What I’d like to see is a movie in which workaholic dad sits his son down and says, “You know what? I’m not really interested in your karate thing or what specific toy you’ve decided you want for Christmas. What I am interested in is my work, and coincidentally my work finances all that crap for you. I am giving you enough money that you can do basically whatever you want — so just go do it already and stop trying to force me into a role I’m obviously never going to fulfill.”
It may be physically impossible for such a movie to be made in America, though. If that was the end point, the moral of the story — if all the family members “did their own thing” without stressing out about whether they felt the appropriate emotions about each other, etc. — then this whole “America” thing may literally collapse in on itself.
¿Por qué se vuelve imposible escuchar relatos diferentes a los de los Auténticos Valores de Familia? En este post, motivado por las películas de espíritu navideño en las que el principal problema es el hombre insensible y workaholic, Adam Kotsko apunta algunas cuestiones sobre el tema.