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I have been spending a ridiculous amount of time on the couch this month.  We’ve mentioned my TV problem before.  It started off with the ABC Family channel’s 25 days of Christmas movies and just spiraled out of control.  And by spiraled out of control, I mean that my husband, The Coach, could not possibly handle one more second of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.  He recently asked me (not at all exasperated), “How can you watch these movies OVER and OVER again?”  And I have no answer.  I just can.  The terrible part is, honestly, the movies I watch over and over again? They’re not even my favorite movies. I have so many favorite movies that are never on TV – so I’m (gladly) stuck with the ones that are on constant rotation.

In the spirit of cold winters, warm blankets, and really ugly but amazing sweatpants tucked into uglier fuzzy socks, I present:

Ten Movies (and/or Movie Categories) that I will Always Watch, Especially During a Polar Vortex

1. Julia Roberts.  Starting off with the movie star.  I will watch Julia always.  Out of all of Julia’s films over the course of her 25 year career, there are only two of her movies that I don’t watch: Mary Riley and the Pelican Brief.  Other than that, if she’s in it, I’m watching: Pretty Woman OBVIOUSLY, Runaway Bride, Ocean’s 11, MYSTIC PIZZA, Stepmom, Notting Hill, Mona Lisa Smile.

2. Movies from the late 90’s that are awesome and terrible (there are so many that I can’t pick just one).  Save the Last Dance, Blue Crush, She’s All That, Down to You, Summer Catch, 10 Things I Hate About You, Varsity Blues, Cruel Intentions.  (Please note that I remember seeing all of those movies in the tiny theaters of State College, PA.)

3. Overboard.  There is something so sweet and perfect about this movie.  Starting with Goldie Hawn’s portrayal of a “Late 80’s Rich Lady with Yacht”.  Besides, Kurt Russell has adorable dimples.

4. Troop Beverly Hills.  If you don’t love this movie, we can’t be friends.  If you have never seen this movie, STOP whatever you’re doing and get to it.  #TeamPhyllis

5. Romeo + Juliet the one with Leo & Claire.  I was 16 when this came out, AP English classes were Shakespeare heavy, and I was so enamored with the star-crossed lovers of Verona.  And Leo.  I repeat, I was 16.

6. The John Hughes movies of the 80’s. Come on.  If you’re going to waste an entire day, you could do worse.  The writing, the characters, this group of actors.  Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller, She’s Having a Baby, Uncle Buck.

7. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.  Kate Hudson + Matthew McConaughey at their cutest.  Love Fern!

8. The Cutting Edge. Toe-Piiiiicccck!! (Jump to the 1:00 mark)

9. Shakespeare in Love.  I might have a Romeo + Juliet problem.

10. Little Women the one with Winona Ryder.  But, really, Susan Sarandon as Marmee and Christian Bale (Batman!! Newsies!!) as Laurie.

As for my actual favorites, if you must know, and you’re up for a movie challenge, my top 3 are:

1. Where the Boys Are.  It’s Sixties silly – after the Greasers, before the Hippies.  It’s the movie where my mom discovered my name years before I was born.  It’s George Hamilton, so very tanned, so very Ivy League.  It’s amazing.

2. Roman Holiday.   Don’t dismiss this gem because it’s old.  This is Audrey Hepburn at her most bewitching and Gregory Peck at his most charming.  Trust me.  Rome.

3. Almost Famous.  Hold Me Closer Tiny Dance stands out among several other completely perfect and heart-melting scenes, including the brilliant Frances McDormand as a post-60’s feminist mother and Zooey Deschanel before she became the quirky girl.

Hope you’re staying warm out there, friends!  Now you tell me – what did I forget?  What’s your favorite snow day movie? 

 Photo credit NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Flickr

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Also a transplant to New Jersey and Mercer County, Merritt McGlynn is walking a tightrope between career woman and devoted mother: hanging on for dear life with her dishpan hands. Merritt is a mom to two of the most adorable children in Jersey: a darling and spunky 4-year-old and a certifiably insane but heart-melting almost-3-year-old. Married to the always-working "Coach", Merritt tries to maintain some appearance of a work-life balance, and often finds that the scales are usually tipped in one direction or the other - but she’s still trying! In her spare time, if she ever gets any, Merritt would like to read books, travel with her husband, drink margaritas on the deck, and one day, if she’s really lucky, enjoy a phone conversation without interruptions. For now, she’ll settle for 20 minutes of an Audrey Hepburn movie and a diet coke.

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