Movie Week

 

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I have quite the husband. He joined me in watching all three of my favorite movies last month. All three! Even though we own them—and have watched them multiple times—we laughed and loved every minute. Then I got to thinking, why those three?

Well, first of all, here’s my list of winners:

The Family Man (PG-13 2000) earned a separate blog post at this site in 2013 because of my favorite quote, “I choose us.” This Christmas tale follows Jack (played by Nicholas Cage), a Wall Street Executive who gets a chance to glimpse the life that might have been. Bonus: The kids in that movie are almost as cute as my grandchildren.

A Good Year (PG-13 2006) This cinematic beauty introduces us to Max—both as a youngster and as a wildly successful London stock broker. The adult Max (Russell Crowe), having inherited a vineyard in Provence, is forced to remember his past and re-evaluate his present life. The movie isn’t as heavy as the description makes it sound. There’s plenty of humor woven into the message.

The Kid (PG 2000) This one appeals to the sci-fi/fantasy buff in me. Bruce Willis plays a self-absorbed jerk who doesn’t even realize what he’s missing until a mysterious kid shows up and…Well, I can’t really tell you what happens next. You’ll have to see for yourself. Watching Lily Tomlin as his secretary adds to the fun, though. If you haven’t seen it, don’t let anyone talk to you about it. They might spoil the terrific ending.

Why are these three movies my favorites? Perhaps because of their common story threads:

  • Family trumps wealth.
  • Love softens the hardest heart.
  • Relationships are where the real joy begins.
  • Kindness counts and often pays off rather well.

These are “secular” movies, and I’ve listed a few warnings about their ratings below. Still, they reiterate lessons many of us learned in Sunday school:

  • Love one another.
  • Be faithful in marriage.
  • Value family and friends.
  • Practice kindness.
  • Enjoy children.
  • Be careful not to love money.

So, if you’re looking for something to do next time the movie bug bites, consider my favorites. And let me know yours. I’ve got plenty of popcorn waiting, and I’m always looking for a good recommendation! Have a great week.

Photo by kalhh via pixabay.com

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4 thoughts on “Movie Week

  1. One that gets me every time for its message of family is The War with Kevin Costner. I’ve owned it for many years and last year played it for Levi. He cried too! That surprised me. But set in the deep south, a husband and father comes home from Vietnam with one goal…to move forward for the sake of his family. But a stint in a mental hospital holds him back from providing. The struggle and belief the dad has in goodness pervades everything he does. There is a scene where his wife re-inforces her believe in him in the face of disappointment and sacrifice is a testimony to her children, even though the daughter cannot comprehend it. And oh, that Everdeen, she is a real kick in the pants! You’ll definitely enjoy this movie. But if you cry, it’s not my fault! 😉

  2. We love movie night : ) Totally agree with your 1st & 3rd so have A Good Year on hold at the library! Try these recent ones we’ve found: The Age of Adaline (2015) & Temple Grandin (2010)
    Let me know what you think.

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