Movies that inspire us to do good

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HELPING HAND LAND — Movies are one of the most inspirational forms of entertainment. Here are a few movies that can inspire us to do some good in the world.

Pay It Forward

What if one idea had the power to change the world? When a seventh-grade social studies teacher challenges his students to think of a way to make a difference and put the idea into action, Trevor sparks a chain reaction of good deeds that spreads far beyond his Las Vegas community.

“Pay It Forward” is about helping others who can’t help themselves. Instead of returning the favor, the deed is paid forward to three other people. Such a simple concept, but what if we all chose to pay it forward when someone does something nice for us? Sometimes the actions that seem small and simple are exactly what the people around us need.

The Intouchables

The award-winning French film, “The Intouchables,” is a deeply moving film about a wealthy quadriplegic and his full-time caretaker. The two men become unlikely friends as they discover they both have something to offer one another.

This film warrants an R-rating for language and some drug use. However, the movie is also full of powerful themes that any individual could learn from. The most prominent message of “The Intouchables” is a reminder that money can’t buy the most important things in life like love, loyalty and happiness. Never underestimate the influence of one person’s love and friendship.

Chasing Mavericks

There are plenty of movies out there that inspire us to follow our dreams, but “Chasing Mavericks” goes even further to show what can happen when we help others reach their goals.

Local legend Frosty Hesson has made his mark on the surfing world and recognizes that it could be time for someone else to shine. In this case, that someone else is the talented teen surfer, Jay, who is determined to surf the biggest waves in the world, called Mavericks.

“Chasing Mavericks” captures the joy that only comes from helping others on their way to success.

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