Movie Review: Sabrina
Sabrina Fair looks and feels "plain Jane" until she's transformed by life in Paris. Then she begins to transfix others with the Paris magic.
Young and awkward Sabrina goes to Paris and returns transformed. She enthrals her long-time crush and rich playboy, David Larrabee, who had never noticed her before. Slight problem: playboy’s brother, Linus, is negotiating a double merger—the marriage of David and business tycoon’s daughter and the union of the two families’ companies. Someone needs to get Sabrina out of the way. Linus sends himself and falls into trouble.
The cast is superb: Harrison Ford as Linus (“World’s only living heart donor”) Larrabee, Greg Kinnear as lover-boy David, and Julia Ormond as a stunning Sabrina. She had a tough act to follow…
Double the fun
The original 1954 Sabrina starred Audrey Hepburn! (Humphrey Bogart and William Holden too!) The original movie a nd the remake vividly reflect their times (1950’s and 1990’S) and depict the differences between Grandpa and Grandma’s youth and those of Mom & Dad.
Multiply the Fun
Home Is Fun highlights snippets from the movie to help stimulate family discussion. First, just enjoy the show. The next day, ask about a favorite scene and discover each other.
Gay Paris or Lonely Paris?
What happened in Paris that transformed Sabrina into the desire of both Larrabee brothers? Sabrina’s French fashion editor boss (Fanny Ardant) describes the process: “I went for long walks and I met myself in Paris.” She shares, “You seem embarrassed by loneliness, by being alone. It’s only a place to start.”
Ironically, time alone helps me overcome loneliness…because I know myself better and am more able to fill my needs.
Make Time To Think: Read up on our easy ways to make time alone despite a busy schedule.
What DO Parents Teach?
After Linus explains to his mother his fool-proof plot to seduce then dump Sabrina, a disappointed Maude responds, “I didn’t teach you this.”
Fun Experiment: It’s tough to pinpoint all 1000 “essential” lessons that parents teach the kids! Our family tried this experiment to capture whether parenting priorities were clearly understood:
- Set the timer for 2 minutes and each person writes down “family principles” (younger kids might understand “family rules” better)
- Compare and contrast.
- Look for common concepts and clearly expressed ideas.
- Try these tools to help communicate more clearly and consistently:
o The Family Grooves
o Power Pointers
Prioritization Resources: When parents are clear and consistent, the children catch on. That’s why we use the Family Grooves and the Power Pointers. They may look like tools for the kids, but they sure keep the parents focused!