From “Curly Sue” to “My Girl”: nostalgic for the best children's films of the 1990s

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Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in the movie “My Girl”

The trend for the return of the 1990s today can be traced not only in fashion and hairstyles, but also in the desire to fully and completely imbued with this era – including its culture and cinema. You can also immerse yourself in that time with the help of the most popular children's films of the 1990s. All that remains is to dilute yourself with Yupi (bags with this magic fizzy from the past can be easily ordered on the Internet today), stock up on chips or popcorn and have yourself a nostalgic movie night. Well, our selection of the best foreign films for teenagers of those times will help pass the time looking for a suitable picture. PS There are so many really cool films from that period that Spletnik could easily have missed something, so feel free to share your favorite children's films of the 90s era in the comments!

Free Willy

Year: 1993
Director: Simon Winser

Why watch

To believe in the friendship between humans and animals, and to understand the need to preserve wildlife.

About what

The film follows a killer whale named Willie, who is separated from her pack and sent to an amusement park to earn a fortune from performing with her. One day, Willie meets with a boy named Jesse, who ran away from home and is engaged in begging to earn a living. This is how the story of a strong friendship between a street child and a killer whale begins.

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Jason James Richter in Free Willie

“Site” (The Sandlot)

Year: 1993
Director: David M. Evans

Why watch

To understand that changing the usual social circle is not a tragedy yet. Sometimes she can bring new incredible acquaintances and true loyal friends.

About what

In the center of the plot is a schoolboy named Scotty, who, after graduating from the fifth grade, moves to another state with his parents. The kid had to leave all childhood friends and start life from scratch. In the film, he is desperately trying to fit into a new company and become the new star on the local baseball team.

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Shot from the film “Playground”

Stand by Me

Year: 1986
Director: Rob Reiner

Why watch

To understand that there is nothing more precious than disinterested childhood friendship, as well as to imbue the spirit of adventurism and remember your incredible childhood adventures with cozy evenings around the fire. And also for the piercingly sincere performance of the late River Phoenix and Will Wheaton, the star of The Big Bang Theory. The cult children's film was released in the mid-1980s, but we just couldn't help but include it in our selection. The film, based on Stephen King's novel The Body, was once even nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

About what

A group of four friends sets out to find the missing boy. None of them really understands why they need it, but they still embark on a dangerous journey with adventurism. On their way, they meet many difficulties and obstacles, sometimes they show courage, and sometimes – weakness, and also conduct sincere conversations and friendship and their future. In the finale, the audience will have to find out how the fate of each participant in the trip developed, and what memories that last childhood summer left for them.

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River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton in Stay With Me

“Matilda”

Year: 1996
Director: Danny DeVito

Why watch

To believe in real magic and make sure that sooner or later justice will still prevail.

About what

The main character of the film, a girl named Matilda, has supernatural powers. For example, he can move objects with just one glance and easily multiplies huge numbers in his head. Alas, it would seem that the closest people – Matilda's parents – do not admire her talents, but, on the contrary, demonstrate absolute indifference to a gifted child. However, the baby will definitely break through this blank wall and declare herself.

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Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson and Ri Perlman in Matilda

Dennis the Menace

Year: 1993
Director:
Nick Castle

Why watch

To understand that somewhere deep inside each of us is hiding a mischievous child with a whole baggage of little pranks, and this secret personality sometimes needs to be let out.

About what

5-year-old Dennis – a sheer nightmare for those around you. The boy loves to be mischievous, and most of all gets from him an elderly neighbor, Mr. Wilson. Therefore, when a petty thief unexpectedly appears in the town, all suspicions immediately fall on baby Dennis. Frustrated by the unfair accusations, the boy goes on the run, but falls right into the clutches of a local vagabond. However, at first, the villain does not even know that the mischievous kid is ready to offer him tough resistance.

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Walter Mattau and Mason Gamble in Dennis the Menace

“The Witches”

Year: 1990
Director: Nicholas Rogue

Why watch

To feel the atmosphere of mysticism, as in childhood – to believe in fairy tales again and make sure that good always triumphs over evil.

About what

Since childhood, grandmother told little Luke scary stories about witches who hate children and want to cast a spell on them. One day Luke and his grandmother go to rest on the seaside. The hotel where they stay coincidentally hosts the annual gathering of the British witches. A little boy falls into the clutches of villains and after their witchcraft spells turns into a mouse. However, this circumstance does not stop Luke. Even being in the body of a rodent, he will do everything to rid the world of evil sorceresses once and for all.

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Jasen Fisher and Angelica Houston in The Witches

Home Alone

Year: 1990
Director: Chris Columbus

Why watch

To soak up the spirit of Christmas (so what, it's the beginning of autumn) and understand that even from the worst situation you can always benefit.

About what

The cult story of baby Kevin, forgotten by his parents at home during the Christmas holidays, is perhaps familiar to everyone from childhood. The boy is not lost and finds a way to cheerfully celebrate the holiday alone, while even robbers who have entered the house will not be able to disrupt his plans. This, fortunately, is impossible in real life, but how nice it is sometimes to dream up.

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Macaulay Culkin in the movie “Home Alone”

The Mighty Ducks

Year: 1992
Director: Stephen Herek

Why watch

To understand how important a close-knit teamwork is, and that winning is far from the most important thing.

About what

Gordon Bombay's attorney sentenced to community service for an offense at work. Now he must remember his childhood hockey hobby and become the coach of a children's team called The Mighty Ducklings. So far, we are not talking about the game and cunning tricks: the guys can barely skate, but Bombay will do everything to lead the “Powerful Ducklings” to the long-awaited victory.

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A scene from the movie “The Powerful Ducklings”
My Girl

Year: 1991
Director: Howard Ziff

Why watch

To believe that the quote about love, to which “all ages are submissive,” from Pushkin's novel “Eugene Onegin” is not an empty phrase, and also to learn to treat death easier.

About what

The main character, 11-year-old Veida Saltenfass, after the death of her mother, lives in a small town with her father and elderly grandmother. The girl's father is engaged in the provision of funeral services, so from childhood she treats death differently than most of her peers. After the death of his wife, Veida's father is completely immersed in work, but his life changes when a new employee is hired at his funeral home. Veida is delighted to see her father so happy for the first time in a long time. She herself also begins to understand what love is, after she becomes close to her best friend Thomas.

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Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in the movie “My Girl”

The Little Rascals

Year: 1994
Director: Penelope Sphyris

Why watch

To remember what first love is, and to understand that quarrels sometimes only strengthen friendship.

About what

The young heroes of the film organize a closed misogynist club and severely punish all its participants for dating girls. Girls, by the way, also do not see anything good in communicating with boys and constantly condemn them in their conversations. As you can already guess, at the end of the film, all the characters will have to be disappointed in their own views, as well as learn what first love and true friendship are.

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Shot from the film “Little Rascals”

Zeus and Roxanne

Year: 1997
Director: George Miller

Why watch

To understand that sometimes animals can be much more human than us humans.

About what

A funny dog named Zeus lives with the addicted to music Terry Barnett and her little son. The dog that loves to get into trouble was immediately disliked by Terry's neighbor Mary Beth and her two daughters. Beth herself works with dolphins and studies their behavior. When Zeus secretly enters her ship and accidentally falls into the water, a dolphin named Roxana saves him from certain death. After that, the animals become best friends and bring together once rival families.

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A scene from the film “Zeus and Roxanne”

Jack

Year: 1996
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Why watch

To understand that judging someone by their appearance is the worst thing!

About what

At the center of the story is a 10-year-old boy named Jack. He, like his peers, goes to school and only learns the world, but he is very different from all of them. At ten, Jack, due to a rare disease, looks four times his age, but despite the fact that he looks like a grown man, at heart he remains a sincere and vulnerable child. In the film, he tries to make friends and cope with all the problems associated with his personality.

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Robin Williams and other actors in the movie “Jack”
Hocus Pocus

Year: 1993
Director: Kenny Ortega

Why watch

For the sake of believing in miracles and enjoying Sarah Jessica Parker not only in her usual image of the glamorous blonde Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City” for most viewers.

About what

After a magical ritual, the Sanders sisters, executed at the end of the 17th century, are resurrected 300 years later. Now the plans of the evil witches are to eat all the young children in the city in order to find eternal youth. However, a new reality prevents the insidious sorceresses from moving towards their main goal: they, who returned to life after three hundred years, have to adapt to new morals and get used to the wonders of progress.

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Katie Najimi, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Pocus

It Takes Two

Year: 1995
Director: Andy Tennant

Why watch

If only for the sake of remembering how cute sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were as children: at the time of filming, the girls were about 10 years old.

About what

The story is about two girls, completely different in character, but similar as two peas in a pod, Amanda and Elissa. One lives in an orphanage, and the other lives in a luxurious house with a very wealthy single father. Somehow, the girls accidentally meet and conceive a scam: they change places to prevent the marriage of Elissa's father with a calculating and evil person and fall in love with Amanda's guardian, the kind and noble Diana.

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in the movie “Two: Me and My Shadow”

The Parent Trap

Year: 1998
Director: Nancy Myers

Why watch

For the sake of the young and mischievous Lindsay Lohan, who had to “split in two” in the frame and play two twin heroines dissimilar in character.

About what

Plot the picture is similar to the previous picture in the selection – such films were very popular in the mid-1990s. The twins Holly and Annie are separated as children, but they meet at the children's camp and learn about each other's existence. After the parents divorced, one of them stayed with her mother, and the other with her father. Now the girls intend to reconcile their parents and again live as one big family, and for a start they change places.

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Lindsey Lohan
Mrs. Doubtfir

Year: 1993
Director: Chris Columbus

Why watch

For Robin Williams in a dress and the belief that nothing is impossible in the world!

About what

After the divorce, the ex-wife allows Daniel Hillard to see the children only once a week. A caring father does not agree with this state of affairs and finds an original way out of the situation. He transforms into an elderly woman in a dress and is hired by his own wife as a housekeeper. Hillard achieves his own goal and now practically does not part with children. However, his seemingly innocent scam has unpredictable consequences.

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Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire

Curly Sue

Year: 1991
Director: John Hughes

Why watch

To understand that true love is always stronger than any money and connections.

About what

A story about a tramp and petty crook Bill and his adopted daughter, Curly Sue. During one of their scams, Bill and the baby meet a successful and wealthy lawyer, Gray Ellison. This meeting forever changes the lives of all participants in history.

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Alisan Porter and James Belushi in Curly Sue

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