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Won't You Be My Neighbor? - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews
A pretty magical documentary on the career of one Fred Rogers and his life-long commitment to children.
This was a surprising movie as I wasn't exactly sure what the message was going to be. Right off the bat I had no idea that Fred Rogers was a minister, which really helps to contextualize how much he wanted to find a medium to give sermons on values in a brand new and very effective way.

The movie does a great job walking you through the beginnings and how unique his approach was on speaking directly to children's feelings. He had a gift in that respect. Then when he begins to try and reach adults in his own way, you can see how he is often less effective and naturally the movie slows a bit during these parts but that's still an important part of his story.

I didn't realize how he was able to address all these huge topics in his show (war, racism, 'am i a mistake?") in a way that is digestible and understandable for children. I should get my daughter Emily to watch the episode where one of his fish dies.

The film is worth watching just for the segments where he is communicating directly to children, live. Or when he explains how kids 'test' him in their first questions. Those segments are just pure magic and worth the price of admission alone.

I watched this show pretty religiously (no pun intended) as a kid and it's cool to see how authentic the process was. Also, how much he never went fast but always purposely went very slow. After all, what is the damn rush to do everything anyway? I wonder if today's kids would respond to his show, when he is simply showing a turtle walk across the carpet or literally showing an egg timer count down a minute, just so people can understand speed and time. Amazing.

I will say that it seems to be an unfortunate development in the last decade or two that any time a man shows or expresses a genuine love for children, that they are typically made out to be suspicious of either being a homosexual or some kind of closet abuser. I hate that this is the automatic thing that society seems to do to men.

By the way, talking to kids using puppets totally works. They do a great job at showcasing this and pretty much anyone can do it.

Oh, and yes I did get wet in the eyes a few times in this film.
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Won't You Be My Neighbor
A pretty magical documentary on the career of one Fred Rogers and his life-long commitment to children.
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Colorcrayons replied the topic: #279625 12 Aug 2018 20:31
I haven't seen the film yet. Super lazy and full if excuses I suppose.

I met Fred once during seminary in '96. He was giving a lecture during one of our child psychology classes.

I met him after wards and was able to chat a bit. I was the most star struck I have ever been. His impact on my childhood is immeasurable.
He took pics of us together with his a disposable instamatic, then afterwards sent me a handwritten letter containing them.

I think the best two words to describe Fred Rogers is Kind and Deliberate. I doubt there was ever a time when he was neither.

The world misses you and needs you, Mr. Rogers. Apparently we learned nothing from the decades that you tried to teach us.
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Frohike replied the topic: #279628 12 Aug 2018 22:12
You’ll bawl at the end.
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Black Barney replied the topic: #279640 13 Aug 2018 08:52
Yeah Crayons, there's a great segment where a woman meets him for the first time as an adult and she just MELTS. It's amazing to watch and completely understandable. You have to see this.
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Gregarius replied the topic: #279654 13 Aug 2018 11:44
I really liked this movie, and like all of you, I grew up with Mr. Rogers.

I cried a lot, but I knew I would going in so I didn't try to fight it. What I wonder now, though, is why do so many of us cry? Shouldn't seeing such a kind a gentle man fill us with joy instead? I suspect that part of it is just a deep longing for warmth and understanding that seems to be disappearing from our world.
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Black Barney replied the topic: #279679 13 Aug 2018 18:05
i don't think they are tears of sadness. Maybe longing, but yeah I think it's just being exposed to such a raw form and display of love. It's overwhelming.
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Colorcrayons replied the topic: #279694 13 Aug 2018 19:53
Sincerity means a lot more than people often seem to beleive.

We hear and say "I love you" often. And just as often, we don't mean it, nor do we trust that when where told we're loved that it is true.

But Mr. Rogers doesn't even have to say that phrase, for you to know he means it. In utter sincerity.

Every act he does is deliberate and kind. The type of acts that take you so fully into consideration, that you don't even care for yourself as strongly as he does for you. It's easy to be taken aback.

This is why Fred is sacrosanct.

He lets you know that the trite platitude given by Lennon about 'All you need is love' is more than that. It's a true epiphany and not the cynical platitude society wants you to think it is.

This is why we weep when Rogers displays his love. The sincerity is so real, that even your own mother doesn't love you as much as he does.

He was one of the only people to actually ever truly practice what he preached.