Adult Friends Go to the Movies

By Rebecca Felden, 2019 St. Ann Center Marketing/Communications intern

A group from St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care took a morning field trip to the movies recently, thanks to a kind sponsor who made possible transportation, admission and even popcorn!

The clients, who came from both campuses, split up once the group got to Marcus Southgate Cinema. Nicole, Tenesha and Diane saw Dora and the Lost City of Gold, a live-action version of the Dora the Explorer cartoon series.

“I had lots of fun,” Nicole said, describing the movie as “good, but scary in parts.” She also enjoyed the popcorn, the time with her friends and wearing her seat belt on the bus.

Joyce, Eddie and Mr. Web saw Brian Banks, based on a true story of a talented high school athlete wrongfully convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit, who lost his college football scholarship offers and spent years in prison. The movie portrays Banks’ determination to keep fighting for justice with the help of Justin Brooks and the California Innocence Project, hoping to get his life back and to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.

The three agreed the movie was especially interesting because of its factual base, and thought it made points worth remembering, like needing to be patient because good things can take time, and that hard work and determination will eventually pay off in the end. As one character noted, “All you can control in your life is how you respond to life.”

Mr. Web, Joyce, and Eddie all said they love being able to get out of their house or group home to go different places, and that a theater trip feels more special than watching a movie at home. Mr. Web and Joyce usually go to the movies with their families; Eddie sometimes goes with others in his group home. Mr. Web is partial to Westerns; Joyce loves horror movies and Eddie likes action and comedies.

The last movie Joyce went to see was Super Fly, a 2018 thriller/crime movie; Eddie mentioned the last flick he caught in the theater was a Marvel superhero movie. Mr. Web, though, couldn’t remember the last time he’d been to a movie theater, so he was especially excited to go with his St. Ann Center friends.

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