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Occupy Bedford Falls! Why "It's A Wonderful Life" Is The WORST Christmas Movie Ever.
Boston Herald ^ | December 21, 2011 | Michael Graham

Posted on 12/21/2011 5:13:07 AM PST by suspects

This Christmas marks the 65th anniversary of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” one of the most beloved holiday movies ever made. And one of the very worst.

I know, I know. Admitting you aren’t charmed by the story of George Bailey and Zuzu’s petals is like admitting you spend your spare time kicking puppies, but sorry.

The fact is, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is a movie that only an Occupod could love. The story is sweet, but the message is truly awful.

Consider George Bailey. In your mind, you see him after a lifetime of poverty, grief and bad luck, running through Bedford Falls shouting “Merry Christmas you old Building and Loan,” just happy to have a family he loves.

Well I agree that having a loving family can help us all get through crises. (Remember the stewardess in the disaster-film spoof “Airplane?” “At least I had a husband . . . ”)

But the name of the film is “Wonderful Life,” not, “Well, Things Could Be Worse.” And in George Bailey’s case, things are truly tragic.

Smart, ambitious George gets stuck at the modest Building and Loan back in Hickville when his brother marries into a cushy corporate gig and his father dies. After years of dreaming of going off to college, traveling the world and becoming a top engineer or architect, his life is spent scraping by, and helping others do the same.

Somehow the movie — like the Occupiers of today — tries to turn that into a virtue. Despite his wife and kids, George turns down $20,000 a year so he won’t have to work for that “evil banker,” Mr. Potter.

Occupy Bedford Falls!

Then disaster strikes. His addled Uncle Billy accidentally drops the daily deposit into Potter’s lap and guess who happens to show up that day...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: christmas; holiday; liberals; occupy
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1 posted on 12/21/2011 5:13:09 AM PST by suspects
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To: suspects

I like the movie.


2 posted on 12/21/2011 5:18:32 AM PST by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: suspects

I get the “banker is evil” idea you are saying, but George is also a banker and not evil.

There ARE “Evil” bankers just like there are “Evil” garbage collectors.

And if you don’t want to work for a piece of crap human being, banker/rich or not, that makes you an Occutard?

Call me one I guess. I have turned down jobs to avoid the corruption and influence that working there would incur.

And yes, when it comes down to it, I’d rather have Zuzu’s petals than a million dollars.


3 posted on 12/21/2011 5:18:51 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: optiguy

The author of this piece is completely twisting the movies message.


4 posted on 12/21/2011 5:20:49 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: suspects
My favorite Christmas movies are It's a Wonderful Life and Die Hard

It depends on my mood.

5 posted on 12/21/2011 5:23:21 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: suspects

This dude is exhibit “A” on how the worldly think - life is about what you can take rather than what you give. I am so grateful God saw fit and had the grace to open my eyes to the truth of existence.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 5:23:34 AM PST by circlecity
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To: traderrob6

The author of this piece is trying to justify why the “It’s A Wonderful Life” glass must be half full.


7 posted on 12/21/2011 5:23:58 AM PST by Obadiah (If U don't believe you can win, then there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.)
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To: suspects
" I know. Admitting you aren’t charmed by the story of George Bailey and Zuzu’s petals is like admitting you spend your spare time kicking puppies, but sorry."

So, according to this author he would be an American success story if he was cheating on his wife with Violet up in a New York Penthouse while building skyscrapers. Yeah, not only do you kick puppies, you probably drown rabbits and have no clue what constitutes success in America.
8 posted on 12/21/2011 5:24:05 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: optiguy

My guess is that Michael Graham of the Herald is actually just trolling for Christmas sentiments on his comment board for his article. Leaving out the meaning of the final scene, when all of George’s life acquaintances fill-eth up his cup until it runneth over is the moment the viewer is called to realize our hero’s life was, indeed, truly wonderful.


9 posted on 12/21/2011 5:25:03 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: traderrob6
Dittos.

He seems to be saying that just because someone is a banker/real estate developer, he can't be bad.

All communists are scum but that doesn't mean all capitalists are good (think George Soros, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates).

10 posted on 12/21/2011 5:26:48 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: suspects

Sorta funny article, but IAWL isn’t a crime thriller.
Justice for Mr. Potter isn’t in the script.

Now, if you want JUSTICE for Mr. Potter, look no further than Dana Carvey’s wonderful revisit way back when Saturday Night Live was actually funny (imagine that).

In that epilogue, Uncle Billy remembers what he did with the money, and George Bailey and gang go down to the bank and kick the living sh!t out of Mr. Potter.

One of SNL’s better moments.


11 posted on 12/21/2011 5:28:54 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: suspects

I never liked this movie, either. Not because of any perceived evil or hidden messages, but because Jimmy Stewart screeches through parts of it and is just sappy in others. Not his best work, IMO.


12 posted on 12/21/2011 5:28:54 AM PST by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: suspects

This is the worst opinion article ever.


13 posted on 12/21/2011 5:30:30 AM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: suspects

Don’t be surprised if a ‘writer’ from the libtard bastion of Boston doesn’t understand what the movie is about.

The ‘economic’ message is that small, private banking is a fine enterprise if it is part of the free-market system. The mean banking system is the one that seeks to conglomerate to eliminate competition so that it can create a monopoly. In other words, the mean banking system is the socialist banking system that we and the rest of the industrialized world are suffering under and that is best known as “central banking.”

The ‘spiritual’ message is that even people of faith fall on hard times but that God is always watching out for us and has a purpose even for our suffering.

The ‘community’ message echoes that of the ‘economic’ message, that a small neighborhood of people who truly know one another and care about one another and voluntarily take care of one another is the truest and best form of community. This is in stark contrast to the un-voluntary (forced) support that is mandated through the “State” and that forces one group of people to take care of another group of people whom they do not know, may not share common traits with, who may even be starkly opposed to and who may feel that ‘justice’ is being served by forcefully taking from that group to give to the recipients.

It is not just a nice movie.

It is an excellent movie with an excellent message.

Liberals don’t like it because it is an excellent example of how pop culture can praise traditional American values and how it can be done artistically.

And, as we all know, all communication channels in this country are only supposed to speak the Marxist message.

Merry CHRISTmas, everybody!!


14 posted on 12/21/2011 5:34:40 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Karl Denninger has jumped the shark. Do not visit his blog.))
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"Show me the great life of George Bailey at his unfettered best, with a family safe and prosperous thanks to the wealth he’s earned making the world a better place for the most people. Now that is a wonderful life."

Look no further, Michael!

Here I am--at my unfettered best! With a family safe and prosperous thanks to the wealth I've earned making the world a better place!

YES! THIS IS A WONDERFUL LIFE!

15 posted on 12/21/2011 5:35:41 AM PST by Savage Beast (The Democrat Party: The Party of Slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation, the KKK, Lynching, and Gun Control)
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To: suspects
There was time in this country when we celebrated the common man.

When we understood that marrage, family and good friends were the true measure of a man's life.

Now, apparently, Charley Sheen is the gold standard for the commentariate.

Well, I'm happy w/ my friends & family here in Hooterville. I didn't lose anything in NYC and you couldn't pay me enough to live in that sewer.

16 posted on 12/21/2011 5:37:28 AM PST by Pietro
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To: suspects

Please don’t pervert the classics. Thank you.


17 posted on 12/21/2011 5:39:13 AM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: suspects
I loved the movie... Jimmy Stewart was a full blown Military Hero... though few know it... and I HATE all progressives. I hate that they make me hate!

LLS

18 posted on 12/21/2011 5:44:06 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: traderrob6

Progressives twist everything to fit their template.

LLS


19 posted on 12/21/2011 5:45:09 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: P-Marlowe
I disagree. The movie seemed to espouse some sorta sappy New Deal liberalism that was fashionable in 1930's and 1940's movies....not only that, but 90% of the movie is depressing.

Not surprised that the movie wasn't popular in the Box Office when it first came out.

20 posted on 12/21/2011 5:45:31 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: optiguy
I like the movie.

I like Donna Reed.
21 posted on 12/21/2011 5:45:42 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: suspects

George Bailey was a chump. He gave all these people a break on their mortgages and when he fell into his troubles, these same people were able to come up with fistfulls of dollars. Also, the movie suggests that problems can be solved with wads of cash. And doesn’t the bank examiner want to know what happened to the cash that was lost? Yet I still cry when the decorative wooden all comes part on the stairway.


22 posted on 12/21/2011 5:47:26 AM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: autumnraine

I’ve met Zuzu. She lives in Olathe KS and sells some of her memorabilia at local consignment stores. I happened to be in one of those stores when she was there and she signed a photo for my daughter. My husband found it in the attic this year and we put it under the tree.


23 posted on 12/21/2011 5:49:48 AM PST by Mercat
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To: circlecity

This dude is exhibit “A” on how the worldly think - life is about what you can take rather than what you give.

&&&
You represnted my own thoughs very well. Apparently, this writer has no concept of the noble sacrifices that a good life involves.


24 posted on 12/21/2011 5:51:03 AM PST by Bigg Red (In this Advent season: Prepare ye the way of the Lord.)
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To: suspects

Not only that, but George also turns down a primo job when his buddy Sam opens up the Soybean-Plastic plant! There’s Sam driving away in Royce. Your fault, George, for passing it up! He could have had his beautiful wife AND wealth! So, I don’t entirely feel sorry for him. (Still like the movie, though).


25 posted on 12/21/2011 5:51:12 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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I always liked the “Married With Children” parody of this movie, “It’s a Bundyful Life”, with Sam Kinason as Al Bundy’s guardian angel.


26 posted on 12/21/2011 5:52:24 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Great post, GPM. Summed up the movie perfectly with your 3 messages part. Looks like a bunch of Freepers really get it this morning.


27 posted on 12/21/2011 5:54:40 AM PST by ngat
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To: Pietro

“Now, apparently, Charley Sheen is the gold standard for the commentariate.”

WHAT???
You mean Tiger Blood, hookers and endlass blow up your nose isn’t the true measure of a man??

Have you told Access Hollywood, and TMZ this?


28 posted on 12/21/2011 5:57:09 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: autumnraine

AMEN!!!!!!


29 posted on 12/21/2011 5:59:13 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: suspects

Why “It’s A Wonderful Life” Is The WORST Christmas Movie Ever.

Attempting to be “clever” and “counterintuitive,” this author falls flat and is, quite simply, full of unalloyed and utter bullsh*t.


30 posted on 12/21/2011 6:01:32 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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I'm warning Michael Graham and all his Boston Herald cohorts to stop knocking Its a Wonderful Life or we... kill Cliff!
31 posted on 12/21/2011 6:01:44 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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Nothing against ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (and the author is a miserable POS), but nothing makes my holiday like seeing 24 hours of ‘A Christmas Story’. This year our oldest son is getting a gift like Ralphie (no, not the pink bunny costume). I can’t wait to see his eyes when he opens it :)


32 posted on 12/21/2011 6:02:14 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

>>He gave all these people a break on their mortgages and when he fell into his troubles, these same people were able to come up with fistfulls of dollars.<<

No, the dude in NY came up with the money he was missing.

A fistfull of dollars is maybe 10.00


33 posted on 12/21/2011 6:02:38 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

My favorite movie is 1984’s George C. Scott “A Christmas Carol”......Love it!!! I also love the Grinch (old one). Those two are my favorite Christmas movies. It’s a wonderful life is ok. I would rank it in the top 5 but not 1 or 2.


34 posted on 12/21/2011 6:04:18 AM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: suspects

Years ago, Saturday Night Live did a skit on the “real ending” of It’s a Wonderful Life. The uncle remembered that Potter took the money, so the mob goes over to his house and kicks the crap out of him while singing Christmas carols. That was a funny skit.


35 posted on 12/21/2011 6:07:02 AM PST by Londo Molari
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Well I like the movie except the angel is shown as a namby pamby when in reality they are awesome powerful beings. Also in reality the Building and Loan should have turned the corner with its success and been much more profitable. Oh, the plot holes!


36 posted on 12/21/2011 6:10:15 AM PST by RushingWater
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To: optiguy

I’ve raised criticism of this movie for its “hate the rich and powerful” message too, BUT overall I like the movie very much. I get past my distaste for the central message by remembering that Potter was indeed a jerk in the end, by not giving the deposit money back to the Baileys.


37 posted on 12/21/2011 6:13:08 AM PST by Mich Patriot (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan)
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To: suspects
I love the movie, it has many messages, wealth is not just about money, that our lives have some meaning and purpose. The importance of community and what it means to be a citizen. I like the thought that God is aware of our actions, that like in Matthew 10:29 he knows when even the sparrow falls. Sure, some people think it is a sentimental and sappy movie but messages like those are important.
38 posted on 12/21/2011 6:13:37 AM PST by dog breath
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To: FrogMom

Now..now..now..you, you just can’t SAAY things like that! It’s unAmerican I tell ya! Now I’d say you’re nothing but a...a... scurvy old spider!


39 posted on 12/21/2011 6:16:01 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: suspects

Wow Michael, what a twisted POV!


40 posted on 12/21/2011 6:16:36 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: netmilsmom

Lol! Im sure youre right. Thanks.


41 posted on 12/21/2011 6:17:56 AM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Merry Christmas, my FRiend!


42 posted on 12/21/2011 6:22:13 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: optiguy

It’s Uncle Billy’s fault!


43 posted on 12/21/2011 6:25:32 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Mich Patriot

>>I’ve raised criticism of this movie for its “hate the rich and powerful”<<

Potter was an evil man. Plain and simple. It had nothing to do with being rich.


44 posted on 12/21/2011 6:30:58 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: suspects
“It’s A Wonderful Life” is a movie that only an Occupod could love.

Perhaps.

However, the difference is that OWSies do not understand the concept of "community". They don't wish to contribute to a community, rather they expect to be provided for by the community.

So OWSies, being the leaches of society, would naturally cheer for a George Bailey. But there is no way that they could BE a George Bailey.

And if there ever was an "Its a Wonderful Life 2" and George Bailey became wealthy from his head for business, he would still be George Bailey.

45 posted on 12/21/2011 6:31:03 AM PST by kidd
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The part of "It's a Wonderful Life" that I liked least was that George's wife became a librarian in the alternative dystopia of Pottersville. Why was it such a terrible fate for her to be walking in the footsteps of Eratosthenes of Cyrene and Zenodotus of Ephesus?
46 posted on 12/21/2011 6:32:02 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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Like you could get a fair review out of a Boston paper? I think the editor was desperate for page filler material and some young puke came up with this.


47 posted on 12/21/2011 6:34:13 AM PST by Boomer One
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To: circlecity; suspects
This dude is exhibit “A” on how the worldly think - life is about what you can take rather than what you give.

Kinda like the Occupy crowd?

48 posted on 12/21/2011 6:37:28 AM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: suspects

This piece is not worth buttwipe.


49 posted on 12/21/2011 6:38:34 AM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Fiji Hill

The point is not that she is a librarian but that she never married because George was not there to marry. She had to take a job to support herself. Talk about missing the point.


50 posted on 12/21/2011 6:41:02 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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