6 Favorite Multi-Tasking Movies

When I go on scrapbooking writing retreats with my girlfriends, we watch movies. Well, the movies are on for background noise mostly, because we’re working on stuff. (They scrapbook. I write).

A good multitasking movie has to have these qualities:

  • We’ve already seen it at least three times. If we can’t count how many times we’ve seen it, then that’s even better. The idea is to have it on as background noise.
  • The dialogue is quotable. (“Inconceivable!”)
  • It doesn’t make us cry. (Seriously, I love Mr. Holland’s Opus, but it makes me cry every time I watch it.) If there are tears, then the movie has captured attention away from the work. The time is precious, people!
  • We don’t stop working to watch, except for our favorite scenes. (“Puny god.” Or, that scene on the beach with the guy when the DVD got stuck there…BFF Debbie knows the one.)
  • Bonus: We’ve read the book.

These are some of our favorite multitasking movies and why.

27 Dresses

It has to be the “Benny and the Jets” bar scene that makes this movie fun. No, it’s James Marsden. Definitely, so true.

It’s easy to listen to this movie without getting sucked in.

Interestingly enough, I did one silly post about this movie and my crazy choice in bridesmaids’ dresses, and Mermaids Don’t Do Windows gets the most Google search hits on “27 dresses” and other variations several million times a week. What’s up with this movie and Google searches?


The songs. Yeah, singing them with knowledge of the meanings now…yeesh. I’m glad I didn’t know what most of those songs meant when I was a kid.

Besides, the movie…enough said.

Sweet Home Alabama

We’ve seen this adorable movie so many times now that we can quote the fun. The music is good and the guys are very easy to look…at…even when I’m looking at my computer screen…and not paying any attention….to the movie…… *cough*

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Marvel freak since high school here. Also, when my friends and I grow up, we want to be Black Widow.

Also, Thor!

Also, what’s not to love about this movie?

Are you wondering why I have an action movie on my multi-tasking movie list?

We have a few of them, actually. We’ve watched The Avengers many, many times, so it can be an energetic background noise with the occasional explosion to keep us alert and working.

Princess Bride

Twenty-five years later, this movie is still one of my all-time favorites. It’s quotable and funny. It allows us to “storm the castle” of whatever project we’re working on without distracting us.

The edited version of the book is fun to read. It’s abridged to cut out the chapters and chapters of Prince Humperdink’s hunting abilities, and the editor’s notes are hilarious. That link will take you to the Wikipedia description of the book—scroll down to the “Context” heading for the actual truth. 😀

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This is a new one on our list. A few of us have read the book and liked it. We watched it at the first retreat in the summer. I have to admit that it was distracting for me.

Maybe because I hadn’t watched it three times or more yet. *shrug*  I’m still keeping in on the list as a multi-tasker in training.

It’s becoming a replacement for some of our guilty-pleasure Twilight movies. I know, I know. Whatever. I enjoyed the books, respect the author’s own story, and found The Host to be a fascinating science fiction story. (I always go back to SF.)

There are lots more movies that we turn on for background noise, but I’m running out of room here today. Another list may be in order.

I’d love to hear what you do when you’re working on a project. What are your multi-tasking movies? Do you listen to music instead? Spill the beans, share, subscribe!

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