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New Year’s resolutions are dangling by a thread just a few days into the new year. Here are some of the best examples of people re-entering the world and starting anew, so you can have some hope that reboots are still possible. During this first weekend of the rest of our life, we can view all of these flicks at the press of a button.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
This small chamber work about a retiree moving to India is surprisingly emotional and humorous thanks to the performances of Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson.
Les Miserables (2010)
Having a justice-obsessed gendarme on your tail for a few decades trying to throw you in chains for life for stealing a loaf of bread isn’t the best motivation to start a new chapter. There were several times when Jean Valjean started from scratch, yet he had the ability to overcome any obstacle.
Original beautiful young people on the run, doing what beautiful young people know how to when they throw it all away in the original beautiful young film.
If you want to scare somebody, point firearms at them and smoke smokes. Faye Dunaway donned her beret for Bonnie and Clyde seven years before Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo threw away their bourgeoise existences in Jean-Luc Godard’s film, which became the foundation of French New Wave cinema.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Is it possible for a talent scout to be redeemed? This expansive comedy drama asks that question after Tom Cruise’s young man on a roll wakes up in a sweat in the middle of the night with a sudden impulse to do it all again. To many, the film is best known for its use of catchphrases.
As a result, these two lines have become so well-known that many people don’t even know they were taken from a film. But it’s also a powerful drama about the soulless search for something else.
Not exactly a warm-and-fuzzy picture of starting a new life, “political prisoner” Tony Montana’s determination to seize the American dream in all its guises yet inspires admiration. Rebuilding himself from the ashes of his previous existence, Tony becomes a disco-era, modern capitalist mogul. Because its makers seem to have ignored the advice of their hero, “don’t get high on your own supply,” the film often feels like a failure.
To witness Al Pacino’s accent-drenched depiction soar to new heights is a never-ending, jaw-dropping joy.
Lost in America (1985)
The funniest parody of yuppie culture’s “Let’s go touch the indigenous” impulse. With their nest fund in tact, Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty set off on a road trip from their LA enclave in an RV…and they don’t make it very far…
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
The most outlandish tale of starting over ever told. Two seemingly broken people, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, attempt to rebuild on the debris of their shattered identities in this off-kilter, humorous, and heartfelt film.
The Quiet Man (1952)
“I’ll never fight again,” John Wayne says in the film. Even when he hides out in a little Irish village, he still gets into trouble. An enjoyable and heartfelt pastoral piece by director John Ford.
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
In the original single woman altering her life film. This early Martin Scorsese picture, about a widowed single mother starting over in Arizona with nothing but the clothes on her back, is both funny and heartbreaking. Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn portrays a lady who is seeking to find her identity in the film. In the role of the romantic interest, Kris Kristofferson is usually a standout. Iconic characters never leave your mind in this simple film that served as the inspiration for the TV series “Alice,” in which Vic Tayback reprised his role as Mel’s Diner owner Vic Tayback.