Why I Love Family Movie Night

Evan Forester —  August 9, 2012 — 5 Comments

*All this week we’re sharing #LiveFully thoughts and stories from writers around the web. Today we here from Joe Poe, a production intern living in Austin, TX and working for Global Short Film Network (a ministry of Cru). You can check out his blog or twitter if you want to connect with this movie buff. 

It’s a Saturday evening and my whole family is sitting around the TV watching a movie dad rented. Each of us sits in our own designated seats that have been assigned to us over the years through repetition. In our hands lie plates full of those scrumptious treats that clog our arteries on the way down to our stomachs: pizza rolls, Bagel Bites, chicken wings, buttery popcorn (with a double dose of butter of course).

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On this typical night, the movie playing may or may not be one any of us has even heard of. Dad has an uncanny ability to pick the most random movies out there. Trust me; I have seen my fair share of B-movies over the years.

We laugh, we throw in our own commentaries, we are held in suspense, we cover our eyes, we ask questions, we rebuke, we say what should have been said, we stretch our imaginations, we travel to foreign lands, we confront personal fears, we fall in love, we become a hero, we root for the underdog. All my life, one simple set of moving pictures on one ordinary evening has had the power to bring my family together.

Even when I went away to college, I found myself coming home on breaks and holidays and enjoying the latest movie with my parents and brothers. This is why I love film. It has the power to cross generations, cross language boundaries, and provoke us to deal with issues in our culture and personal belief systems. Film brings us together. It unites us all as an audience and allows us to take a journey through a story, through all the laughter or pain. It is a medium that will continue to be added upon, critiqued and improved as each generation passes.

So before I leave the living room, as I stuff down my last handful of popcorn, I thank dad for renting the movie tonight. I know he has cherished this moment just as much as I have.

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This post was by Evan, an adventure enthusiast learning to #LiveFully in New Zealand. He now writes for Embracing Exile.