Before Kathryn Bigelow was making Academy Award winning movies like ‘The Hurt Locker’, she was doing really good work with her 1991 action film, Point Break.
Point Break is the story of an FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) who goes undercover in order to catch a band of bank robbing surfers committing their grand theft dressed as ex-Presidents. The premise alone is enough to have me glued to the television but Point Break goes one step further and has Gary Busey in it too. Gold.
But the real star of the movie is Patrick Swayze, (who you know from my Zen of Parenting post as the butt kicking bar bouncer Dalton) who commands the screen as Bodhi. A wise soul who happens to rob banks by day then carves up a gnarly set of waves later in the day and then finishes up his day with bodacious beach parties. If scientists were able to create a human clone by taking DNA samples from Friedrich Nietzsche, the Hawaiian Shark God Ukupanipo, John Dillinger, Jonathan Cabot from ‘Gymkata’, and threw a Farrah Fawcett wig on him, you would have Bodhi.
So you might be saying, “Yeah Jimmy, we know Point Break is a totally awesome movie and we have already attempted to round up anyone from accounting willing to surf and rob banks with us, but what does that have to do with parenting?” I’m glad you asked. Bodhi’s wisdom permeates into parenting as easily as he is able to get his deck to duck dive the waves. Plus while he is violent, he isn’t too violent. He would rather use his mind and a little bit of intimidation before he resorts to cracking patellas and crushing larynxes. A wise risk taking person who is able to intimidate and use his hands as deadly weapons? Sounds like a parent to me.
*Feel free to use your best Keanu Reeves voice if reading this aloud…
Read the Wisdom of Bodhi at Dads Round Table, right HERE