A lot of people love to watch old movies. There is something special about being alone on the couch or in the easy chair and flipping through the channels and happening to run across a film that you just love, even though it's not considered a "classic" film. Still, at that time and at that place, it's some sort of mindless brain candy that you just love. You pour another drink (alcohol or not), maybe pop some corn and settle in to enjoy a guilty pleasure. A movie that you love, but that you would be sort of, kind of, embarrassed if your friends knew you loved it.
I have a couple of movies that fit into that category and I am, unashamedly, admitting them to all of my friends on Newsvine, in the hopes that they will not laugh at mine and will reveal theirs. I'll show you mine, if you show me yours.
Here are some of mine, though I can (and probably will) come up with more. The first one that pops into my mind is "Where The Boys Are", with George Hamilton, Dolores Hart, Yvette Mimieux and Paula Prentiss. OK, I know it's terribly dated, over done and lame in many ways, but it is pure cotton candy. It's sweet and dissolves in your mouth without the effort of chewing. There's no real dramatic plot and it attempts to make a moral point (and fails), but in the end it's just plain fun. Besides, the singing of Connie Francis is worth it for that alone. Pop some corn, settle in under your blanket and enjoy it. It's worth the effort, IMHO. Oh and Frank Gorshin deserved a best supporting actor Oscar for his role.
Then there is "Mans Favorite Sport" with Rock Hudson and (again) Paula Prentiss. This movie has some bad stereotypes and makes no point at all, but it is entertaining. It's silly and stupid and enjoyable. It's pure candy and a great film to watch at 3AM. Once you know that Rock Hudson is gay it makes it even more fun to watch. Besides, the Major in the movie (Roscoe Karns) is a dead ringer for my grandfather on my mom's side. I would also throw into this genre a movie titled "I'd Rather Be Rich" with Andy Williams, Sandra Dee, Robert Goulet and especially the immortal Maurice Chevalier. Simple and sweet.
One of my last "guilty pleasure" films is one that I suspect a lot of people like. It's a musical called "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers". OK, there is no way in hell that anyone could take the plot seriously. I mean, holding seven women hostage over a winter? Not going to happen. However, once you set the reality of this not being possible aside, you are presented with some of the greatest, coordinated physical dance ever recorded on film. See it on a HD, letterbox TV and enjoy it completely and if your friends say it's not "serious" cinema, tell them to go to hell!
So, tell me, do you have a film or two that you absolutely love, but that you think your friends would sort of tease you about because you love it? What are your "guilty pleasure" movies?