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What's the message behind this movie?


We have an elderly white man who was a pillar of his community getting caught for running drugs for Mexican gangsters. There is definitely a message of some kind here. What do you think it is?

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Give your hard earned money to Clint Eastwood.

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There is no real message provided regarding his drug-running activities. The film neither explicitly condones nor condemns the lead character's crimes.

What it does make a statement on though is putting family first. Eastwood's character is someone who always put other things in front of giving time and attention to his family, and he's a man who learns his lesson about this late in life.

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I would say that you covered it nicely.
The movie IS based on a true story.
I would say that it was less about giving to himself, and more about giving something to his family and to the community and to worthy causes.
To ME there is also a message of DONT get greedy. A LOW profile works. But too many "jobs" only raises the odds of being caught.
Once you're in too deep, you cant get out. If you are caught, dont deny or pass the blame. Accept that you have done wrong, but didnt do it out of malice. These are a few other things I felt were the message.

Frankly before I saw it, I kind of expected this to be about a senior who really couldnt make ends meet and was kind of forced to do this. It kind of started out that way but ended up about him finally giving to his family as well as to organizations and worthy causes.

This is a movie were we know he has done wrong, but we are sympathetic to him at the same time. His character may have started out unlikable, but we admire him for doing good things with his earnings and making amends with his family. We admire him for owning up to his deeds.

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Pay attention to your family. They're the most important thing in life.

😎

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