5 money lessons from Hollywood blockbusters
We all love to watch movies, don’t we? No matter what genre or language we prefer, it’s always a fun distraction. But have you wondered what these 2-3 hours we spend on movies tell us? Behind almost every movie we watch, there is a lesson to be learned. It is about being able to understand and carry out these learnings in life.
So read on to get our hands on the money lessons we can learn from some of Hollywood’s blockbusters. Get ready for some money wisdom to come!
1. The financial pit
The main characters in this 1986 box office blockbuster have become the victims of crooks who tricked them into buying a house that begins to crumble the second they move in. And the massive and growing amount of money it took to fix it, gave birth to the residence being dubbed a money pit. So the lesson we learned from this is never to fall for shady stories of desperate house sellers, and do your own research and estimates before signing the dotted line.
2. It could happen to you
This comedy-drama from 1994 involved a cop and a waitress who end up falling in love after winning a lottery jackpot together. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. The cop’s wife, tired of her donations and charity, seizes all of the jackpot money, even from the waitress, after a legal battle. But fate is playing its part. The cop’s ex-wife’s new husband, after their divorce, turns out to be a con artist and ends up running away with all of the cop’s ex-wife’s jackpot money. So what all this tells us is that money doesn’t make us. It only amplifies what we already are. The same money that amplified the good mood of the waitress and the cop, brought out the ugliness and greed hidden inside the cop’s ex-wife.
This brilliant feature film highlights a plethora of gems over money, one of which is to never marry someone for money. The film features a gambling expert who proposes marriage to a beautiful Las Vegas con artist, who honestly admits that she is not the type to get married. But instead of accepting the truth that she just doesn’t like him, the player urges her to “learn to love” and promises to take care of her financially. She accepts, marries him and they also have a daughter. But the marriage soon turns into an uproar, with more than one reason to blame. So this marriage for money fiasco taught us the importance of having love in a relationship, and something as beautiful as a marriage, should not be turned into money transactions.
4. The Passion of Christ
In this film, Judas Iscariot received 30 pieces of silver in exchange for telling the enemies where Jesus was. Mad about greed for money, Judas didn’t realize that blood money is the worst kind of money anyone can have. Simply the worst. Even realizing this and trying to return it, the church leaders didn’t take it from Judas, because ironically they thought they couldn’t have the blood money in their coffers. What we all learn from this movie is that life is priceless, and certainly much more worthy than money.
5. Silver ball
Remember how Brad Pitt used limited resources and a computer algorithm to build a successful baseball team in that 2011 hit movie? All of the courage and determination he showed in the film reminds us that earning an income can be about changing the way we think. Brad Pitt showed us how think differently about baseball stats, or any other aspect of our lives, can really bring wealth, even if the odds are stacked against you.