Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – Hee Haw!’
It’s a Wonderful Life is a legitimate classic. It’s aired every year around the holidays, and its message is as inspiring now as it was when it was released in 1946.
It’s a timeless tale of a man who feels his life has been unfulfilled. He’s missed out on the world travels he swore he’d take; he’s missed out on college to bailout his father’s fledgling savings and loan; and he was unable to serve in World War II due to a childhood injury.
Despite those opportunities lost, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) is simply a great man. Yet for all the good he does, there is something missing. He is unable to see the true impact of his deeds. Cue the heavy sentimentality.
This all may sound a little hokey, but it’s not. Bailey’s life is indeed fulfilled through the many lives he’s touched. Once you watch it, one of those lives will be your own.
So sit back, have a good cry while drinking a Tropicália IPA from Creature Comforts Brewing Co., and lock Uncle Billy in a closet! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, Chumpzilla, Mayor McCheese and a special guest are toasting to George Bailey—the richest man in town!
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – If you have not seen it, this Christmas staple is a must this holiday season. (00:00)
- Lingering Questions – This flopped. Yes, that is true. But why? (1:03:06)
- The Trivia Challenge – Chumpzilla challenges the field to a series of trivia questions. (1:31:11)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week, and for our final “Hops and Holiday Flops,” the cringe-inducing, stunt casting mess, New Year’s Eve! (1:43:52)