Do you ever find yourself sick at home with nothing to do, or sitting on your couch on those lonely weekend nights? Well, have no fear. The classic movie is here. The classic movie is the perfect way to perk up a gloomy day. Here are seven movies you should definitely check out:
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" starring Matthew Broderick. In a movie about the good life, taking it easy and just having an all-around good time, high school student Ferris Bueller plays hooky from school for a day and heads to downtown Chicago with his best friend and girlfriend and manages to avoid his menacing principal and parents in order to live the high life for one magical day.
"Clueless" is the visual bible of any high school girl, and tells the story of Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), who offers tips about surviving the ups and downs of high school life when you are popular, pretty, rich and living in Beverly Hills (pretty hard, right?). She realizes she needs to make changes in her life and gives herself the ultimate makeover of a new personality. If you have any doubts about renting this movie, only one thing comes to mind: "As if."
"Armageddon" starring Bruce Willis is perfect for action/drama fans. This movie is about a team of drillers hired by NASA to destroy an asteroid the size of Texas before it strikes the earth and wipes out the human race. With an awesome plot, loaded cast and great action, you can't go wrong renting this movie.
"Tommy Boy" starring Chris Farley is the perfect vaccine to that boredom condition. The movie centers around a not-so-bright college grad who takes over the family business after his father dies. The movie that made this Saturday Night Live actor a star, is full of fun and surprises. "Tommy Boy" is sure to tickle that funny bone.
"The Sandlot" is a children's movie that's fine for adults too. This coming-of-age story deals with the classic theme of boyhood friendships and how they can last a lifetime. It takes place in California where a young boy named Scotty Smalls moves into a new house and has no friends. Then he discovers a sandlot where the neighborhood kids play baseball.
"The Breakfast Club" is just about as close to the perfect stay-at-home movie as you can get. Starring Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, the movie is about the bonding of five totally different teens who are stuck in Saturday detention together. They learn more about each other in this one day than they ever would have imagined. Hearts are broken, friendships made, secrets revealed and lessons learned. "The Breakfast Club" is just what the doctor ordered for teens home sick from school.
"E.T.", the early '80s Spielberg classic, will leave you wanting more. The alien known as E.T. is alone, afraid and a long way from home but finds a friend in a boy named Elliot. Wanting to "phone home," he turns to Elliot for help. But is Elliot willing to lose his friend?
So if you're bored or sick, take my advice and rent a movie.
Mike Driscoll is a junior at Depew High School.