As shocking as it may seem, there are people in this world that have NEVER seen Princess Bride. In fact, I discovered that my own daughter has not added this cinema verite to her own life experience. I mean, if someone were to mention ROUSes, how would she know that it was a reference to rodents of unusual size? Or if someone cries out, "INCONCEIVABLE!" she would not get it! How about if I kill one of the Florida state animals (roach, mosquito, lizard, spider) and upon examining it, proclaim that it is just "mostly dead"? Another personal favorite is "Love, True Love" delivered as only a sinus-impaired priest can do.
There are a whole host of movies I saw as I grew up that have been lost to part of this current teen/young adult generation. I realize that the gory showdowns between Rambo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Predator, and Charles Bronson and whatever street ruffian he was involved with pale in comparison to what today's gamers face, but there are some classic cultural references a person must be acquainted with. I mean, I want my child to know that when I say, "Whatcha lookin' at, punk? You feelin' lucky?" I am not trying to instigate conflict but rather make a cultural reference to Clint Eastwood. I did feel pride when I saw one of my daughter's friends post a picture on facebook of herself in her front yard, boom box held high, John Cusack-style. So perhaps there is hope.
But in the same regard, do I need to familiarize myself with current cultural references? Do I need to know why some teens snicker and laugh when I affirm what a woman has proclaimed, i.e., "That's what she said"? Errggh. Some things I don't want to know! But I do want to make sure I use the right combination of D and L when describing something on the down low....or is it low down? I never get it right.
Even if I can't keep something on the DL or the LD, I am definitely going to show my children Princess Bride. If I can find my VHS player.