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Grand Canyon

Starring: Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, etc.
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Rated: R
Year of Release: 1991
Video Release Date: April 2, 2002

A white and wealthy accountant, Mack, is stranded in the ghetto when his car breaks down. A black gang sets upon him. But at the last minute, a black tow truck driver, Simon, arrives to rescue him. This brush with possible death or serious injury causes the otherwise happy Mack to reexamine his values. Thus awakened to life’s richer possibilities, he decides to repay Simon’s kindness by getting involved in his life, helping him locate a better apartment and setting him up on a blind date. Thus begins an unlikely friendship between these two men, which serves as the center piece in a web of interconnected stories, all of which serve to illustrate the possibilities when people allow themselves to go beyond society’s barriers.

Viewing Suggestion:

Watch how Mack and Simon are able to “bridge the canyon” that separates them because of cultural, racial, and class differences.

Ask Yourself:

- Do you believe that you cannot make a relationship work because you are too different?
- Have you been able to make a connection with somebody who is different from you in various ways?
- Take Mack and Simon in Grand Canyon as an inspiration to open your heart to people you like though they are different.