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Joined: April 1992
||Posted: June 23, 2013, 4:19 pm
$86 Million US Domestic Opening Weekend, #1 in it's debut, beating Brad Pitt's zombie movie "World War Z" and beating "Man of Steel" about Superman. $136 million worldwide.
Congrats to Disney-Pixar, despite middling Rotten Tomatoes scores (78% Fresh Sunday afternoon 06/23/13, 89% of RT users who saw it liked it) vs. the 92-100% Fesh scores Pixar usually gets, and despite my husband and I weren't enamored of "Monsters University", MU owns the weekend this weekend!
Spoiler……… If you haven't seen the movie, skip reading now…… spoiler…..
I DID like, however, at the end of the movie, that no matter how you come into college, it's what you make of it, and even the most earnest and well-intentioned of people can "flunk" there. There are, however, multiple paths to the same goal. Luck can play a part, luck and being willing to start at the bottom, in unknown out of the way places if sonly an employer can see your potential and give you a chance. You give it your best shot, pour into it all your heart's worth of professional can-do attitude, and eventually you'll be noticed, work your way up, even past the college-degreed folks, and do what they do, That's how the movie ends. Kicked out of MU, Mike and Sully happen to see a help wanted ad in the classified section of a newspaper for mail room clerk at Monsters, Inc. They were hired there, worked their way up, got noticed, learned how the place operates…. And that is how and why they ended up being Class A Scaring Monsters in 2001's "Monsters, Inc." Not by having gone to college, though they learned life lessons there, but by working their way up via apprenticeship and patience from the bottom up. In society today there is now a debate whether a college degree is worth going into debt for in order to graduate and get mediocre jobs or jobs not even in your field of study. College, for some people, is a waste of time, money, years, when what they'd be better at is vocational-technical education for a skilled tradesman. Huge attention to detail, plot and visually, in MU about college life… But how Mike and Sully got their start were by their college rejecting them and instead they got hired at the utility company anyway, started in the mail room, worked hard, worked their way up, and apprenticed.
My son attends a Catholic boys' high school. In this year's graduating class many are going off to "fancy" colleges with demanding admissions standards studying demanding pursuits for degrees in professional fields. Some however are going to more modest local colleges. And a couple… Are entering a local junior college-vocational-technical school to learn trades. In so many generations we've become familiar it's "necessary" to go to college to earn that sheepskin. College grads earn more per year than non-college grads. Yet some college grads, even earning advanced degrees, end up not making it professionally, hitting dead ends. Meanwhile when you need help, hire a plumber, a carpenter, a car mechanic, look who you need to hire to get a house built or landscaping installed, your hair cut or an appliance repaired, or goods transported from here to there by truck. Want to buy and renovate an historic home in a gentrified part of town? Bricklayers with specific expertise are needed, carpenters and craftsmen and women with specific expertise are needed. Electricians. Etc. Need to have your doctor transmit your medical or dental or lab claim to insurance? Skilled craftspeople know all those medical codes so the forms are filled out, E-delivered, and get processed. Who fills your prescription at the drug store? A licensed degreed pharmacist oversees it's done right, but paraprofessionals do the work of it. And for these and other trades: Trade school works.
While I wish MU had more of what I was looking for in a Pixar movie, and I can wish our audience with us in the theater that night had been more responsive (they liked the trailers of other movies better ) I can applaud Pixar-Disney for putting that realization in their movie: It no longer MUST take a college degree to succeed in the working world for some working fields.