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I’m certain we all have a movie in mind from our childhood that we held in high regard. It might have been the funniest movie we ever saw or maybe it introduced to ideas or concepts that were foreign to us at the time. Whatever the reason, the movie stayed with us throughout our adolescent years. Then when we’re an adult we stumble across the movie and decide to rewatch it again to relive all those beautiful memories.
And then the movie is not at all what you remembered it to be. It’s bad. It’s not funny. You begin to regret ever thinking it was a masterpiece. We’ve all been there. So the question I ask today is: what movie that you loved as a kid did not hold up when you rewatched it as an adult?
Barnyard. Marketed as “The Original Party Animals,” I loved this film as a kid. I saw it in theaters and laughed my ass off. But I think I never actually saw it after that one time. Maybe I rewatched it on TV, but I hadn’t seen it for a good decade when I decided to buy the DVD and rewatch it as a twenty-something year old.
I was very disappointed in the humor. Sure, the two best scenes in the movie were still the best scenes, but they weren’t as funny or awesome as I remembered them to be. Rewatching Barnyard as an adult definitely tainted the memories I had for the film. I haven’t revisited the film since and I’m not sure I will. The last thing I want to do is rewatch the film and realize that it is even worse than I remember it being the last time I watched it. There is only so much damage one can do.
So what about you, folks? What children’s movie was your Barnyard?
I’ll see you in the trenches.