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Additional Research by Hunter Harris
Erin Brockovich (2000)
An environmental threat is devastating a small community, and this real-life heroine is not going to stand for it. She owns her power in push-up bras and drugstore makeup, and does not let a real estate magnate keep his abuses quiet. Can't put my finger on why this film feels pertinent, but you're gonna love how you feel after you watch it.
This is another example of the ol’ "you think I’m a ditzy blonde, but I’m going to save the day while you’re not looking" formula. Goldie Hawn is a D.C. waitress who accidentally takes a bullet for someone important and stumbles her way into a slapstick political career. While on trial, she summons the Constitution, delivering lines that will for sure rouse your sense of patriotism from the Snuggy in which it's hibernating. “I’m ‘we the people.’ You’re ‘we the people’…and you’re going to have to watch out for me, ‘cause I’m going to be watching you like a hawk.”
If all you want to do is stay inside with your books, know that this girl reads so much she develops telekinetic powers. Then, she uses those powers to defend her friends against a big bully in charge.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
American history has some bright spots, which these two hapless bros wander into during an exhilarating adventure through time (and a California mall). The moral — be excellent to each other — is one we can lean on now more than ever.
The film, like Harvey Milk's real life, does not have a happy ending. But America's first openly gay elected official marked a turning point in our country's history; a point when openness, acceptance, and safety for all people was allowed to be a priority. The struggle to organize around those values is as important today as it was in 1978, and Sean Penn's optimistic and Oscar-winning portrayal of the enthusiastic leader is a great reminder of a time when we got it right.