My daughter asked me, “Daddy, why do you always want to watch a different movie?” By this she meant, why don’t I like to watch the same movie with her over and over again. We have movie night with her every Friday and her mom and I always want to watch something new, “We love Snow White sweetie, but we watched it last week”. She’s like the boss from The Office trying to make us watch the same episode of Entourage 4 weeks in a row!
But her question also made me wonder why we like to watch the same things again and again when we’re kids, but when we get older we watch it once and we’re done with it. I’m always trying to learn new things from the Braniac (her informal title), so I give the question some careful consideration. I think one of the reasons they rewatch the same movie is because they’re getting something new each time they watch it. Film critics and directors watch the same movies over and over. And they’re learning or observing something new each time (well, maybe not the critics).
As we grow up we observe less in general, we learn less. We watch a movie for the basics, we glaze over, and if we’re lucky we remember a few lines (unless the movie is Tommy Boy and then we’re unlucky if we remember a few lines). We aren’t picking up on the details, we aren’t soaking it all in. Remember on Amelie when she points out the fly that has made it into the movie she’s watching, she’s noticing details most of us would miss.
So what I’ve decided to do, the next time she asks me to watch one of those very familiar Disney movies with her, is tell her ‘it’s a date’. You should do the same, and I guarantee we’ll all learn something new.