Great Scenes


Great movies teach you great lessons about how to live life. Examples are provided below:


Movie: Frances


Movie is based on the real life of Frances Farmer (as played by Jessica Lange), a very talented movie star who is carted off to a mental hospital. The scene is one in which she is confronting the head Psychiatrist at the hospital. Frances' rebellious nature, controlling mother, and the pressures and betrayals of Hollywood have brought her to a nervous breakdown and her mother has committed her to the hospital.


The Psychiatrist, Dr. Symington is telling Frances that he is going to help her and she is making it clear that she does not want his help. She is being very forceful.


Frances: Besides, I don't want to be what you want to make me.


Symington: And what's that?


Frances: Dull. Average. Normal.


Symington: All right. Will you please take your seat now?..Stay calm, please.


Frances: No, you stay calm, Doctor. But you're finding that difficult, aren't you? I'm not doing what's expected of me. I'm not sitting here in awe while you carefully dissect my personality. Now you listen to me. All I want is a little rest. A little peace and quiet. And I don't have to talk to you or anybody else about my goddamn "anxieties." You got that?


How often in your life have you failed to confront authority when you should have?


Don't tell me you have never failed to confront authority. We all fail at times. Remember now, I am talking about those times when you "should" have confronted authority. Sometimes it is wise to keep your mouth shut. When a police officer pulls you over and gives you a ticket and you know he is wrong, you might politely present your alternative position; however, you are best off not confronting that authority figure. However, a lot of times we need to confront teachers, parents, employers and other authority figures when they are trying to impose their will upon you in a way that will harm you emotionally, physically, materially or spiritually. The real question is:


Why did you fail to confront authority?


What are your fears that hold you back? Why are you not more assertive? What can you do to overcome those fears and become more assertive?





Movie: Good Will Hunting


Matt Damon plays Will and Robin Williams plays his therapist Sean in this movie written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. In this scene, Will is in Sean's office.


Will: Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. So I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, 'cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never met, never had no problem with get killed. (rapid fire) Now the politicians are sayin', "Send in the Marines to secure the area" 'cause they don't give a shit. It wont' be their kid over there, getting' shot. Just like it wasn't them when their number got called, 'cause they were pullin' a tour in the National Guard. It'll be some guy from Southie takin' shrapnel in the ass. He comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, 'cause he'll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile my buddy from southie realizes the only reason he was over there was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And of course the oil companies used the little skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them but it ain't helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. They're takin' their sweet time bringin' the oil back, of course, maybe they even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fuckin' play slalom with the icebergs, and it ain't too long 'til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So my buddy's out of work, he can't afford to drive, so he's got to walk to the job interviews, which sucks 'cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin' him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he's starvin' 'cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue place special they're servin' is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. (beat) So what'd I think? I'm holdin' out for somethin' better. I figure, fuck it. While I'm at it, why not just shoot my buddy, take his job and give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president.


Are you aware of how you are being sucked in by politicians and advertisers to act in ways that harm yourself and others?


Will was aware and his rapid-fire monologue is filled with insight and brilliance. However, he is using that brilliance to hide, to run away from commitments. Hopefully you will develop your awareness of the world and then act to make it a more just world.