Milk and Cookies and an Instant MovieInstant Movie: ‘Annie' (1982)Myrna Valadez

Annie made being an orphan so cool in the ’80s. She danced, sang, had awesomely bad hair and got to swim indoors whenever she wanted. As a kid, I wanted to be adopted by a creepy bald man who threw money my way but hey, it just wasn’t in the cards for me. Instead, I spent my time watching Annie and consoled myself (for not being a rich orphan) by imitating her singing and dancing. After I realized that money doesn’t buy happiness and all that junk, I still managed to keep Annie in my heart and in my film collection. In this weeks Instant Movie pick you’ll find:

  1. The cutest red-head to come out of the ’80s! Aileen Quinn stars as Annie, the spunky orphan looking for a family.
  2. Annie is a fellow curly top. As a curl connoisseur, she gets my stamp of approval in the curl department!
  3. Set during the Great Depression, this film features ’20s chic fashion…and a different form of street fashion, too (see: orphanage).
  4. Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks is fantastic. He’s cold but soon learns to love with a help of a certain orphan – so heartwarming.
  5. And lastly, the very funny comedian Carol Burnett. No one plays a drunken train wreck quite like Carol.

So gather up the little ones, burst their bubbles by reminding them they’re very much not adopted and prepare to enjoy the touching story of an orphan girl who brought an empty man the love he so desperately needed.

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  1. One of my all time faves! I even (at the ripe old age of 4) was in a little theater production of it. So what if I pee’d my pants on stage on opening night and my mom had to run home during intermission and get me a change of wardrobe. I dancing to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” on a desk in front of millions, MILLIONS! (dozens?) A was living the 4 year old’s dream. I just made my husband watch Annie not too long ago. <3

  2. brilliant! saw this movie a bazillion times when I was a kid. the lovable rebels have always been my favourite :)

  3. This was one of the first movies I ever saw in the theatre. And I was OBSESSED with it! I had every doll, record and etc. I still adore this movie!

  4. This was my favorite movie when I was little! And, I used to listen to the soundtrack CONSTANTLY! Fine choice!