz

Say AnythingThe Karate Kid 
10 Things I Hate About You 
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Teen Tech Week) 
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey 
Dumb & Dumber

American Graffiti
Flash Gordon (not on the database, but based on the old comic books)
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2013 CSRP)
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Napoleon Dynamite
Fifth Element (Teen Tech Week)
Iron Giant