When I was a kid, my brother and I had to endure these day long car trips where our parents drove from Southern California to Northern California to a house by the ocean. Seriously, these excursions on the road were at least ten hours long, and we're talking just one way. This was back in the 80's when my parents had that huge tank of a Chevy Suburban, and the only entertainment we could really get was from the cassette player. Everyone had their own tapes that they so desperately wanted to play, and getting yours to the top of the playlist was never easy. Trust me, my family has no business singing "a hundred of bottles of beer on the wall" (my brother and I weren't 21 yet anyway).
Once my parents got through listening to those traffic reports that never came on soon enough, it was cassette heaven all the way. My parents were great at introducing us to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones among other bands. For my dad, it was all about the latest jazz record he bought. For my mom, she was fine with ABBA and she could never stop listening to Tina Turner's "Private Dancer." My older brother was eager to listen to Queen's "Play the Game" or that album by A-ha ("Take On Me" anyone?). But for me, I just to listen to Men Without Hats' "Rhythm Of Youth" which had their most famous hit, "The Safety Dance," on it. We may not have been able to do the “Safety Dance” in the car, but we sure as hell could listen to it! Anyway, it was either that or "Mr. Roboto" by Styx.
Still, looking back, it's a wonder how we ever put up with those long car drives which took us farther from civilization than any teenager could endure. There were only so many times that I could play with my Kermit The Frog hand puppet and have him lip sync to Juice Newton's "Queen of Hearts." I envy today's generation as they now have the benefit of watching a movie in the car while their parents leave them with just about enough leg room in the back so they don't complain too much. I tell ya, my brother and I could have used one of those in the car back then. It would have caused a lot of physical battles between us as he probably would’ve wanted to watch “Das Boot” while I would have wanted to watch “The Great Muppet Caper” for the 7,000th time, but it sure would have kept us entertained.
Now if you are about to embark on a day or days long car ride with your families or friends and have one of these players in your car, you need to be prepared with the right DVD's and Blu-rays to watch. Mind you, were not just talking about the best movies necessarily. We are talking about the best DVD's and Blu-ray’s. Some of them have more special features than others, but they have just about enough to keep your guests entertained (most of them anyway) as you struggle to get to the halfway point on your trip. After that, things seem more possible than when you started off.
With this list, I have selected movies that work for different kinds of people who are trying to be comfortable while those in front of them have all the leg room. Not all of these movies are for kids, but we do have some good ones for them to check out (assuming they are of a certain age). So for those who just can't wait to get on the road again, these ones should keep your reluctant captives in the rear seat enjoying themselves in a whole other way.