Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Weekend In Guilty Pleasure Movie Marathon...

Last weekend L.A. was kind of damp and drizzly. At least in the beginning. And my dog was on bed rest after having some lower back and hind leg issues. So I decided it was the perfect time to close the blinds, light some candles, and hunker down on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, some junk food, and some guilty pleasure movies. It's just like being snowed in but without having to deal with scraping your car come Monday!

Every time I reach for movies on a day, or weekend, like this, I end up reaching for the same ones-- some that have made me smile since my childhood and I can now quote verbatim, and a few others that have drizzled onto the list much more recently. Here are my Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movie Marathon Movies.

(for the record, I don't know why so many of them star Christina Applegate. It just worked out that way. She's my comedy queen!)

Dance Til Dawn
(1988) - A made-for-TV-original movie about the Hoover High prom, starring Tracey Gold, Alan Thicke, Alyssa Milano, Kelsey Grammar, Chris Young, Matthew Perry, Christina Applegate, Brian Bloom, Tempestt Bledsoe, Mary Frann, Edie McClurg, and Cliff De Young.

Troop Beverly Hills
(1989) - A Beverly Hills housewife commands her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop, starring Shelley Long, Jenny Lewis, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Heather Hopper, Kellie Martin, Emily Schulman, Aquilina Soriano, Ami Foster, Tasha Scott, and Carla Gugino.

Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead
(1991) - A high school senior masquerades as an advertising executive to support her younger brothers and sisters one summer, starring Christina Applegate, Josh Charles, Joanna Cassidy, Concetta Tomei, Keith Coogan, Danielle Harris, Jayne Brook, David Duchovny, Christopher Pettiet, Robert Hy Gorman, and Kimmy Robertson.

Romy & Michele's High School Reunion (1997) - Two high school outcasts road trip to their reunion and prepare to make their old classmates jealous, starring Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, Alan Cumming, Julia Campbell, Elaine Hendrix, Justin Theroux, Vincent Ventresca, and Janeane Garofalo.

Drop Dead Gorgeous
(1999) - A mockumentary "inside look" into a Mount Rose American Teen Princess pageant where the entrants start, um, having "accidents," starring Kiersten Dunst, Allison Janney, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Brittany Murphy, Amy Adams, Mindy Sterling, Alexandra Holden, Shannon Nelson, Sam McMurray, Will Sasso, and Laurie Sinclair.

Miss Congeniality
(2000) - An FBI agent goes undercover in the Miss United States pageant to stop a threat before it takes down the winner, starring Sandra Bullock, Candice Bergen, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, and Heather Burns.

Legally Blonde (2001) - A girl everyone underestimates enrolls in Harvard Law and ends up representing her first client, a fitness mogul accused of killing her older husband, starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Coolidge, Selma Blair, Matt Davis, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter, Jessica Caulfiel, Alanna Ubach, Linda Cardellini, Meredith Scott Lynn, and Victor Garber.

The Sweetest Thing (2002) - Three single friends who play the "game" when it comes to dating finally start to think differently and chase down their dream men in their own way, starring Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Cameron Diaz, Thomas Jane, Jason Bateman, and Johnny Messner.

Mean Girls
(2004) - A new student agrees to infiltrate the most popular clique in North Shore high school and gets more sucked in than she could imagine, starring Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, Neil Flynn, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, and Tim Meadows.

Spring Breakdown (2009) - Three outcasts get a chance to do over their youth when one of them is tasked with keeping an eye on her boss' daughter during spring break (a woo hoo!), starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Amber Tamblyn, Missi Pyle, Mae Whitman, Patrick Fabian, Sarah Hagan, Seth Meyers, Sophie Monk, Jonathan Sadowski, and Justin Hartley.

Easy A
(2010) - A high school student sets the record straight about slutty rumors she allowed to be perpetuated, starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, and Aly Michalka.

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