MOVIETOWN — Looking for a movie with a good message for and about families that the whole family will enjoy? Here are four that you should check out.
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In Disney Pixar's "Monsters University," Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) is a bookish, unimposing monster who has a deep desire to be the best scarer of his class despite his complete lack of ability in that regard. On the other hand, his classmate and rival, James "Sully" Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman), has the build and natural ability to be the best scarer in the world but seems intent on coasting through his classes and work.
By the end of the film, the two become friends and join forces to be the record-setting duo they are in "Monsters, Inc." The themes of "Monsters University" can be applied to families. Parents can use the film to teach their children that every person (or monster) has their own unique talents and gifts that are necessary to help families achieve the greatest amount of accomplishment and cohesion and that no one's role in the family is more or less important.
In "It's a Wonderful Life," George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) is considering suicide by jumping off a bridge due to heavy debts he is facing and an overall feeling of failure. Before he attempts to take his life, however, he is met by an angel who shows George how tragically different the world would be had his desire that he had never been born been fulfilled. Seeing all the good that he had accomplished and could yet accomplish, George discovers that it is in fact "a wonderful life."
In some regards, it is almost unfortunate that "It's a Wonderful Life" has become so synonymous with Christmas. While the film is set during Christmastime, its messages about how much good even seemingly small acts can do and finding contentment and purpose are universal and relevant year-round.
"Remember the Titans" takes place in Virginia in 1971 where new integration laws force T.C. Williams High School to enroll black students. In part to comply with new standards, the school appoints a black man, Herman Boone (played by Denzel Washington), to be the head football coach.
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