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Fancy learning a little more about money with these 5 family films?

Not sure what to watch on TV tonight with your family? How about one of these 5 films that come with the added bonus of teaching us about money and our finances? Don't panic, they’re not complicated films about traders or how the stock market works...

Money, financial independence, support, savings... everyday topics often explored in films. And occasionally with a lesson to be learned, sometimes even unsuspected. Think you’ll see the moral of the story in these family favourites? 

Here’s the line-up

  • Aladdin (1992)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Up (2009)
  • Coming to America (1998)
  • Cool Runnings (1993)

Enjoy your film!

1. Aladdin (1992)

This hilarious animated classic tells the story of the adventures of Aladdin, a young orphan urchin who discovers the Genie's magic lamp. He falls in love with Princess Jasmine and pretends to be the wealthy Prince Ali so he can marry her. (Un)fortunately, money and prestige aren’t everything, and it’s through being himself that Aladdin wins Jasmine's heart. After a few gags and raucous laughter of course!

2. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

This film recounts the true story of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith. This penniless, unemployed father is determined to get back on his feet, despite the pitfalls and financial difficulties he faces. He takes on an unpaid traineeship which opens the doors to his dream job. A great example of self-sacrifice to achieve financial independence.

3. Up (2009)

Another animated film that becomes a box office hit. Just reading the title brings the image to mind, the little house floating up into the sky thanks to all the colourful balloons hanging from it. But back to the plot. Long ago, Carl and Ellie's dream was to visit the famous Paradise Falls together. The couple had saved up money for the trip. Unfortunately, life’s unexpected events forced them to use their nest egg prematurely and put their dream on hold. So what can we learn from this? It’s important to put money aside for things that can crop up out of the blue.

4. Coming to America (1988)

Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is crown prince of the (fictional) Kingdom of Zamunda, an extremely rich African nation. But Akeem refuses the marriage arranged by his parents and heads off to find the love of his life... in New York! Wanting to find a wife who loves him for who he really is, he pretends to be poor. And so a new life begins for him, where he works, takes charge of his life and becomes financially independent. Will he meet the woman of his dreams?  

5. Cool Runnings (1993)

The crazy but true story of four Jamaicans who decided to compete in the bobsled event at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. With no money, equipment or experience, the four young men do all kinds of jobs to raise money: Sanka sings, Yul arm-wrestles and Junior sells his car. Will this be enough to get to Calgary and make an impression? Whatever happens, they show us that a lack of money shouldn’t stop us from living out our wildest dreams!

And after the credits have rolled?