#BlogElul via the Movies 11 – Ridiculously Good-Looking and Plucky

“When it’s time to change, then it’s time to change”

The Brady Bunch has it right. Change comes inevitably. And without our help, it may come really slowly or not in the way we want.

Take Moneyball. Billy Beane tries to remake how a Major League Baseball team goes about evaluating players. He is openly thwarted at every turn. According to the movie, if you are ridiculously good-looking (Brad Pitt) and hire a plucky, stat geek (Jonah Hill), it’ll all come out okay.

By the way, the Oakland Athletics never did win the World Series under his regime. They did go to the playoffs a few times, but haven’t since 2006 or even finished above .500. But they are doing well this year, and Beane did change how all clubs evaluate talent so he has a true legacy even if it isn’t actually winning.

Change is a common element of the movies and can inspire us. But there are some things you seem to need.


The Help is all about change. It teaches us that a plucky white girl (who is really good-looking) can help African-American maids put crap in people’s pie and successfully publish their stories of abuse by cruel and racist Mississippi white women.

In Working Girl, Melanie Griffith changes her professional and romantic lives, salvages her company, but leaves the 80s hair intact along with plucky best friend Joan Cusack and ridiculous good-looking Harrison Ford.

Now if you have someone ridiculously good-looking in your life and if you have someone plucky alongside you (They could both be you – but then you likely overstating things about yourself and should change that), then change should be easy and take about 90-110 minutes. But if you have only one of those attributes in your life or worse yet neither, change is a little more of a struggle. On the other hand, you are probably not single-handedly trying to save a baseball team, stop racism, or sleep with Indiana Jones. So your changes are much more doable than movie ones.

Change happens because we make it so. This Elul, change something in your life and watch a wonderful movie unfold – your new life.

#BlogElul is the brainchild of @imabima who blogs at imabima.blogspot.com. For the 30 days of Elul, the spiritual preparation before the Jewish High Holy Days, many Jews will be reflecting on the themes of the season. My posts will all be through the lens of movies. You can see all the themes in the graphic. Follow all the other excellent postings through Twitter at #BlogElul along with related items #Elulgram and #PopCultureElul.

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