Top Ten Movie Mentors
The problem with mentor – aka ‘education’ – films is that they’re quite often a particular strain of cheese, so if you’re lactose intolerant, or at least have a low tolerance level for fromage, it can be a battle to get to the lesson in the happy ending.
However, when done well, they’re truly epic, and make you want to go out to a pedestrian mall and get your ‘Free Hugs’ sign on. Peace and love.
10. Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire - a faulty but pretty awesome film about the different ways people can be messed up and broken. Jerry (played so well by Tom Cruise) is a soulless sports agent who realises he kind of wants a soul. He discovers why it’s fairly useful when he’s left with one demanding client after a meltdown, namely Rod Tidwell (Cuba “Show me the money!” Gooding Jr).
Rod becomes less of a money-hungry, self-obsessed douche, and Jerry learns humility and how to make a very corny speech (“You complete me”), which says little more than he’s terrified of being alone.
Still, they learn stuff and grow.
9. Anne of Green Gables
OK, before you write me off for including this classic (yeah, I said it), just hear me out. Putting aside its sheer brilliance of this story about a red-headed orphan with grand writing aspirations, this is a great example of how the student is actually the master.
See, we think Anne is all messed up, always getting into trouble, and wanting an education, but it’s really she who teaches brother and sister caretakers Marilla and Matthew what it is to love and nurture, and enjoy life beyond making jam and herding cows. YOU WILL CRY.