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If you were born in the 80's or beyond, chances are you loved you some Annie. Personally, I had that film completely memorized by age four. I was head over heels in love with this story and totally enamored with orphan life in Depression-era New York City. Here are ten reasons why this sweet little movie is so hard for our little girl selves to resist:
- The hair. That big mop of red curls will do it to ya every time. If you were a kid with crazy curls, this film probably made you feel not only normal, but cool. That knotty mess you were born with finally found a place in the world. If you were a red-headed kid, you just found your new heroine. And if you were anything else, this movie set you up for a life-long complex praying for strawberry curls to replace the straight brown boringness the good Lord sought fit to give you.
- Because it made you want to clean the house over and over again. Tossing dinner plates down a line of your friends, synchronized soapy water and bucket dancing, shaking out dirty rugs over the balcony and getting into a pillow fight that could kill you at any moment if you were allergic to feathers. It was all fabulous and a seemingly efficient way to get shit done.
- Miss Hannigan. When you were little, you wanted nothing more than to stomp on her foot and spill her bathtub gin on it. But then you got a little older and you kind of started to see her point, feel her pain and maybe wanted to be her a little bit (again, the curly hair makes another triumphant appearance this time in adult form). It’s not easy to find a man willing to take on so many little girl children, not to mention a woman with a pretty decent job in the 1930s (perhaps Miss Hannigan was quite ahead of her time). She was also horny as hell and refreshingly unashamed of it (talk about women’s lib). We salute you, Miss Hannigan. Carry on.
- We all secretly wanted to be badass orphans a little bit. Let’s face it, you probably had a pretty good childhood with people who loved you and provided you with more than hot or cold mush twice a day. You probably had some toys and maybe two red sweaters in your wardrobe instead of one. But, the idea that you could sneak out in a laundry basket, walk around NYC all by yourself, find a surprisingly obedient dog, win the heart of a bald billionaire and break into spontaneous, perfectly choreographed song and dance about your hard knock life was the kind of street cred your average childhood life longed to have.
- Everybody could sing. If you fantasized about being a character in the film, it was probably Annie (until maybe you became an adult, in which case refer to #3). Nobody wanted to be Duffy, Tessie or somebody. How great would it be to sing your life away in perfect harmony with all your musical friends who yield to you at every turn and let you take the solo parts? And Annie sang the best (well, except for maybe that “Rover, why not think it over” girl).
- Girl power. At just about every juncture in this film, Annie proves time and again why girls rule and boys drool. First, she beats up a bunch of guys way bigger than she is all in the name of fighting animal cruelty, then she convinces dear old Warbucks to let her stay just one night thereby opening the door to his heart and hey his wallet too, and finally she takes down the evil Rooster (with a little help from Punjab) and turns Miss Hannigan from zero to hero. Not bad for a week’s work.
- Rooster was creepy and we’re glad he went down. Bravo to Tim Curry. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role (or any of these roles for that matter) but that cock-a-doodle-doo and the crazy look in his eyes when he nearly throws Annie off of that railroad bridge was terrifying. Thank God for Punjab.
- That locket. The necklace that spawned a million copycats. I had one. My best friend had the other half. I’m sure yours did too. Marketing gold.
- The American Dream at its finest. Annie is set within the Great Depression and the movie is dripping with the American Dream theme from beginning to end. And who doesn't love a good American Dream story?? She literally goes from rags to riches in under two hours and Daddy Warbucks is the kind of bald gentleman whose modern day license plate would no doubt read: Slf M8de.
- Optimism so good it hurts. The take home message of the movie is not to give up and to hang on ‘til tomorrow. I still can’t bring myself to skip this song when it comes on my iPod. These are wise, wise words best learned early to carry you through the many stages of life.