When the story about the two teenage girls who watched every Academy Award Best Picture Winner and every film on the AFS 100 Movies... 100 Years list started showing up in my social media feed I felt a little curmudgeonly about it. After all, the Oscar is a trade award and not necessarily an imprimatur signifying historical excellence, and anyway, how can teenagers have the life experience that will allow them to understand and and absorb the meaning and importance of a good film anyway?
In all likelihood, the two sisters probably did not catch everything, and, at least in the article appended here, they appear to have liked the more crowd pleasing stuff, but they genuinely seem to have ventured far out into the unknown on a voyage of greater appreciation and understanding. I hope they'll rewatch the films after they have more life experience to give the viewings more emotional heft, but what the hell, they have a good start.
Here's 15 year old Julia Pitts on SOME LIKE IT HOT:
“I thought Marilyn Monroe was pretty good. I liked her as the girl in SOME LIKE IT HOT. I liked the other people in the story too. The two guys were hilarious. The whole plot was super funny."
And her 16 year old sister Cecilia on THE GODFATHER:
“Here Brando isn't a flashy mobster at all. He controls the family, He wants the best for the family. He has given them the American Dream. You can tell the actors looked up to him — and it works.”