When’s the last time you saw a basketball star & a cheerleader treated as heroes? They enjoy their private life & cause no suffering. They do not even boast of their achievements. What reversal could occur in their story? Who will threaten their happiness? The government.
The woman, brimful of confidence, is habituated to rule. She thinks accidents are her personal problem; she goes around giving orders & securing obedience. Her husband is a successful & respected businessman who knows confidence is most reliable when most silent & who protects his family even from his own worries. She is an interior decorator, a new name for a wife’s arts.
Prosperity seems natural, for these good people are generous. This woman, unelected, acts as though the rights proclaimed in the Declaration are not her good luck, but a call on her rare powers. She carries a gun. Tocqueville suggested American society depends on the family, which depends on women’s dignified choice. He discusses only women’s education; here, we see the fruits of that education in our more democratic circumstances. Our protagonists are conservative, Christian Republicans.
Family love is our theme. Adoption shows that family love can nevertheless extend to include new members. Social breakdown & individualism could be remedied lovingly, but family love is nowadays threatened by the federal government.
Adopting the black kid who becomes a football star precipitates the crisis. He never had a family & is fatherless. Government bureaucrats would rather he stay that way. Indeed, the collapse of the black family & liberal welfare are coeval. This woman knows there are parts of town decent people avoid. That is where she goes to take her son back. She did not ask the law for a son–she took him because she could do good for him.
This simple kid recalls what Aristotle said about such creatures. But Americans believe in their ability to make good the Declaration’s promises. They are taught that all men are created equal by God, endowed with natural rights to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. This kid, with his school problems & his introduction to that most American sport, football, paradoxically becomes the center of the community. He typifies American hopes & problems.
Sports allow Americans to distinguish themselves democratically without endangering family. They teach the young to play by the rules so that common benefits accrue to all by desert. The mother teaches the football coach that love of one’s own is naturally warlike: Family can defend itself. The city often forgets that. The loyalty encouraged by sports, unlike the organization or the skill, is akin to that of family & allow people who have no other associations to come together in their hopes & fears. Common rejoicing is now a precious discovery.
Best family movie in some time. See it.