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    Finally, Something Nice: Tom Hanks Playing Mr. Rogers May Save Us All

    Finally, Something Nice: Tom Hanks Playing Mr. Rogers May Save Us All

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood isnít a movie about Mr. Rogers. Itís a movie about us.

    Technically, itís about Tom Junod, a journalist who profiled Fred Rogers for Esquire in 1998. The resulting article, ďCan You Say...Hero?Ē chronicles the litany of good deeds Junod witnesses Rogers perform throughout the day, often simple acts with seismic effects on the people he encounters. It ends with Rogers asking Junod to pray with him, a moment that changed his life completely: who he was as a journalist, as a father, and as a man.

    Matthew Rhys plays Lloyd Vogel, the fictional stand-in for Junod, a writer already fragile from his own cynicism who is nearly broken by his deadbeat fatherís attempts to reconnect with him shortly after the birth of his son. Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers, the minister who became a childrenís TV host then beacon of hope for a struggling society, and also the person who saves Lloyd.

    Itís a movie about how much Lloyd (and Junod) needed Mr. Rogers at that time in his life. Itís about how much we need Mr. Rogers right now. Itís about how much we need Tom Hanks right now. Itís about how much we need a movie in which Tom Hanks plays Mr. Rogers right now. .....
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    I may go see it.

    I never watched even a single episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. (I was nine when it started.) I never had any interest in kids' programming that was not action-oriented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorrinRadd View Post
    I may go see it.

    I never watched even a single episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. (I was nine when it started.) I never had any interest in kids' programming that was not action-oriented.
    I had children and grandchildren, so I watched WAY TOO MANY episodes. I can even sing the song.... "It's a wonderful hood in the neighbor day...."
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