Family Movies That Teach Values
It's a Wonderful Life
(Not rated) 10 and up
These days, there is a lot of emphasis on doing whatever is necessary to make us feel good, which makes duty one of the most neglected of all values. That is why it's important for families to share movies that give us examples of thoughtful people making principled choices contrary to their own pleasure because of a sense of responsibility to others.
George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) never realizes his dream of leaving his hometown to see the world, because he has to take care of his family and protect his community from the predatory Mr. Potter. As George magically sees what the town would have been like without him, it's a healthy exercise for each of us to think about what we would see if someone were to show us the effect we've had on those around us.