Sometimes -as people- we often victimize ourselves as hoarders of culture. Think about it, we try our very best to glorify things from the past; making it seem greater than it really was.
Example: In my generation, N’SYNC and
BBMak Backstreet Boys were considered top shelf music entertainment. An argument can be made that New Direction is this generation’s version of N’SYNC; however, people from my generation will never admit that because what was once theirs, is forever lost.
I suppose you can say the same thing about movies. I mean, come’on, we ALL know your grandparents shove White Christmas down your throat come holiday season, when, in reality, all you really want to do is watch Bad Santa.
The truth is, these sort of things become extremely subjective when speaking in terms of nostalgia. A memory can make something that is actually bad into something good; and that, is a beautiful thing.
So, with that all being said…Lets talk Disney Channel Original Movies!
So many great ones! We have classics like Johnny Tsunami, Smart House, Zenon, and Cadet Kelly…and then we have some personal favorites, such as Halloweentown, The Thirteenth Year, and High School Musical.
However, one movie has continued to river-dance its way into our hearts every St. Patrick’s Day (If you can’t guess the movie, then you were stuck without cable as a child)
That’s right gang, it’s Disney’s The Luck of the Irish!
Ryan Merriman, you handsome devil, you. How did I ever hate you in 2013’s 42?! I owe so much to your awarding winning portrayal as Kyle Johnson!
Okay, moment of sincerity reveals that this is not a good movie…
I mean, we have grade school basketball games that are more loud and packed than a college game in March, AND we are taught the Irish culture through the most stereotypical cliches (Leprechauns, potatoes, river-dance, gold, and Celtic games).
This film does absolutely nothing for adults…which means it does everything for kids!
I have to admit, upon recent viewing (while acknowledging the films lack of quality), I found myself quite giddy in some of the film’s more subtle moments. It took me right back to 2001, when the film was released. I remember my first viewing; it involved cabbage, corned beef, spuds, and green jello.
This film had an extremely successful run on the Disney channel for nearly 10 years (I don’t believe it runs on St. Patrick’s Day anymore though). Shame, where else am I going to get to hear all of those offensive accents?
The fact that Disney showed the balls to tell the tale of a 13 year old basketball phenom who soon finds out that he is a leprechaun tells me one thing… Disney wanted this to be their The Color Purple. I mean, if we have to better understand racial slander and all of its endeavors through the eyes of a slave, then why can’t we receive the same treatment from those fable Irish folk?
(John Hans Fuhrer would love this movie! The main character’s best friend is a short black kid named Russell, who sucks at basketball)
Aside from all of the hogwash I have bestowed upon my readers, I offer this last bit of caster oil before you may enjoy your spoon full of sugar…
Understand that this film, while a bit silly, can really show unity in our heritage. We are painted a picture of friendship among those whom are different, and we see it through characters we have met before in our own lives. The Luck of the Irish serves as a lesson through laughter. “This land is your land…this land is my land.”
Ok, that scene is really cheesy though…