Thursday Movie Picks: Rags to Riches

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we’ll talk about some pretty cool rags to riches stories!

Honorable Mentions: Pretty Woman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Catch me If you Can

#1 Wolf of Wall Street

This is rags to filthy rich. The movie is loud, colorful, and in your face. I was surprised in many regards and it was a great time to watch.

#2 Slumdog Millionaire

Okay, don’t cancel me but I didn’t love Slumdog Millionaire as much as everybody else seemed to. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid movie, a good one even but I wasn’t completely blown away. Nevertheless, it perfectly fits the theme and Dev Patel’s performance was great!

#3 My Fair Lady

I normally adore everything Audrey Hepburn is in. However, the only time I had a chance to watch this movie was when it aired on German TV. The German dub straight up killed me. I couldn’t take the Berlin accent Audrey was talking with and I had to quit. I really hope to finally see this one in its original glory soon though. Eliza Dolittle is definitely a diamond in the rough that trods the rags to riches path.

What’s your favorite film with a rags to riches story? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Rags to Riches

  1. Audrey is lovely in My Fair Lady, hope you get to see it in it’s original form soon, and it definitely fits the theme.

    I wasn’t crazy about Slumdog Millionaire. It was fine but how it won a Best Picture Oscar I don’t know.

    I have scrupulously avoided The Wolf of Wall Street since its release and have zero intention of changing that any time soon. When the fact that it has the highest occurrence of the F word in any film was part of the publicity for the film I knew it wasn’t for me. I’m no prude and have no objection to swearing when it is used in an impactful way but when it’s overwhelming I think it shows a lack of imagination on the writers part and takes me right out of the film.

    I headed back to the 30’s and 40’s for my choices.

    If I Had a Million (1932)-To keep his money from going to the pack of vultures that are his family, a steel tycoon (Richard Bennett) chooses eight random strangers from the phone directory and gives each $1 million. For some-an entertainer (W.C. Fields), a salesman (Charlie Ruggles), a prostitute (the great, unjustly forgotten Wynne Gibson), an office clerk (Charles Laughton), a retiree (May Robson)-the windfall brings joy both temporary and permanent. For others-a death row inmate (Gene Raymond) and a gangster (George Raft)-sorrow and for one-a Marine (Gary Cooper) disbelief but it changes them all. Each vignette was helmed by a different director including Ernst Lubitsch.

    Brewster’s Millions (1945)-Penniless Monty Brewster (Dennis O’Keefe) fresh out of the service learns that his uncle has left him $8 million! There’s a catch, the will stipulates that Monty must spend $1 million before noon of his 30th birthday two months hence. Monty thinks it will be a snap until he finds out it must be done in complete secrecy following a set of arcane rules including remaining single, much to the chagrin of his fiancée Peggy (Helen Walker). Wackiness ensues as Monty discovers just how difficult it can be to spend a million dollars!

    Caught (1949)-Poor department store model Leonora Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes-Vertigo and Miss Ellie of Dallas fame) tired of struggling to make a buck sets her sights on marrying a millionaire. When she snags multi-millionaire industrialist Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan) Leonora thinks she’s the luckiest girl in the world finding herself awash in every luxury imaginable. But it’s a false dream, Smith is a cold, controlling nutcase who holds her a virtual prisoner and delights in finding new ways to mentally torture her and Leonora finds herself “Caught”! Will kindly slum doctor Larry Quinada (James Mason) be able to save her in time? Atmospheric and unsettling noir.

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  2. Ah… 3 amazing films. Still not over The Wolf of Wall Street as that is still one of the best film screenings I ever went to. I never laughed so fucking hard in my fucking life and walked out of that theater with a big-ass smile and a Ric Flair strut.

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