It only took us six and a half years.
But finally, this summer, we braved the movie theater with our kids.
After spending years analyzing and stressing over which movie would be the perfect first theater experience (not too scary, not too boring, not so riveting that they can’t take pee breaks), we decided on Monsters University, and it was ideal. So much so that we took them to Planes just a couple of months later – clearly we should have started taking them sooner.
Although Noah’s favorite monster is Sulley, nothing is quite as fabulous as hearing him yell in a theater full of people, “There’s MIKE WAZOWSKIIIIIIIIII!”
The movie itself was awesome, and thanks to its college setting, had plenty of humor for the adults, too.
It begins with Mike as an elementary student, visiting the Scare Floor at Monsters Inc on a field trip, where he has an experience that makes him fall in love with the idea of becoming a scarer. The only problem is – he’s really cute. Nope – not scary at all. And no matter how hard Mike tries, he’s…freaking adorable.
Fast forward a decade or so. (Do monsters count time in decades? Let’s say they do.) He arrives at Monsters University ready to be a scare major, but he faces obstacle after obstacle, despite his determined attitude and OCD study habits.
And then there’s Sulley, who comes from a long line of scarers, and is naturally of the best scare-material, despite his complete lack of studying or care about school. This does not sit well with Mike.
I won’t ruin the ending, but I’m just going to say that I love it. The entire movie shares the lesson that determination and long-term commitment are the keys to achieve goals, and Ali needs this message on repeat in her life. Because she, like her mother, is a bit of a paranoid-perfectionist. If she can’t do it perfectly and with flourish the first time, she’d rather not try – because then people would realize she wasn’t perfect.
(This is the reason I never learned how to dive. It’s a hard thing to practice with no one watching.)
When in reality, few people are perfect the first time they try something – it only took me a couple of decades to realize this. And anyway, it’s the mistakes and failures that make the best stories when you grow up to be a Mommy Blogger.
All that to say, I hope that perhaps the message gets into her head before it got into mine – to not be afraid to commit to a dream and work hard for it, for a very long time, and despite failures, without giving up.
Just like that adorably cute Mike Wazowski did. Because he’s on the Scare Floor now.
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by BlogHer and Disney. They did not pay for my theater visit, and my opinions are always my own. Monsters University is available for pre-order – own It First On Digital HD 10/8 & Blu-ray™ Combo Pack 10/29.
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