The Thing I Like About …

The Chaperone, starring Paul Levesque and Ariel Winter:  the notion of responsibility.

In The Chaperone, Ray is released from prison after serving seven years for driving a getaway car in an armed robbery.  He attempts to make amends to his daughter, but it’s an uphill climb – not once does she make it easy for him; she’s filled with anger and contempt.  She wants him to leave.  She’s embarrassed to introduce him to her friends.  She is, quite justifiably, upset and hurt that he has not been part of her life.

But Ray never stops trying, and he never makes excuses for the things he’s done.  He speaks to her openly about his crime, and answers her honestly and immediately when she asks why he’s done what he’s done.  His mantra, in fact, is, “Confront it, tell the truth about it, and move on,” and he lives up to that mantra.  He accepts everything that’s happened – including the negative consequences – and he never once whines about it or feels sorry for himself.

His attitude pays off as he slowly starts to regain his daughter’s affection, so much so that she attempts to blame the armed robbers for setting her father up for the crime – but he stops her, refusing to blame anyone but himself for his actions.

Because he is so willing to take responsibility – both for his mistakes and in his role as a father – he is easy to forgive, easy to trust, easy to like.  He becomes the kind of person we would each like to be, and it makes a lighthearted little action movie into something meaningful and inspirational.  By the end of it, it’s clear that taking responsibility is actually a lot easier than not taking it, and that living honestly doesn’t have to be melodramatic or unhappy.

Give The Chaperone a try.  It just might help you face some things in your own life … and help you find the kind of reward that Ray earns for himself.

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