It's A Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life is one of those movies referenced everywhere in popular culture. It's omnipresent, and whether you've seen it or not, you feel as though you know the story.

I was 29 years old when I watched it for the first time. That Christmas Eve, with the toddler sound asleep, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I loved it, and openly wept at the end.

It's now the only Christmas movie I make sure to watch every year. I just like it. It's a 1940s movie that never feels slow, and even know I now know it note by note, I always end up with tears streaming down my face.

Last night, after the Raptors game, I watched it with the teenagers for the first time. My daughter fell asleep about 45 minutes in, but my oldest son was hooked, watched until the end, and cried when I cried. I can't remember the last time I saw him cry. It may have been 13 years ago.

Attaboy, Clarence!


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45 plus years visiting this planet and I have still never managed to catch "It's
A Wonderful Life" in its entirety, but I absolutely adore the homages/parodies
from SNL and SCTV. Once again, my one-channel-universe (CTV) will be
broadcasting it (as per usual) on Christmas Eve, but I'm probably gonna have
to take a hard pass. Sadly, I'm currently feeling much too low to handle that kind
of sustained seasonal, highly-emotional warmth. Besides, I much prefer Jimmy
Stewart's work in "Harvey" and his various Hitchcock collaborations. Ah, humbug,
there's usually one in every crowd (HI!!).P.S., I don't really hate the holidays, it's
just that they can be extremely difficult to endure in the absence of family. Hopefully
those of you out there who are more fortunate in this regard will never take
that for granted.

December 22, 2018 @ 10:32 AM


I love love love love love this movie, and Jimmy.

December 22, 2018 @ 1:24 PM


It's a Christmas staple in our house and thankfully my teenage daughters love it also

December 22, 2018 @ 9:29 PM


I like the fact that Donna Reed is in it. I can't help but think of her brief stint playing 'replacement' Miss Ellie on Dallas for one season.

December 24, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

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