Independence Day and Kids Making Fun of My Favorite Shit

13465959_10154229825783774_4994453613476773794_nOn one of the group blogs where they let me hang around despite being such a scatterbrained poster, we’re doing a Summer of Magic Blog Hop where you can read fun things and win stuff if you visit the participating authors’ blogs. There is also a grand prize at the Here Be Magic blog. The posts are all be about summery goodness, and I’ve decided to talk about Independence Day.

Not the US Celebration–the movie! Specifically how my kids are finally old enough to see some of my favorite flicks without having nightmares, and we keep showing them our cinematic treasures and they mock them ferociously.

Why are kids such a-holes, man?

Don’t they know that having comic book and sf/f characters on the big screen in the 70s and 80s, despite the now-cheesy elements, was a huge deal for us nerds who’d never thought to see such stories appeal to a mass audience? Star Wars, Star Trek, and other SF movies had aired before, it’s true, but there was definitely an uptick after Star Wars: A New Hope revolutionized special effects–a phenomenon my 14 year old researched and presented for National History Day, no less. So both of my kids KNEW that movie effects haven’t always been the eye- and mind-boggling extravaganza they are now (and I’m sure 30 years from now today’s Force Awakens will get eye rolls from the Youths. I hope my kids enjoy that.) Special effects had to start somewhere.

large_nkj3HRG3g2zjlKRWmjJHvElhX4yOf course, the original Independence Day aired in 1996, years after special effects had become arguably more realistic (Roger Ebert’s Review). But I do have a point! This was one of the movies the hubs and I shared with the kids. Despite how kick-ass that movie is, they still found countless reasons to make fun of it because they’re little jerks. Not the obvious reasons like how Earthlings took down a whole advanced society with a simple computer virus, either. No, they made fun of the dramaz, the over the top, big-budget acting, and their disappointment that the movie didn’t have more women who got to beat up aliens. It was almost all about dudes. (What do you know? I can’t blame them for the last one.)

Nevertheless, they would still like us to spend $15 a ticket and take them to see the new Independence Day in theaters, so they can talk about how much better it is than the first one. (I hear it’s not, but maybe we’ll go see it on budget night, like all new release movies the Wallaces partake of.)

Have you seen the new one? Should we go full-price, bargain-night, or rental? And have YOUR kids or other youths with whom you’ve shared your treasures ever treated you so cruelly?

Angeli by Jody WallaceI have a series about invasive aliens, incidentally. It’s call the Maelstrom Series. I’ll give away an electronic copy of either the first or second volume in the series (the third one isn’t out yet) to the lucky commenter who most impresses my gremlinesque offspring with their comment! Even if it doesn’t have anything to do with the question.

Basically my kids are picking out the winner, so you should try to impress them. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

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Jody Wallace
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23 thoughts on “Independence Day and Kids Making Fun of My Favorite Shit”

  1. No I have not seen it yet. I will wait till it comes to red box, because I can not afford to pay for 5 people to get into the movies. If they do not like it they can find a way to earn $ and then I will take them.

  2. Haven’t seen the new one yet, though the original was one of my favorites. We’ve been lucky. We periodically force our kids to watch the movies we quote incessantly, just so they can get the references. They mock us until they see them. Then they go on Number One’s “favorites” list and she buys her own copies, and Number Two admits we have good taste. Like, just last night, we forced her to watch Major League, and she giggled the whole way through. 🙂

  3. I have not seen it yet. I don’t do the movie theater. I like it quiet so I can hear and see every detail so I can have a fun discussion with my kids afterward

  4. full or bargain night as long as your kids can see it with you; you can compare the old and new movies

  5. I haven’t seen it yet, but my daughter has. She said it was actually better than she thought it would be, but still not as good as the first. If your kids like to denigrate early special effects, it might be interesting to have them watch some of the REALLY cheesy ones from the 40s and 50s!

  6. My kids always mock my fave cult classics, and yet are huge fans of New Who, the latest Star Wars and lots of the reboots. They don’t know how spoilt they are with modern CGI!
    Haven’t seen the new one, not sure if I want to. I wasn’t a fan of the originals and may well save my cinema pennies for Rogue One.

  7. I haven’t seen the new one either but I plan to because I have to see why Will Smith is not in it. I’ll take the kids to see it as our one big splurge of the summer and you have to see something like that on the BIG screen. Sorry, there is just no other way to watch it!

  8. I’d probably wait for the dvd, can’t beat the original, especially since Will Smith isn’t in it!

  9. Haven’t seen the new one yet, but I really loved the first one. Will Smith punching the alien cracks me up every time I see it!

  10. I wish for your children that one day they will have a child just like them. LOL we all have children like this and I’m guessing we were all like that to.Have a great holiday.

  11. I haven’t seen the new one but I also haven’t seen the first one. lol

  12. Nothing is better than the original Independence Day because we got to watch it on VHS and had to rewind it for 30 minutes to watch it again HAHA! I am excited to see the new one as well. Your kids have awesome taste!

  13. I haven’t seen the new one yet, but I remember taking my kids to see the original Independence Day on opening day and they loved it. Since your kids are picking winners I’m going to say go all out and take your kids to see the new Independence Day….with lots of popcorn and sodas and candy!

  14. I loved the new movie but the original Independence Day movie is still my favorite. I would go through a special.

  15. Haven’t seen it yet, but I loved the first one! And Liam Hemsworth is definitely a bonus to the new one! There are probably some really cool scenes that would look great on the big screen!

  16. I haven’t seen the new one yet either, but I have not heard good things about it at all. When it comes out on DVD I’ll probably check it out. I’m sure it won’t compare to the original. I saw that in the movies when I was a teen. I went with my grandmother (she’s passed away now) and we had so much fun!! 🙂

  17. I actually heard that the new Independence Day didn’t get good reviews. But any excuse to get out the house and stuff my face with popcorn and candy is good enough for me…so I might try to talk my husband into taking me. At least the Aliens might actually scare me this time…that’s one advantage of the updated special effects! 🙂

  18. As a kid we made it a tradition to gather around and watch the wizard of oz the once a year the played it. When i tried to honor that with my own chikdren i got the same effect after the first year. They wanted to know why they had to watch it again every thanksgiving. Now there have been remakes and even though they are ok,to me its not the same as the old classic. Yes, i agree our kids can be little snots and ruin our memories! I wonder what kind of traditions they will pass on to their kids? I hope it not dumb and dumber or happy gilmore!

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