Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Life is a (country) highway?

Although I don't consider us big movie watchers as a family, our big boys have been Cars fans for years.

Every so often for a birthday or Christmas another "Cars-car" shows up, so that by now, they almost own the whole cast.

And while specific movie or character toys may sometimes limit creative play, I have loved the numerous hours I have listened in on my boys making up their own elaborate plots with their favorite characters.

So one would think we would be jumping at the chance to take our gang to the theater for the big debut of Cars 2, but it looks like we may be missing that one.  We were originally thinking we'd go, a pretty big deal for us - we only go to the movies once every 3-5 years!  But we have since read a couple of reviews (Christian perspective from Focus on the Family's Plugged In, and even this secular review) that have us re-thinking a trip to the big screen.  Why?  Too much deviation from the original story, too much violence, and too much high-energy, hectic stimulation.  So, looks like Cars 2 is going to be a no-go in the theater for us. :(  We'll revisit and see what it is like when it comes out on DVD.

In the meantime, we are still enjoying the original in several forms, including listening to some of the soundtrack on a pixar movie mix cd we checked out from the library.

It was after listening to that cd that I learned how much of a country girl I must be.

One of the most well-known songs in Cars is Rascal Flatts' 'Life is a Highway', which includes the line "we won't hesitate to break down the guarding gate".

But that's not what I've been hearing all this time.

After seeing the movie many (many) times, I've always heard "...to break down the garden gate."  It never occurred to me it could be anything else!

Yeah, country much?

Or maybe that's just me.

(So, I've had this blog post in my head all day, and after writing most of it, I did some searching to double check the lyrics.  It turns out I'm not the only one that hears "garden gate".  Still... I think, given the context, "guarding" makes a little more sense.  What do you hear?)

What was the last movie you watched as a family?


wholarmor said...

I hear "garden gate" too. We watch a lot of DVD movies as a family, but we haven't all gone to the theater together as a family for a while. My 4 year old hasn't watched a movie in a theater yet, but we will take him to Cars 2 because he is in love with Cars. I read the reviews, and feel comfortable taking him. He's not traumatized by anything he has seen on a movie(not that he watches anything really violent- but he is a Pixar lover), so I'm not worried about the cartoon violence.

Karen said...

We don't take our girls to the movie theater, not out of strong convictions (although we have those) but because I value my sanity. ;) The last movie I went to with the girls was the original Cars (strangely enough) and I spent the entire time walking in the lobby with a toddler. I told Philip, "Never again. At least until they're teenagers." Since then they've only gone to movies with their grandparents.

Tracey said...

I hear garden gate. :) I din't know you're having a girl! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

Sheri said...

sounds like "garden gate" to me also.