Won’t you be my neighbor?

Did any of you see the Mr. Rogers movie with Tom Hanks? It wasn’t really even about Mr. Rogers. It was about a man who interviewed him for Esquire magazine in about 1998, and is based on that story. I made sure I had tissues in my purse because I suspected I’d need them, and sure enough I did. Reminded me of me when my life was a lot more simple, before it got really complex and lonely. The main character undergoes some spiritual and emotional growth as a result of spending time with Rogers. It’s a good story, wholesome and true.

Anyway, did you see it? Did you like it?

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Author: JJ

Accounting instructor at a major university in the midwest.

20 thoughts on “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

  1. I haven’t seen it and probably won’t, but I was always very fond of Mr. Rogers. I watched his show sometimes when I was really a bit old for it- ten or eleven. He was so calm and kind and in control, the perfect grownup.  I disliked the snickering  jokes about him that were around when I got older.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    I didn’t watch Mr Rogers when I was young but it brings back warm memories of his gentleness and kindness.

    Yes, I have a lot of warm memories of him as well. He was a sweet soul. He genuinely liked children.

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  3. Jojo:
    I haven’t seen it and probably won’t, but I was always very fond of Mr. Rogers. I watched his show sometimes when I was really a bit old for it- ten or eleven. He was so calm and kind and in control, the perfect grownup.  I disliked the snickering  jokes about him that were around when I got older.

    Yes I remember the snickering as well. It left a mark on me as I stopped watching him at some point for that very reason. Wish I hadn’t.

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  4. I had enjoyed Mr. Rogers when our sons were young.

    The movie is wonderful.

    If you never saw the TV show, it would be a very good idea to watch an episode of Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood before going to the movie.

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  5. MJBubba:If you never saw the TV show, it would be a very good idea to watch an episode of Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood before going to the movie.

    Good tip, I hadn’t thought of that. I agree.

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  6. I didn’t know this until watching the movie then coming home and googling about Mr. Rogers…

    … but he wrote the music that was used on the TV show. His undergrad was in music composition.

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  7. JJ:

    MJBubba:If you never saw the TV show, it would be a very good idea to watch an episode of Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood before going to the movie.

    Good tip, I hadn’t thought of that. I agree.

    The movie is easy to follow, moves along at a good pace, and is surprising at how it manages to be both powerful and gentle.

    Do not over-prepare.   Watch an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

    Afterwards, go find that Esquire article.   It is easy to find.   It is a long and rewarding read.

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  8. I linked  to the article in the OP. At least I think that’s the right article. I’ll double-check it tomorrow.

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  9. Henry Castaigne:
    I remember that this article was quite good. At times religious folks haven’t been the nicest to me. I’m sure that I’ve returned the favor. It seems that he really walked the walk though.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/weekly-standard/my-chance-lunch-with-fred-rogers

    I looked at this video that was linked in the above link. I cried. Who cries at an Emmy acceptance speech? The contrast between a real person in among the celebrities got to me. The power of the words expressed so meekly amazed me.

    Thank you, Henry.

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  10. He embodied this verse so well, “Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” He’s a saint in my book.

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  11. JJ:
    He embodied this verse so well, “Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” He’s a saint in my book.

    I never thought it till a little while ago but “Won’t you be my neighbor?” is “Love thy neighbor”, right?

    Did you watch the video of the Emmy award?  His loving relationship with his wife impressed me.

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  12. 10 Cents:

     

    I never thought it till a little while ago but “Won’t you be my neighbor?” is “Love thy neighbor”, right?

    I never thought of it that way either, but I think you’re right. Makes sense to me, and reveals more depth to that enterprise than I previously realized it had.

    Did you watch the video of the Emmy award?  His loving relationship with his wife impressed me.

    I watched it after I watched the movie, when I came home and did some googling.

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  13. My kid never watched the sonorous sweatered showman; we had Cartoon Network by then.     Obviously he meant a lot to some people.  But I could not believe it when I heard they were making a movie about him.  What—does the nation need  to de-stress  before its nap?  Does the nation want to go back and be potty-trained?  I dunno, maybe it’s just my hatred of TomHanks  that makes it so irritating.  IMHO he peaked with Bosom Buddies. 

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  14. Bryan G. Stephens:
    People are complex, Hy. Tom Hanks is not any more evil than normal.

    ok then he’s just pathologically stupid, or so I have  felt ever since he said that in WW II  we made war on the Japanese “because they’re yellow”.   Ground control to Major Tom:  they attacked us!   

    Fred Rodgers may have been less so.

    yeah, and probably also Captain Kangaroo and Buffalo Bob.  And what about Clarabelle?  Ze was clearly ahead of their time.
    (Oh forget it, sorry I gratuitously crashed the Neighborhood party! )

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  15. Hypatia:

    Bryan G. Stephens:
    People are complex, Hy. Tom Hanks is not any more evil than normal.

    ok then he’s just pathologically stupid, or so I have  felt ever since he said that in WW II  we made war on the Japanese “because they’re yellow”.   Ground control to Major Tom:  they attacked us!   

    Fred Rodgers may have been less so.

    yeah, and probably also Captain Kangaroo and Buffalo Bob.  And what about Clarabelle?  Ze was clearly ahead of their time.
    (Oh forget it, sorry I gratuitously crashed the Neighborhood party! )

    Oh, I am no fan of Tom Hanks, but he clearly won enough fans to keep winning good roles.

    Mr. Rogers is a very very good role.   Tom Hanks did a good job; it was not a particularly taxing role for an actor.

    The winners here are the screenplay and the director.   “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is an excellent movie.

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  16. JJ:
    It wasn’t really even about Mr. Rogers.

    But it is very much about Mr. Rogers.

    And it tells us very much about Mr. Rogers by showing the deep and positive influence he had on a man and his family that Mr. Rogers had only just met.

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  17. Well yeah I could have been more clear on that point. I was trying to say that strictly speaking, he’s not the central character.

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