By A.B. Chesler, author and blogger
Each new year brings an onslaught of empty promises: a new diet, more exercise, less complaining, blah blah blah. The amount of abandoned resolutions is painful. So, why make them? Instead, I suggest a simple change: reflections, not resolutions. The end of a year is just the beginning of a new trip around the sun, so why not take a moment to reflect on what you’ve learned in the time you’ve been given? With reflection and learning in mind, here’s a list of a few our favorite lessons we’ve drawn from film.
Adulthood is funny, and often unfulfilling, but Earth Girls Are Easy is a clear reminder that happiness doesn’t fall into our laps. Well, sure, Jeff Goldblum’s ship lands in Geena Davis’s pool out of nowhere, but when she finds out her fiancée has been cheating on her, she hops a ride and ditches Earth. Talk about knowing what you want and going for it.
The Big Sick is a romantic comedy that's also the partially true story of how actor Kumail Nanjiani met his wife. He deals with lots of pressure from his family to end his untraditional relationship, and his nonconformity and kindness leads Emily (Zoe Kazan) to fall for him. So, you do you, Boo.
Get Out was one of 2017’s most popular films, but it was also a wild, eye-opening ride for all who watched it. It’s clear that the cast’s underlying ignorance gave them a falsified sense of contentment, but there is nothing secure about sweeping things under the rug.
P.S. I Love You is a heart-wrenching film of love and loss and will leave you aching for cuddles and a trip to Ireland. But, it will also remind you of what adds the most richness to life: an open heart.
A fantastic film for a million and one reasons, the story alone of The Shawshank Redemption allows us to see that sometimes all you need is a spark of hope and a glint of friendship. I mean, if Andy Dufresne can make it through nineteen years of imprisonment, I can surely survive the holiday season.
Although our families may be crazy, This is Where I Leave You reminds us why we put up with all the chaos. Family may be the source of many of our meltdowns, but without them we’d be nowhere. Literally.
There is no better and a no more timeless film than The Sandlot. The fresh, dusty young faces of the Lot remind us of our childhood dreams, many of which we’ve given up on. But, their end-of-film fates also showed us that with a ton of practice and even more tenacity, anything is possible.
The Bucket List will always be one of those films that inspire all of us to reflect, but also to avoid wasting time waiting around for something to happen. It’s a touching reminder that life is fleeting and most rewarding when you embrace each day’s potential.
Going in Style is a charming comedy starring some of Hollywood’s favorite old-timers, down on their luck and hard on themselves for their lack of virility. But, after some help from an unlikely source, the characters turn their fate around, reminding us it’s never too late for a change.
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/abchesler), Twitter (@abcauthor), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!