Today, I mentioned to Jason that it might be fun to try to watch the movie “Elf” with the boys. It always cracks me up every year and it seems to be such a family friendly movie, and I really had high hopes of us sitting around sipping hot chocolate and laughing it up together as a family. He and I talked about it for awhile, going over different parts of the movie trying to think of any reasons why it might not be a good idea.
We knew there was no cursing.
We knew that our 4-year old nephew watched it and enjoyed it.
The only thing we could think of was the possible trauma of seeing Santa Claus being portrayed by Artie Lange.
But we thought we would go for it.
I popped the popcorn (while Jason settled in upstairs to watch the Auburn game) and about 90 seconds in, the actual theme of the entire movie dawned on me. Adoption. Buddy realizes he is a human in an elf world and feels an overwhelming desire to search for his biological family. Ummmm, it’s kind of what the whole movie’s about.
Duh. How did that one get by us?
As it was, the boys stayed interested for approximately 18 minutes (the time it took to eat the popcorn) and then dispersed, like I knew they would.
Don’t get me wrong–we wouldn’t have kept the boys from watching it even if we had remembered the main theme of the movie, but I felt like a real cotton-headed ninny-muggins for forgetting.