6 Perfect Movies for Bringing in Springtime

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March 30th, 2014

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When winter has dragged on long enough and movie lovers cannot wait to start seeing spring flowers bud, it is time for them to pull out one of these perfect springtime movies. A springtime movie is one that does not take itself too seriously and does not demand too much from its audience. It is light and fun, reflecting the hope and joy that come as daffodils poke their heads through the snow and mud. The following are a few springtime movies perfect for lifting spirits and getting audiences ready for a season of sunshine, green grass and renewed high spirits.

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"Emma"

Light hearted and fun, "Emma" is a 1996 movie based on the book by Jane Austen featuring Gwyneth Paltrow in her first starring role. Audiences should not let the period costumes and setting fool them, "Emma" is a witty and even at times sarcastic look at romantic intrigue. Even though the manners and attitudes may seem a bit odd, at its center, "Emma" cuts right to the heart of the eternal struggle of young lovers against societal and familial expectations. Paltrow is elegant and delightful in the title role, and the movie is filled with wickedly funny moments and plenty of young love.

 

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"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

Although an 1954 musical might not be the first film that movie lovers queue up on their springtime list, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is a perfect movie for the category. It even has a song celebrating the arrival of spring, "June is Busting Out All Over," an easy melody for a sing-along. The movie tells the story of seven brothers who kidnap seven young women as their brides, then get stuck when an avalanche blocks the way to either group's home. The young women, however, are not content with the subservient roles the brothers have chosen for them, locking the men in the barn until the spring thaw begins. Movie lovers get to enjoy some old-fashioned fun as they wait for their own spring thaw to begin.

 

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"Royal Wedding"

Spring is the time for weddings. Viewers take another trip back to a light-hearted past with "Royal Wedding" starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. The two play a brother and sister traveling to London for a royal wedding and get caught up in their own delightful romances. The movie features the unmistakable beauty of London in the spring and has a feeling of celebration throughout. As a bonus, viewers get some of Astaire's best dance numbers anywhere, including his famous "dancing on the ceiling" number that so many people have copied but never equaled.

 

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"Animal House"

Spring means more than just sunshine and flowers. To millions of college students (or college students at heart), it means spring break. This list is not complete without a great spring break movie in the springtime collection. John Landis' 1978 classic "Animal House" stars the late, great John Belushi in one of his signature roles. "Animal House" sets the standard for sweet yet raunchy spring break movies and has never been surpassed. Bawdy, witty and laugh-out-loud hilarious, the movie follows a pair of freshmen as they join the most low-class fraternity at their college. Movie lovers can put the kids to bed early and enjoy the slapstick fun and Belushi's brilliant performance as John Blutarsky.

 

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"Ten Things I Hate About You"

"Ten Things I Hate About You" takes its audience back to high school in the spring, complete with soccer practice, teen romance and prom. The audience may be surprised to realize that this movie, which first hit theaters in 1999, is actually an adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew." A young Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and late Academy-Award winner Heath Ledger are in some of their earliest roles on screen. Witty and smart, this teen romance rises to the challenges of its auspicious roots with beautiful performances and enormous charm.

 

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"Bambi"

Some of the most beautiful springtime sequences ever put on film grace this classic animated movie, first released in 1942. The adventures of Bambi with his friends Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk are still delightful and timeless over 70 years later, and Bambi's awkward romance with the beautiful doe Faline is a perfect springtime romance. Parents will probably remember their own shock when they first saw the death of Bambi's mother at the hands of human hunters and want to shield their children from the moment or talk through it with them. Bambi's journey from young fawn to the proud stag carrying many antlers is a classic coming-of-age story that resonates strongly.

These perfect springtime movies are ideal for that lull before the weather turns warm and the summer blockbusters hit the theaters. Springtime classics get the heart and mind ready for the renewal of the season.