Life Lessons from Movies

Chicken Little

In Fantasy, Movies on September 18, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Chicken Little (2005) is an animated fantasy co-written and directed by Mark Dindal about the difficulties undersized Chicken Little (Zach Braff) experiences when it looks like the sky is falling, but his father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), and most of the community do not believe him.

Life Lesson:

“When all other means of communication fail, try words.”

– Anonymous

Movie Scene:

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me!”

Buck Cluck: “What?”

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me. I mean you were when I won the big game, but not when I thought the sky fell, and not at the ball field, and certainly not now! You’ve been ashamed of me ever since the acorn thing happened and we have to talk about it because Modern Mallard says avoiding closure can lead to molting. And I’m already small, and on top of that I don’t think I could handle being bald!”

Buck Cluck: “I.. I.. I didn’t realize, son. I never meant to.. The acorn, the sky, I mean the whole.. You’re right. You’re right. Your mom, she was, you know, she was always good with stuff like this. Me, I’m gonna need a lot of work. But you need to know that I love you, no matter what. And I’m sorry. And I’m sorry if I ever made you feel like that was something you had to earn.”

Phineas and Ferb the Movie

In Fantasy, Movies on September 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Dan Povenmire about a summer’s day adventure involving Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire) and his other-dimensionator, which sends brothers Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), along with their pet Perry the Platypus (Dee Bradley Baker) and sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), into another dimension.

Life Lesson:

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Movie Scene:

Phineas: “Did it ever occur to you that we could help you? That we could have made a great team? But I guess you can’t have teamwork without trust.”


In Drama, Movies on September 10, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Chaplin (1992) is a drama directed by Richard Attenborough about actor, director and composer Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.), the creator of The Little Tramp, an iconic character that gained world-wide acclaim during the silent movie era.

Life Lesson:

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

– Jim Rohn

Movie Scene:

Charlie Chaplin: “It was the knowledge that if you did what I did for a living, if you were a clown, and you had a passion to tell a particular kind of story, something beyond, but you only had the one chance to get it right, and I never did. One never does, ah, but you know that. That’s not the problem. It’s when you feel you’re getting really close, but you can’t make it the rest of the way. You’re not good enough. You’re not complete enough. And despite all your fantasies, you’re second-rate. Human. That’s very hard. At the end of the day, you’re not judged by what you didn’t do, but what you did. I didn’t change things. I just, HE just cheered people up. Not bad, that.”