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Little John Movie Review

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It All Begins with a Desire


Many years ago when there was no money in the budget for recreation/entertainment I suggested that I and my daughter, then in her twenties, buy or rent a movie each week. We went back and forth with her choosing movie titles one week and I'd choose the next week.

My daughter, Ana would mix things up. Some weeks she'd choose comedy, sometimes drama. But I'd always choose a movie with real-life lessons/messages such as the movie, Little John. I believe this was because even as a young child I was always trying to figure out how to get myself out of a situation. As I look back, most of the time they were unpleasant conditions that I had not created for myself--they just sorta' chose me.

Talking Things Out


What started as an activity in which we could spend fun time together led us into some pretty interesting and intense discussions concerning the situations in which the actors found themselves.

One such movie titled, Little John sparked a couple of days of discussion regarding the responsibilities, rights and conscience of the actors. I have to admit that comments made by Ana caused me to look at some things differently, proving that we're never too old to learn new ways of thinking.

Don't Make the Same Mistakes


The movie, Little John opens with the widower, John being summoned by the home for unwed mothers to come and get his grandson of which he had no knowledge even existed. He takes the child home to a ranch in Texas and raises Little John. As you may guess, the day comes when questions arise about the child's mother and father. John is encouraged by his sister, who visits the ranch once a year, to tell the boy the truth that his mother is alive and that she gave him up for adoption.

A lot of us who might watch the Little John movie could say that we've not experienced being given up for adoption. But don't get hung up on that aspect because the movie is about so much more that is common to most of us--misunderstanding between family members because something that should have been said long ago was never spoken. People go on with hurt feelings, believing a lie, bitter and angry over something they don't understand about another family member. They feel there is no justifiable reason for what was done to them. Whether it is a child who felt he wasn't loved as much as the rest of the kids, or a parent who, after doing the best he /she could by the child end up estranged from that child in his adult years.

Some things cannot be fixed because everyone is not willing to confess his/her mistakes. For instance, I have a brother, matter of fact, I have a couple of brothers who attribute "all" of their troubles in life to be the fault of others. When asked if any part of their life that went wrong was their own doing, they hang up on you or walk away waving an arm as if to say, "away with you!"

Little John was the product of a rape. His mother, who years earlier had tried to explain the circumstances of her pregnancy to her father was met with anger and disappointment in "her" behavior. Hurt, that her father was unwilling to listen, but had in fact, already judged her condition to be that of her willful actions, she moved to a home for unwed mothers. After the birth she continued with her education and became a judge ruling on the rights of abused children.

Most movies, such as the movie, Little John, depicting real-life stir memories of similar circumstances in our own lives that compel us to speak. The problem is that most of us are unable to view all sides leaving us biased one way or the other, thus, nothing gets resolved.

What Do You Want From Me?


Is it reasonable to expect a daughter who has in deed been a model child and young woman to be forgiving of a father who assumed the worst about her when he learned of her pregnancy? Was it a time for harsh words or a time to listen?

Is it reasonable for a father or parent to understand how crushing it is for a child to be presumed guilty without hearing him out, especially when that child, turned young adult has always been on his best behavior?

Who'll Make The First Step?


Regardless of whether you are the parent or the child,the sister or the brother, or the one-time friend, make the attempt to reconcile or start a new relationship by starting your own movie night and inviting that one you're estranged from to join you.

There must have been some good times in the relationship that has gone sour. The Bible says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Phillipians 4:8). Heavenly Manna has high praise for the Little John movie.

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