Every Leap Day, I think about the pirate movie.
No, no not Pirates of the Caribbean; the 80’s musical The Pirate Movie.
I love musicals and this is one of my favorite. Starring Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins, this movie has something for everyone. Drama, adventure, romance, music, you name it.
What does it have to do with Leap Year? Well, Fredric (Christopher), an unwilling pirate, was offered freedom on his 20th birthday. However, since he was born on Leap Day, the pirates tricked him into believing it only counted as five. (Fredrick isn’t the brightest hero, but he’s cute!)
Mabel (Kristy), the Generals youngest daughter, is brave and daring. She breaks all the rules, and saves the day. What I love best about this movie is it flashes from the 80’s, to back in time, and then back to the 80’s. In Real life, Mabel is plain compared to her glamorous sisters. Only Fredric can see her true beauty.
Ok, so it’s a bit cheesy, and the kids griped when I made them watch it with me. But, yesterday on the way home, I was telling my oldest about this post, and do you know what he said? He said his favorite song from the movie was “ I am the very model of a modern Major General ”. It almost brought tears to my eyes.
If you want a flashback to the 80's watch it!