Last night, I finally went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Given that every Star Wars movie has been worse that the previous one, I wasn't expecting much. Maybe that's why I was pleasantly surprised.
However, The Force Awakens, like almost all science fiction, is anti-business and anti-entrepreneur. Star Trek has Cyrano Jones, Harry Mudd and Quark. Star Wars has Jabba the Hutt, Watto and, in the new film, an ogre-ish junk dealer.
In fact, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurism doesn't fare well in Hollywood. In movieland, if you're trying to build a business, you're either pathetic or trying to con people, and if you've made money in business, you're an automatic villain.
That's why it's so refreshing to run across a movie-"Joy"-that treats being an entrepreneur as something desirable and admirable, even when (especially when) your family and friends aren't supportive or don't "get" it. Here's the trailer:
While not entirely realistic, this is the kind of movie that teaches real life lessons, especially the sometimes painful truth that creating and owning your own business is the only real security that you can ever have.
I might note that Joy is getting mixed reviews from mainstream newspapers, which is exactly what you'd expect from an intellectual elite that looks down on business. Go see Joy. It's the perfect holiday movie.