To Grandmother’s House We Go (ABC, 1992)
Sarah: Try to be really small!
Julie: I am really small!
Starring: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Cynthia Geary, Rhea Pearlman
Synopsis: When the twins feel like their mom is tired of them, they take off on an exciting adventure to grandmother’s house and encounter a pair of villains along the way. (x)
In My Humble Opinion: It’s probably my sense of childhood nostalgia here, but To Grandmother’s House We Go is a classic, ridiculous schmaltzy, fabulous piece of television movie history and is pretty damn perfectly calibrated for children in its writing. For example, what child couldn’t relate to running away from home with a poorly packed backpack only to find trouble when they made it to the end of their street? I rate it highly not because its the greatest movie ever, but because it sets the golden standard of these types films. Both for the people making these types of films, and for those watching.
Watch If: You are avidly against the wreckless murder of snowmen, you are cynically aware that grownups will say anything to make kids cooperate, or if you always make a well calibrated list of who you robbed from to raise ransom money.
Skip If: If you would be miffed by getting an eaten chicken wing in your tip jar, you would be jealous of someone with a tv in the front seat of his car, or if you get annoyed when someone asks you what your little name is.
Final Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★