My sisters and I used to watch this on a daily, nay, three-hourly basis, courtesy of taping it from television onto a VHS, and in later years, providing almost as much pleasure from the eighties commercials. One favorite:

But, without further ado, The Top Ten Reasons The Sound of Music is Flipping Awesome:

1. Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp.

2. Life-long, unabating dress envy.

Hmm. On second thought the Sound of Music can probably be blamed for anything fucked up about my relationships with teenage boys.

3. The kids crying after Maria sits on the pinecone. Still hilarious. "Fraulein, is it to be at every meal, or merely at dinnertime, that you intend on leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of... indigestion?"

4. My introduction to the wonders of sexual tension.

5. Having enough siblings to be able to march around like a real boarding school was my childhood dream. Also being incorrigible.

6. Old-school independent woman meets classic romance.

7."Oh, no, sir. I'm sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children and definitely not for me. It would be too... humiliating."

8. Fast-forwarding through "Climb Every Mountain."

9. The nuns stealing the transmission from the nazi's car.

10."Somewhere out there is a lady who I think will never be a nun!"

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