Year 5, Day 274: Name that Movie!

Miles has a limited awareness of movies at his age. Sometimes he’ll find something on his own (he’s watched the new Blue’s Big City Adventure movie about five times since it dropped on Wednesday, for instance) and sometimes I’ll show him a trailer for an upcoming movie that he becomes completely set on watching (next April’s Super Mario Bros. Movie). More often than not, though, I’ll need to introduce him to movies (as is the case on most of our Family Movie Nights).

This week, he brought up a specific movie he was interested in seeing. He didn’t know the title, so I asked him if he could tell me anything about the movie. Maybe I could figure out what he was talking about (how naive I was).

“I want to watch the Christmas movie,” Miles insisted. “At Andrea’s house,” he explained, referring to our visit for Thanksgiving, “in the bathroom, it was a picture of a person with one leg.”

“Uhh…”

In an effort to further clarify, Miles added, “And it was a Gina.”

“…a Gina?”

“Yes,” he continued. “Like you make a wish.”

“OH,” I said, laughing. “A genie.” Not that figuring this part out helped any. A Christmas movie about a genie? A one-legged genie at that?

“And you saw this movie…in the bathroom?” I asked. I mean, I had been in the bathroom at one point and had no recollection of such a thing.

“Yes!” Miles exclaimed before quickly adding, “But NOT IN THE POTTY. IT WASN’T IN THE POTTY.”

“Miles, nothing makes me think it was definitely in the potty more than you insisting that it wasn’t.” I pressed him for more details, but he couldn’t tell me any more about the hypothetical movie. Thoroughly stumped, I asked, “Are you sure you didn’t just dream this?”

“No!” he declared. “It’s a real movie!”

It took Jaclyn coming downstairs to offer some much-needed context. First of all, it was not, in fact, Andrea’s bathroom where Miles had discovered this movie, but at his friends Duke and Dash’s house last weekend. And he was referring to a specific decorative item that he had spotted that had sent his curiosity flying.

Any guesses as to what movie he was trying to describe? (Answer below)

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It was this:

Once I realized the movie, it all made sense. Here I was imagining a one-legged genie, while Miles was talking about a leg lamp (“lamp” being a word he of course associates with genies).

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