Thousand Oaks Muvico Theater
We had heard a lot about the "I Want Your Money" movie. We announced it a while back and some have gone on their own to see it. We finally decided to have a group outing on the last day of showing. No, it's not about a sub-prime lender, or even a flim-salesman. Even worse-- it's about the creeping evils of Progressive/Socialist Government. Ted Baehr's MovieGuide gave it a 4 out of 5 rating. Tea Parties and other netizens have spoken well of it, although it's not doing well at theaters. Too bad, because it's definitely worth seeing and should be part of school curricula.
The first wave to arrive included Ellen, Lana, Susan, Jennifer, George, David, (passer-by) and Nancy. Later, Kerry, Jen, Duane and his lady showed up. More arrived in the darkened theater later.
Some friends from the Conejo Valley and Ventura County Tea Parties got together to socialize, see and support the movie on Thursday evening. It's sure nice to go during the week when it's not crowded. In fact, we were about the only customers in Theater 3, where it was shown. I haven't even been to the Oaks Mall since it was expanded and felt like a country bumpkin from Oxnard in the now huge, slick, big city mall. Gawsh.
Although there was assigned seating, airline style, but without the body scans, we just walked in and commandeered the center section of several rows.
The movie groundwork was laid with discussion of past bad economic moves, depressions and inappropriate responses to the crises by FDR, Carter and others, including overspending, bailouts,various stimulii and Socialistic entitlements. The venue shifted to an imaginary debate between cartoon caricatures of Obama (the Kid) and Reagan (the smooth old pro). Appearances were made by cartoon Clintons, Reagan, Obama, Schwarzenegger, Carter, Bushes, Pelosi and Nixon. These were pretty funny. Even Bush Jr. was not treated kindly. In fact, only Reagan was. Newsreel footage of portions of important speeches and events were used to establish the context.
A movie highlight was some old footage from the Phil Donahue interview of Milton Friedman, when the latter took Donahue to school, masterfully explaining the superior psychology and ethics, as well as results, of free enterprise over Socialism.
The message take-away was:
- Socialism/Progressivism and its perpetrators: bad
- Conservative Republicans: good and in rather short supply
To our group, it was very much preaching to the choir. I can think of lots of people who needed to see it much more than we did, but probably won't. Best target audience would be the ignorant, but relatively open-minded. It was surprisingly upbeat and cheering, even though it covered so much bad news, because it showed great achievements, along with hope and optimism for the future. It is kinda sad that we have only one acknowledged political hero in our age and I ain't talking about Mr. Hope 'n Change.
Several of us agreed that should get some CD's to pass around, when they come out.
The West County group left after the movie for the long haul home, as did some of the Easterners, leaving just six (including yours truly, photgrapher) to hang out at a nearby cafe, sipping hot chocolate and munching on things.