Films I watched as a kid that made me the woman I am today
Plus probably 1000 more, these are the ones that came to mind now
- •MadelineThe first film I saw in the cinema. So good I cried when it was over because I didn't want it to end. For years people told me I looked like Madeline which gave me unbelievable amounts of confidence. Mads taught me to be tough, to fear nothing, to love nuns and to always have a hair clip on you.
- •GreaseAs @sherriandrew will never let me forget, Grease was 'the sexual awakening of my youth' (well, one of about 600 and counting). I have never truly been feelin' myself as much as I was as an 8 year old seductively singing 'feel your way' with one leg propped up on my bedroom door frame, being caressed by my own podgy hand. Rizzo also taught me about slut-shaming which, as we can see, was probably a good thing.
- •Grease 2When Grease had sufficiently awakened me sexually, Grease 2 was right there in the other half of the VHS case, ready for my feminist awakening. I have never aspired to be anyone more than Michelle Pfieffer's character: one bad bitch who doesn't give a shit about the supposed T Bird 'ownership' of the Pink Ladies. At the end of the day, we're all just looking for our Cool Riders, no?
- •Romy and Michele's High School ReunionI have a completely unfounded confidence in giving no shits what people think of me that I can only imagine I learnt from this film. Don't bother lying about inventing the Post-It, you're better than everyone else anyway.
- •Bend It Like BeckhamTo be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no desire to become a professional footballer BUT this film let me know that I can. I also learnt that having beans on toast scars don't mean shit and JRM is still going to want to bang you regardless.
- •Dirty DancingAnother sexual awakening to add to the list. Although I didn't realise the backstreet abortion element of this film until I was about 15, it was still a good lesson to learn then. This firmly cemented my 'the past looks romantic and fun, but thank God we live in 2016 where contraception is free and easily accessible' outlook on life.
- •Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's DeadThis film is, quite frankly, my everything. I truly believe that all young girls should be made to watch this to learn just how to be a kick-ass, self-sufficient woman. It taught me everything I needed to know about the world of work and the importance of faking it till you make it.