After a lifetime in an isolated tower, Rapunzel's desire to get out on her own to achieve her one dream for her 18th birthday sets this story in motion. Highlights: Catchy songs, a villain whose primary weapon is manipulation, the best non-speaking performance by an animated side character in history (the king, not Pascal).
2. Liar Liar
It's not our hero's birthday that alters the course of his life, but that of his six year old son, who wishes that for one day his dad couldn't tell a lie--no easy feat when working as a crooked lawyer. Highlights: Jim Carrey, quotable quotes, Greta.
3. Wizard People, Dear Readers
We all know by now what happens to Harry Potter on his 11th birthday, and who hasn't seen the first movie at least three times? Rather than repeat the same old nostalgia, try this hilarious remix--the entire Sorcerer's Stone movie, redubbed and narrated in the most ridiculous way. Start here. Highlights: Mouthoil, Professor Hardcastle McCormick, Ronnie the Bear.
4. The Forbidden Kingdom
A gunshot and a fall off a roof drops Jason into the ancient world of kung fu, and we follow the action, adventure, and insight on a journey of fast-paced battles on a quest to save the world. Highlights: Jackie Chan and Jet Li on the same screen, a hot Jade Warlord, gorgeous backdrops.
5. Mrs. Doubtfire
Right out the gate this movie serves up laughs and a bangin' party for Daniel's teenage son--unfortunately it becomes the last straw for his straight-and-narrow wife. She asks for a divorce, which pushes Daniel well beyond the realm of what either of them could expect in his desperate efforts to stay with their kids. Highlights: Fantastic performances, Robin Williams, and... Greta? Well, Mrs. Sellner.
6. Lord of the Rings
It's Bilbo's birthday party, but it's Frodo's life that changes forever as he's thrust right into the heart of the battle for Middle Earth. With three extended editions, this is the king of all movie marathons. Highlights: Epic music, epic costumes, epic sets.
7. Stardust For Trist[r]an Thorn (+r in the book, -r in the movie), everything changes when he agrees to go hunt down a fallen star as a birthday gift for his unrequited beloved, Victoria. Highlights: An adorable mouse, Robert DeNiro in drag, a hilarious gag reel.
A celebration on the eve of the annual six meter yacht races is what kicks this story off, rather than a birthday. But it's my favorite movie of all time, and that party sets Sabrina on an unwanted journey of self-discovery, when she realizes having all she dreamed of might not be what she truly wants. Highlights: Old fashioned butt jokes, Audrey Hepburn singing “La Vie en Rose,” the clothes. I hope these bring you some enjoyment, and good luck at your next shindig. 8)
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