Life Lessons from Movies

The Family Man

In Drama, Movies on January 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The Family Man (2000) is a drama directed by Brett Ratner about Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage), a very successful and wealthy investment broker who gets a glimpse into the life he might have had had he made the decision to stay with his girlfriend, Kate Reynolds (Téa Leoni), thirteen years before, instead of remaining a bachelor.

Life Lesson:

The choices you make have a lasting effect on the rest of your life.

Movie Scene:

Kate: “I think about it too. I do. I wonder about what kind of life I would have had if I hadn’t married you.”

Jack: “And?”

Kate: “And then I realize I’ve just erased all the things in my life that I’m sure about: you and the kids.”

Jack: “Good things.”

Kate: “Yeah. What are you sure about?”

Jack: “I’m sure that right now, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than here with you.”

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  1. Another quote from the movie that reflects the importance of the choices you make on the outcome of your life:

    Arnie (Jack’s friend): “Look, you know, you fit the profile exactly — in your 30s, house, kids, financial responsibilities. You start thinking, this isn’t the life I dreamt about.’ Where’s the romance, you know. Where’s the joie de vivre? […] All right, sometimes it feels like you gave up the whole world. I know that. But look what you got. Look at that: four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a partially finished basement. And good kids. Look, you know what? You probably don’t want to hear this right now, but remember last summer when I almost had that thing with Arnie, Jr.’s speech therapist? You remember what you said to me? You said, ‘don’t screw up the best thing in your life just because you’re a little unsure about who you are.’ Okay?”

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