I always find myself in a conundrum when trying to figure out what movie to review next and this week I got the memo. Some movies are worth seeing again—you never know what you might have missed. Good Deeds is one of them.
This movie begins with a narrative by Wesley Deeds who, until this point, has lived a very scripted life. Groomed to take his father’s place as CEO of Deeds, Inc. He had the perfect life and perfect girlfriend (Gabrielle Union) who could predict his every move.
But all of this changed when Wesley accidentally met Lindsey, a single mother who works as a janitor in his office building.
Lindsey is the primary example of “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” Everyone that is in a bad predicament is not always there by their own choosing. That’s why it is unwise to pass judgement on people and their circumstances.
Lindsey’s husband killed in Iraq; left everything on her. A nursing school dropout—not by choice. A widow frantically trying to take care of her daughter. The IRS garnished most of her paycheck when her rent was already late. The same day got evicted from her apartment and subsequently, her daughter taken from her by the state because she was homeless.
Through various steps of intervention, after being called an ‘ass’ upon their not so pleasant introduction. Wesley aids this woman and her child. By giving them a place to live so they could be reunited. And by helping her, found the courage to fly away from his gilded cage.
Being the eternal optimist, this movie springs hope eternal in humanity. Although a CEO going to such great lengths, these days and times, to assist anyone seems idyllically remote. Aside from Undercover Boss who’s heard of such things?
But then, who would ever think by saving someone’s life you’d be finding your own?
Perhaps that is what Jesus meant when he said, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. “
In such a microwavable society today, Good Deeds will force you to take a timeout and re-evaluate yourself.
We give this movie a five star rating.
Just because of the message this film purveys. It actually shows what love thy neighbor really means.
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