I just watched "It's a wonderful life" for the first time....

by Cagefighter 18 Replies latest jw friends

  • Cagefighter

    Cagefighter has been a little down in the dumps as usual around the holidays, short days, lack of clear family status and plans for the pagan rituals like everyone else. I have also been struggling with my belief or lack of in God and God letting idiots with guns run around while he does nothing for children dying of cancer hasn't helped either. You can say, I have been in a extreme rationalists state of mind.

    Last week for my small group from church (the UMC equivelent of the Book study in JW land) we just decided to pop this little movie in the dvd player and light up the fire place. The couple who's house we meet at just had their second child which is only about six weeks old. I got to hold her and it kind of warmed up this cold rock in cagefighter's chest called a heart.

    I just finished the rest of the movie tonight since I am stuck home being sick. No one in my group could believe I never saw the movie. What a great movie, even though I am not too keen on Angel's and God today it was a great story for what it was. Great acting, great writing....So sad all the cool stuff you miss out on as a JW.

  • jgnat

    Hah, I didn't watch it through until it was older, either. It's about being human, watching out for your neighbour, eh?

  • Cagefighter

    Kinda.... The theme would be sumed up as "A man with friends is never a failure". I guess with the editing software avail they could take out the Xmas stuff and and make the Angel drone on about field service for a JW friendly version....LOL

  • snare&racket

    Cant wait to watch it this year with family x Several family members have left JWs now so wont just be me and looking forward to it!

  • Sulla

    It's totally socialist, but great anyway.

  • cobaltcupcake

    Oddly enough, the first time I saw it was at a JW family's house in 1986. Thinking back on it, I'm surprised my father didn't faint in an apoplectic fit. He had to rein it in because it was the night before my brother's wedding and we were staying overnight in the house.

  • Jim_TX

    This movie was/is usually shown each year on TV as a tradition around Christmas.

    I remember growing up my mom and my siblings would almost always watch this movie when it came on TV.

    My mom was full of mixed messages. Here we were JWs, and she would watch movies like this and Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby. Other things Christmas-related were verboten.

    In my later years, I have analyzed this and have come to the realization that she grew up celebrating Christmas (she only got involved with JWs after she got married and had several children - I was about 5). She secretly missed all of the lights and glitter - and this movie was one of those things that she missed.

  • Cagefighter

    Sulla, Well I guess we could watch Atlas Shrugged but it just wouldn't give me the same warm and fuzzies.

  • 00DAD

    It's about time!

  • Broken Promises
    Broken Promises

    It's a great movie, good for the feel-good fuzzies.

    Merry Christmas Cage.

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