The Moral of the Story – An Amusing Interpretation

So often in today’s modern society, readers are seeking out entertainments with the highest moral aims in mind. One thinks of classic films like Citizen Kane or Home Alone along with serious books such as Of Mice and Men, or The Little Engine That Could.

And so, dear reader, I am here to offer up some titles you could put on your must-view or must-read lists, with a handy plot summary to use as your guide.

The Boys From Brazil, film – A man decides to conduct a scientific experiment and start his own soccer team with boys from Brazil, where they play some pretty mean soccer

The Godfather, film – a heartwarming family film about a pater familia who ensures the success of his sons for future generations

The Road, novel – a father and son go on a road trip together. The father teaches the son how to be a good camper.

Empire Falls, novel – how to book on running a diner in a small town

His Girl Friday, film – a murderer is on the loose but Cary Grant is more interested in stealing someone else’s fiance

Marathon Man, film – Dustin Hoffman as the jogger who gets his teeth cleaned by an older German gentleman

Middlesex, novel – living in Detroit isn’t all its cracked up to be, especially if you are Greek and have a big secret

Groundhog Day – film, freakish popular resurgence of Sonny and Cher permeates this film, although Bill Murray is spectacular as the charming, weatherman who plays the piano

The Royal Tennenbaums – film, Gene Hackman plays a man who tries to convince his family he has cancer by substituting tic tacs for real pain medication. They fall for it, then they don’t.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – film (the original) – a tale about why it could actually be good to drop acid and write children’s books


4 Responses

  1. Never has there been a better summary of Charlie & the Chocolate factory…

  2. So that’s the answer – dropping acid! Why I didn’t think of this sooner…

    • I’m not trying to spread rumors about Roald Dahl or anything, but when you watch Gene Wilder opening the doors to the factory for the first time – as an adult – don’t you think, hmmm, there could have been drugs involved in the making of this scene? 🙂

      Also, as I’m sure you know, Rod Stirling was *famous* for writing the Twilight Zone episodes while totally blitzed (the word on the street was he did acid, but who knows.)

      Then, of course, there was Hunter S. Thompson, but that’s probably such an extreme example….

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