Chill: Your 'Must Watch' Fall Movie Guide
Written by: Jen Johnson
The temperature’s dropping, the couch blankies are coming out, and the sun goes down earlier and earlier. That makes for some great movie watching conditions. Before we hit the holiday classics, we have to use this time for some Fall standards.
One of the first things I think of when it comes to Fall is football. Those chilly Friday night high school games, and crisp, sunny Saturday afternoon college battles…so fun! But when you combine that action with the true story of a kid overcoming significant obstacles to fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame, you end up with tears of pride for a person you never knew, and it’ll make you hug your kids while reminding them, “you can accomplish ANYTHING you want!”
Autumn in New York
Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, and the title AUTUMN IN NEW YORK…need I say more?
This movie is hilarious any time of year, but watch it close to Halloween for full spooky effect. This is on a million “Funniest Movies of all Time” lists, and won Academy Awards and Golden Globes, so if you haven’t seen it, you really should. Re-animating the dead is extra funny when comedians like Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman are involved. And you’ll finally understand why people pronounce it “Fronkensteen”.
When Harry Met Sally
This is a tough call. This movie has one of the most iconic New Year’s Eve scenes of all time, BUT it also features some gorgeous walks through Central Park while both the trees and ground are covered with the bright orange and red leaves of autumn, and Meg Ryan is wearing the cutest Fall clothes! Go ahead and watch it now, but hang on to it for a replay on NYE.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
While this isn’t a movie, nothing screams hot coffee and beautiful harvest scenery like the Fall episode of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Be careful, Fall is the CONCLUSION of this Year in the Life Netflix series, so make sure you’re caught up on the other three, but then settle in for the finale that will leave you with four incredibly important words.
Now grab your warm spiced apple cider and enjoy fall…inside.
Jen Johnson co-hosts The Show with Jen and Truta on KC102.1 in Kansas City weekday mornings from 6-10 am. She lives in Overland Park with her husband and two daughters (ages 9 and 7). Random facts about Jen: she was an extra in the movie Derailed (with Jennifer Aniston), she lived in Alaska for a summer, she was a traffic reporter for NBC in Chicago, and she tore her ACL playing basketball in college. She’s passionate about fund-raising and participating in Walk MS (multiple sclerosis), Cure SMA’s (spinal muscular atrophy) Walk-n-Roll, and raising money for Variety KC. Twitter/Instagram @jenkc1021