There have been times in my life when I’ve been invited to things. I usually end up having to work or sleep or do something far less interesting, but I’ve been known, from time to time, to make my presence known at a holiday gathering or two. One particular holiday of which I’ve long been a fan is the fourth of July. From fireworks on the National Mall to suburban block parties to back yard BBQs that end with various limbs in danger (thanks to the backyard BBQ’s constant cohort, the backyard fireworks display), I’ve never been one to shy from a few cold ones and grilled meat in celebration of this wonderful nation. It’s for the troops, for the American dream and for future generations that I imbibe. And because it’s a good time, of course.
Another great Fourth of July tradition is that of getting out of the heat, before the fireworks start, and seeing a movie in a nice air conditioned theater, be it the multiplex or the couchiplex. Nothing says America like some good old fashioned Hollywood commerce. Which brings us to this week’s Pop Quiz question: what is your go-to Fourth of July movie?
For me, it’s one of a number of films du Americana. A League of Their Own reminds me of a more innocent time, when men went off to war and came back heroes, only to find that their lovely dames had taken to the national pastime with ferocious girl-on-girl competitiveness. Remember when Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell could be on-screen and not make you want to change the channel? This was that movie. And whether you identify more with Jimmy Dugan, Kit Keller or Marla Hooch… Hooch…, there’s something in there for every man, woman and Stillwell Angel child. A special movie discovered in the summers of my youth, A League of Their Own taught me a great many things. For one, there’s no crying in baseball…
Now it’s time for you to answer in the comments below.
What is your go-to Fourth of July movie?