By which this Slate writer means, “That movie you stop and watch every time it’s on”:
Who wouldn’t want to spend a few minutes transported to the tasteful-yet-cozy upscale white interiors of the pad in Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give while doing some mundane task like folding laundry?
Back to Goodfellas for a second. There are a few films that get a lot of television airplay—Shawshank Redemption is another example—that explore disturbing subjects, demand to be watched in full, and often have complicated plot structures. Though they’re nothing like a piece of fluff like The Sweetest Thing, they inspire a similar comforting feeling in the viewer. In such films, the characters are so strong, the story so gripping, and the pace of the movie so engaging that they’re a treat to find when you’re flipping through the channels—even if they defy all the rules set out above.
She has a poll up and yes, The Breakfast Club (one of mine) is on it.
My others (I’ve written about this before) are ConAir, Face/Off, Any Nicholas Cage Movie, Anchorman (uncensored only — too many beeps) both Charlie’s Angels and Independence Day.