- Both characters make conscious
decisions for both good and evil. For Gipson, the decision of "doing the
right thing" is more than just not taking a drink.
- Erin Brockovich (2000)
- "Erin Brockovich" is essentially a film about
empowerment. A mother of three children is unemployed and has no source
of income. She decides that she has to find a job at all costs. In her
work at a small law firm, she discovers that she has very little respect
from the other employees. She comes to believe that the women of the
firm are jealous of her physical attributes when she is asked to change
to more appropriate work clothing. She dreams of one day having a job
where she is respected for what she brings to her position. She dreams
of being viewed as a person of integrity. As the story unfolds, Erin
develops a friendship with her boss that only strengthens with time
because of her hard work and determination to do a good job. He strongly
affirms Erin with several votes of confidence. As Erin works on her
case, she receives acceptance from her co-workers gradually and also
from those whom she wants to sign the petition. She also is required to
show some great courage when she receives some threats to her family.
Her case in a small California town that is plagued by bad water
requires endurance from her and from her children and
boyfriend/neighbor. The film depicts a journey of self-discovery for
Erin. She finds that there are many obstacles that she must overcome,
including dealing with the tension of not being with her children as
much as she would like when she is working on her project for the town.
The tension between working and not working is a strong one for Erin,
who does not have the benefits of child support for her three children.
As she gains the trust of the town, a sense of community between these
people develops. They begin to understand that all of their medical
problems are interconnected and that by joining together as one
community they have a greater chance of achieving their goals. At the
end of the film, Erin shows great joy at her accomplishments as a
person in the working world (not to give away the ending). (submitted by
Valerie Lyson Humphreys, Independence MO)
- The Family Man
- Recently at our church we used a scene from 'The Family
Man' with Nicholas Cage and Tea Leoni for a
message about how to Manage Your Money. We used
the clip when Nicholas Cage's character shows his wife an apartment in New
York and tells her he got a new job and they will be richer than all
their neighbors now. She is worried about the kids
and he says, we can send them to private school
now, we will have everything we ever wanted. The whole
movie is good about finding out what is important in life.
(Jenny Lust, New Vision Community Church, Marion, Ohio)
- American Beauty (1999)
- "I am using the illustration
of American Beauty this week as I preach from Joshua 24 ("choose
then whom you will serve...) A stunning picture of folks who have chosen
to trust in work, success, family, parenting, marriage as ultimate
truths, and not a single one of these concerns worked." (submitted
by Pr. Lynn Silva-Breen)
- The Matrix
- Neo must choose between the red pill and the blue pill - the
ability to see the world as it really is, and the illusion of the world
as he knows it.
- The Storm of the Century
- Andre Linoge (Legion) demands a decision from the
people on the Island. Which decision is the right one?
- The Truman Show
- Truman's decision to leave his "perfect" but
controlled world for the real world.
- The Game (1997)
- At the climax of The Game, Nicholas decides not to kill
himself, but rather to give himself for others, and he is a new person.
- The Nutty
- We used a clip from 'The Nutty Professor' with Eddie
Murphy, when Professor Klump decides to get into
shape for a message about How to Make Decisons.
The scene starts when he says, 'Yes, I can' and goes into the
song, 'I'm so excited' They show him going to the gym and gradually
making process. The clip ends when the song is
over. (Jenny Lust, New Vision Community Church,
- The Shawshank Redemption
- Red's conscious decision "for life" at the place
where Brooks had killed himself.
- When Red gets out of jail and he is on parole he walks
by the store and he sees a gun and a compass. two ways one way is death
(the gun) another way, the right direction (the compass) Red said the
only thing that kept me from going the way Brooks went was Andy's
promise that he kept. (Patrick W. Memphis TN)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
- Toward the end of the movie, Jones meets the ancient
Knight Templar who guards the "Holy Grail", but there are many choices,
gold cups, platinum, silver, terra cotta and wood. The knight says "you
must choose, but choose wisely, for as the real grail brings eternal life,
the false grail brings death". The bad guy comes in and chooses a
glittering golden cup. "Truly the cup of a king", he says and drinks from
it. Shortly later, with several horrific transformations, he deteriorates
and turns to dust. The knight looks at them and
simply says "He choose poorly". Jones selects a
wooden cup "The cup of a Gallilean carpenter" he says, and with much fear,
having seen the results before, drinks from it. "You choose wisely" says
the knight. We've used this video with a
disclaimer about the grail superstition as a bringer of eternal life, but
in combination with the passage in Joel suggesting "choose justice, love
mercy . . . ". It's been most effective with youth groups who are familiar
with the movie. (Steve Braxton, Interim Dir.
Cong. Life, First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC)
- Sophie's tragic choice between her children. Her decisions
concerning life and death.
- The Poseidon Adventure
- The younger priest is taking them through the Engine
Room after climbing up through the Christmas Tree. Some decide not to
- Mrs Rosen: There's something different up there than
there is down here? Priest: Yes. There's life. And life always matters
very much. Mrs Rosen: All right. So I'll climb.
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