While we may not realize it, there have been quite a few movies about moving. Relocating to New York or a new home or area anyway has been a favorite topic of Hollywood for years. Next to the ‘coming of age’ movie, it is a sure bet that moving has been and will be in many more feature films. Check out this list and see how many you remember!
Karate Kid: The iconic first film in the now (depending on your view) overdone series, this 1984 movie follows a teen that moves to California from New Jersey. Ralph Macchio stars as Daniel Larusso along with Pat Morita as Mr. Myagi, the apartment complex’s maintenance man. Daniel learns to believe in himself after many trials with the help of Mr. Myagi.
Money Pit: Tom Hanks and Shelley long star as a couple buying a home. Their search ends with what at first glance seems like an amazing deal- a mansion at a rock-bottom price. Once the two move into the home they find that it is literally a money pit that will take a ton of money to repair. One remodeling project turns into another as the house seems to fight against them the whole way. If you think your move was bad, just give this 1986 movie a view.
Moving: Richard Pryor plays an engineer from New Jersey who finds that he must relocate after losing his job in this 1988 film. His new employer is in Idaho and just getting there is the least of his problems. It turns out that the movers he hires are ex-convicts and the person he has drive his car across the country has multiple personalities. Anyone that is experiencing what they think is a horrible move will feel much better after watching what Pryor’s character goes through! These guys should have hired FlatRate movers.
Cheaper By The Dozen: In 2003 the phrase ‘cheaper by the dozen’ took on new meaning with this movie starring Steve Martin as the father of 12 children moving from the country to the city. The movie uses each character’s perspective to examine the move and the feelings of the family. Families of all sizes will appreciate this feel good movie.
Funny Farm: No list concerning movies about moving would be complete without this 1984 film starring Chevy Chase. The comedian plays a sports journalist that quits his job to move to the country and write a novel. Hilariousness ensues when Chase’s character has interactions with the locals and the wildlife around his new home. If you really need a laugh after your move, this film will have you in stitches, (especially if your new neighbors are a bit odd).
Beverly Hillbillies: Who doesn’t remember the classic television program (and movie remake) about a poor mountain family whose patriarch struck oil while hunting? His bullet strikes the ground and crude oil rushes to the surface, instantly turning Jed Clampett into a millionaire. He and his interesting family move to Beverly Hills, creating havoc for everyone that meets them. In 1993 a remake of this classic came to theaters starring the late Jim Varney as Jed. Feel free to add your favorite movies about moving in the comments section below.
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