It’s December 1, and so begins my own attempts at fighting off my inner Grinch. Today’s movie is “Family Man” starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni.
This “It’s A Wonderful Life” in reverse is completely cliche from beginning to end, and often causes me to think about my own “what ifs.” What if I had been a little more aloof with Brian? What if I had been a little less confident with Ryan? What if I had been a little more dependent on the last boy? And most important, what if I hadn’t left the boy who occasionally used me as a punching bag and daily told me I was worthless?
Nicolas Cage gets to live out his “what if” and–spoiler alert (and shocker…not)–decides a middle-class life as a father is far superior to the upper-class life as a Wall Street titan. And of course, the epiphany begins on Christmas Eve.
And because I have to balance the syrupy movie sweetness of the next 25 days…when I released my movie plan, a friend from grad school asked me about sad Christmas songs. I put together a list of 30 without even thinking very hard. So every day for the next 25 days, I’ll also be posting a sad Christmas song. It’s supposed to be such a happy holiday (though completely commercialized and historically inaccurate) yet there are so many songs of angst and sorrow about it.
Today, we’ll start easy…
A song about a death in the family. Enjoy.