It’s Thanksgiving and you know what that means? The kick off to a 4 day weekend, a massive turkey meal, football, and shopping for Christmas!
But wait. Seriously. Thanksgiving day is about expressing gratitude, remember? I am humbled when I reflect upon all the gifts in my life…my family, my friends, and my health. I have so much, I should give to those less fortunate. I should set my differences aside and reconcile with those individuals that I have struggled with in the past. Today is a day of healing. Today, people all over the U.S. unite for one common purpose… to come together in celebration of…
WAL-MART IS OPENING AT 3:00 AM AND THE CORNBALLER IS ONLY $19.95!?!?!
I WANT THAT! I NEED THAT CORNBALLER IN MY LIFE! I don’t care what it takes. I will sleep outside Wal-Mart all day Thanksgiving day just to be first in line when the store opens and I will not let ANYONE get in my way. I don’t care if you’re pushing a baby stroller! I will jump on top of your baby and shoot off like a spring, leaping into the air and into the display off Cornballers just so I can get my grubby meathooks onto one. * breathing very heavily *
What was I talking about?
Anyhoo. On that note, I put together some Thanksgiving movies for you to enjoy this fine festive weekend. No, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving didn’t make the list. Neither did Home for the Holidays or The New World. I set up this movie list to play with your emotions just like Thanksgiving does to us today. So sit back, crack open a cool one, and hit up these double features.
IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (1994)
Synopsis: A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)
Synopsis: A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Okay, seriously– if you won the lottery, would you really split it with your server? Nicholas Cage’s character did. What’s amazing about this feel good film is that the basic premise was inspired by a real-life incident. And surprisingly, the other person didn’t cash in the winnings and move to Mexico. They really split this in real life? This movie tries to show you that not everyone in this world is greedy and some people stand by their word. Plus, they fall in love… it’s just a feel-good romantic comedy for the whole family. And then you have There Will Be Blood. This movie is not family friendly. The film follows a miner, Daniel Plainview, who strikes oil and then becomes so driven to achieve his goals that he is willing to do whatever it takes — including pushing everyone away to end up ultimately alone. Heck, one of the taglines for this film reads: There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance. The conflicting themes in this combo make it perfect for Thanksgiving weekend.
PAY IT FORWARD (2000)
Synopsis: A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013)
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
I personally take part in random acts of kindness and I do it to make the world a better place. In Pay It Forward, that’s just the idea Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) has except he does three favors for people and tells them to do a favor for someone else. Doing something for someone else when they don’t expect it makes you feel good but it also puts the good juju into the universe. The world doesn’t have to be a bad place. Humans do care about their fellow neighbors. This is another feel-good movie for the whole family just be prepared and have tissues for the ending. Plus having Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in it doesn’t hurt either. And then you have The Wolf of Wall Street. I remember thinking of one word when I saw this film: excess. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, imagine this: you’re on a yacht surrounded by beautiful people (some completely naked), you’re doing incredible amounts of drugs, people are shaking champagne bottles and exploding champagne into the air, one hundred dollar bills are lying all around you and you make a pillow out of them for your head so you can take a nap and dream about all the blue-collar workers you shamelessly convinced to hand over their life savings for sh*t stock. Yeah. That’s this movie. Corruption and greed is a pill you swallow on Thanksgiving weekend so enjoy it.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006)
Synopsis: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992)
Synopsis: An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
If you’re looking for a movie to inspire you and give you encouragement to take charge of your future, then look no further with The Pursuit of Happyness. Will Smith will have you thinking you can do anything if you want it bad enough. If you lost your wife, your house, and your money would you take an internship UNPAID for 6 months? Oh wait, and you have a kid to take care of too in this story. Will Smith’s acting in this film is really believable and you will cry several times as his character takes on this life-changing endeavor. This movie reminds you that despite any obstacles, greatness can be achieved. Oh, it’s based on a true story too! It’s such a motivational lift that you kinda don’t want to spoil it with Glengarry Glen Ross, whose tagline reads: Lie. Cheat. Steal. All In A Day’s Work. In this film you have a group of salesmen living in tough times as well; however, they aren’t driven by passion as much as they’re being driven by fear. Being dead last in a sales contest results in a pink slip and these salesmen don’t want to lose their jobs so they resort to slimy sales tactics and eventually crime. This movie oozes with machoness, ego, and arrogance. The two movies paired together will make you love salesmen and then hate salesmen so enjoy that rollercoaster of emotions I set up for you.
THE BLIND SIDE (2009)
Synopsis: The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
WALL STREET (1987)
Synopsis: A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
Another movie based on a true story, The Blind Side, is a remarkable story about generosity, love, and opportunity. The mom, Leigh Anne, realizes that her son’s friend, “Big Mike”, is homeless so she offers her home for him one cold winter night. The next morning she convinces him to stay for dinner and then eventually he has his own room in the house. Michael has no idea who his father is and his mom is a drug addict. He has had very little formal education but this family takes him in and gives him something incredible: love. They treat him as part of the family and they give him something his life had not afforded him: an opportunity to succeed. Yes, this movie makes you realize that opportunities to succeed in life are circumstantial and not everyone is treated fairly. If everyone who could afford to share their wealth (and love and trust in an individual) the way Leigh Anne and her family did in this movie, the world would be a better place. Now pair that with Bud Fox who is a Wall Street stockbroker with only one mission: to get to the top. This movie is the exact opposite in terms of the main characters philosophy on life. Bud works with a broker, Gordon Gekko, who is ruthless and greedy and together they focus on the superficial things like money, women, and climbing the social ladder. Bud comes from a blue collar family and you’d think his core values would stop him from doing shady deals for a quick buck, but greed and ego can take over and replace the things that used to be important in your life. So, as Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close you should pause and reflect on what is important in your life.