I didn’t see It’s a Wonderful Life until I was over 30 years old. Since then, I try and watch it at least once a year, as it’s become a really powerful movie for me. The man, who much like me, puts duty and his family above himself and ends up persevering through a difficult time.
When George is a grumpy asshole to his family after his dumb fucking uncle loses the $8,000? That’s me sometimes after a hard day of work. Remember when George first met Mary, after trying to get with that other gal, and was a grumpy bitch (he’s lucky Mary was able to overlook that)? I’ve been there. Not feeling appreciated for being the glue that holds your family and company and social group together? We’ve all been there. Suck it up. Life is still pretty good and so are you. Great lessons in the movie, slow to get there, but one of my favorites. I also like the movie Family Man (despite Nick Cage) in a similar vein:
I also wonder once they find out George was fucked over, why they didn’t go after Potter (if this doesn’t imbed properly, Google “SNL It’s a Wonderful Life Lost Ending”: