Date completed: Friday, February 5, 2016
Related: 16 Things List
I don't know about you but when I see a photo of a kid express the full range of the six basic emotions during the course of a 90 minute movie, I want to experience it in person. Both Erin and Ben Reichelt have been known to post photos of their kids' expressive facial reactions to movies and other tough situations in a young person's life like being made to try a cupcake. I can't like/heart/favorite those photos enough (more please!). After about two years of seeing photos of them watching movies, I wanted in on that fun. I cleverly added seeing a movie with them to my list of things to do in 2016 (with a safety net of a more general request to crash people's traditions in case it didn't work out). Fortunately it did and this time I was doing the documenting.
Questions about the tradition
Before movie night, I emailed Erin a few questions about their tradition. Here's her answers:
Inside Out (2015) - runtime 95 minutes
Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Animated Movie
Transcript of Reichelt children watching Inside Out
My experience with their tradition
a What a fun way to spend a Friday night! I know it may not be considered a "tradition" to the Reichelt's right now but I guarantee when Annie, Luke, and Charlie are grown, they'll look back on family movie nights fondly. I liked watching movie with Annie and Luke and was impressed with how engaged they were by asking thoughtful questions and making observations of the character and plot development.
While Inside Out didn't have the high drama that elicits killer facial expressions, I liked the discussion we had because of the subject matter. Annie seemed to grasp the more subtle messages. Luke definitely understood the movie but was quick to switch the topic to his feelings about The Nut Job which I think may be his current favorite movie.
I hope I'll be invited back for another Reichelt family movie night. Or, if Erin and Ben are ever in a pinch for childcare, they can hit me up as long as I can watch movies and eat pizza with their kids.
Invite me to crash your tradition
I'd love to tag along as you observe one of your traditions. Email me with the details!
The Nivens Family