Movie is a form of entertainment that captures us with the emotions portrayed in the story. Depending on the movie’s genre, we may perceive the story line as a way to learn about relationship, life goals or perhaps we just watch it for the sake of releasing stress. But how often do we see movies with real life money lessons?
Now let us share with you 5 movies that contain real-life money lessons.
Pursuit of Happyness
This film is based on a true story of Chris Gardner, a salesman who invested his family savings in bone-density scanners. When the investment fails, his wife leaves him and he evicted from his home. Chris and his son are forced to sleep in homeless shelters and at some point, they only have 22 dollars to survive. Despite the struggle, Chris never gives up and decided to go for an unpaid internship position at Dean Witter.
Not only that it inspires us to keep moving forward but also teaches us to invest carefully and reminds us of the importance of having an emergency fund.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street describes the life of a stockbroker named Jordan Belfort who lures clients with unrealistic profit margins and makes them buy terrible stocks. His clients eventually lose a huge amount of money while Jordan becomes richer.
When it comes to a financial decision, conducting research and getting insights from trusted experts are really important. Don’t be manipulated with instant gratification.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
It’s about a New York city girl named Rebecca Bloomwood who has a serious addiction in shopping and debt issue. She avoids paying her credit card debts whenever she could. Ironically Rebecca landed a job as a financial journalist and her column turns famous instantly. But she soon realizes that her shopping addiction and debt issues threaten to destroy her career and relationship.
The story teaches us to confront our financial debts and not avoiding from paying. Every decision we make now will give an impact on our future.
The Money Pit
A film about a young couple who use all of their life savings to buy a ridiculously low-cost house. They realize the house is problematic after they moved in. Forced to do renovation, it eventually creates strains on their relationship.
As a first-time homebuyer, it’s essential to equip yourself with financial literacy especially knowledge on buying a property. Do investigation on the property first and negotiate based on your budget.
A happily married couple encounters financial turmoil when the recession strikes. The couple try to revive their financial situation by gambling until they meet a wealthy man named John who offers million dollars, with a condition to have one night with the wife.
The story reminds us that as much as money is important, it’s not worth it to sacrifice our family and self principle for money. There are no shortcuts to achieve a financial goal but to work hard.
So there you go! Happy watching!