Retro Rental: Xanadu

It's Retro Rental time! What's Retro Rental, you ask? Well, first of all, let’s be honest -- as busy parents, we often find ourselves half-asleep in a movie theater watching (okay, missing) the newest film release. We’re texting the babysitter while munching on popcorn or preoccupied by well-rested couples on dates. Why do we torture ourselves? A family movie night can be enjoyed by everyone if you turn to the hit movies we all loved as children. No, the Avatar-like effects aren't there, but many have stories that still resonate, whether you were born in the '60s or the '80s or just a few years ago.

If you have girls, Xanadu may be the ultimate guilty pleasure of all retro rentals; well that, Annie and Grease. This week my daughter and I were sucked into a world of muses, feathered hair and rollerskates.  I actually had to explain those archaic rolling devices to my child, who looked at me as if the wheels were square. I can’t say that I paid total attention to her response to the flick, as I was mesmerized by the cheesy neon effects and of course, the enthralling Olivia Newton John -- they just don’t make 'em like her anymore. I guess in my daughter’s world she's the equivalent of Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, but to those who grew up with Grease and 'Let's Get Physical,' she's so much more. I’d like to see Demi pull off those ribbon barrettes, the Farrah Fawcett flip, and leg warmers all at the same time. Good luck, tweens!

The music, though totally cheesy, was as enjoyable as ever. (And much to my daughter’s dismay, I belted every word.)  The cartoon sequence wowed her and struck a nostalgic chord with me -- you just don’t see that early 80's animation anymore.  We were both fixated until the end when the Xanadu club opened with a rousing series of songs, skating and acrobatics that would outdo Pink’s ribbon twirling feats any day of the week.  My daughter was transported to a made-up universe of odd hairdos, fashions and terminology, and I was simply transported to my childhood -- either way, it was worth the trip.

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