When you need a good laugh, cry, nostalgia trip or pop-culture reference, there’s a late 80s or 90s rom-com for that. Sure, they don’t all hold up (You’ve Got Mail even sounds dated), but there’s just something about a throwback movie night with your older teens and millennial kids you just have to appreciate.
One rom-com to rule them all, Pretty Woman earns its place as a beloved film in the genre for its quotable lines and mostly ridiculous plot. Skip the awkward watch with your teens and watch with the older kids instead, or just know they are all on their phones anyway and hardly paying attention. Can’t get enough of Julia Roberts? She also graces the leading lady role of My Best Friend’s Wedding, Runaway Bride and Notting Hill — just to name a few.
Speaking of ridiculous plot lines, Overboard is a must for good heart-warming watch for all ages. See real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell create #relationshipgoals in 1987 with a silly storyline keeping everyone engaged and laughing.
Moonstruck and Mermaids
See Cher in her element as a leading lady in two quirky rom coms, Moonstruck and Mermaids, with scene-stealing appearances by Nicolas Cage, Winona Rider and Christina Ricci. Highly recommend Mermaids for a mother-daughter watch for a throwback coming-of-age story.
This one will make you laugh, cry (a lot) and maybe even cringe and Harry Connick Jr. chases a young Sandra Bullock all over rural Texas. Watch Bullock turn the tables on the leading man and become the chaser in While You Were Sleeping — she really can do it all.
You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally
Knock a few out at once with rom-com royalty Meg Ryan (featuring Tom Hanks twice and Billy Crystal once) marathon. See if When Harry Met Sally answers the time-old question: Can guys and girls be just friends? Another awkward scene or two, but it’s been parodied enough in modern comedies, you’ll know just when to go make popcorn.
10 Things I Hate About You
A true delight even 10 years later, 10 Things I Hate About You brings all the rom-com drama, laughs and iconic wardrobe.
Blast from the Past
Not the most famous rom com of the century, but a personal favorite, Blast From the Past is, well, a blast from the past. Starring throwback rom-com hunk Brendan Fraser, the iconic Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek and, another rom-com list-topper, Clueless star Alicia Silverstone — this one is well worth the watch.
Chances are you know South Beach or have heard about the southernmost section of Miami Beach — 23rd Street to South Pointe Park. It’s the historic Art Deco district with stunning white and pastel buildings lining Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and beyond.
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Tucked into the central coast of California is a trail of history waiting to be found by your kids. The Highway 1 Discovery Route through San Luis Obispo County snakes along the winnowy Pacific Coast Highway, CA-1, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The more than 100 miles of mostly protected coastline begins after a four-hour drive from San Francisco at Ragged Point, or about three hours from Los Angeles at Nipomo. The trail features 10 cities, connected by cliffs, carved by a moody ocean, and a slower pace of life. There are plenty of reasons to stop and walk into the past, preserved by those whose hearts still live there. Nature lovers will linger on the many trails to hike and picnic areas. We drove from Los Angeles with two 9-year-old boys to explore this part of the state.
Raising a budding Julia Child or Jacques Pépin? Or just looking for a more interactive family activity? Register your family (or kids) for a cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
The coastal city of Dubrovnik, in the south, is perhaps the most popular destination in Croatia for families. The red roof tops of the white buildings are a strong contrast to the jewel-toned Adriatic Sea surrounding the city, making it a picturesque stop for many cruise ships. The city is known for being affordable for families looking for a seaside vacation.