Finding Forrester film poster

Family Time Movie Theater: Life Long Learning

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

There are several aspects of being a lifelong learner your teenager needs to consider. One aspect is the importance of being an informed and educated person, regardless of whether it is directly required by your job. Another aspect is to be prepared for the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that can occur in the course of your professional life. That is, how to be prepared for job loss or becoming marginalized by the constant changes in technology and the demands of a global economy. Here are some films that have characters who are facing various of these challenges.

Educating Rita (PG)

A hairdresser from Liverpool England returns to college to study literature as a way to better herself.  She is a great example of a life long learner and the difficulties that can develop as you try to fit that into a normal life.


 Finding Forrester (R)

A smart basketball player who wants to be a writer befriends a reclusive brilliant author.  They develop an unlikely friendship that requires both of them to grow and take risks.  This kid WANTS to learn despite the temptation of simply being a basketball talent.  He goes above and beyond to become the best writer he can be.


You might also consider: A Lesson Before Dying, The Paper Chase, Ten9eight (documentary), To Sir With Love, Dead Poets Society, The Emperor’s Club, Larry Crowne, Conviction R, The Secret to Happyness, Mr. Belvedere Goes To College, The Intern, The Internship, The Big One (documentary), Jerry Maguire, The Company Men
You can find all kinds of resources including an extensive list of movies that have a point by visiting the resource pages over on my website.
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