“The Hunger Games” is a science fiction thriller based on the popular young adult novel set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future. A repressive 1984-style government compels 12 to 18-year olds to fight to the death in a retributive reality-televised game of combat. It’s “Survivor“ on steroids.
The first blogger was Edward Tan, JD who posted “3 Ways ‘The Hunger Games‘ Can Make You a Better Trial Lawyer.” Tan coughed up the following faux pearls of wisdom: (1) “Look Tough, Be Tough;” (2) “Make Friends, if Possible;” and (3) “Wait for the Right Time Before Striking.”
But not to be outdone in imagining lame-life-lessons from the film, two weeks before Tan blogged the same fishing hole, there was “Surviving the Arena: Three Lessons From The Hunger Games” by criminal defense lawyer Josh Camson. His jejune jewels were: (1) “Sell Yourself;” (2) “There Can Be Honor Amongst Competitors;” and “We All Need a Little Help Sometimes.”
I saw the movie last weekend and read the trilogy by Suzanne Collins last year. Terrific stuff. Highly recommended. But it’s an idea-starved blogger who thinks “lawyers can actually learn some choice practice lessons from the film.” And besides, unlike “Lincoln Lawyer” and “Win Win,” there wasn’t a lawyer mouthpiece in the movie.
So when oh when can we expect the lawyer lessons gleaned from Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill? Or better yet – – – where’s the take-away on lawyers and vampires inspired by The Twilight Saga (film series)? On second thought, let’s not do that one since it brings too readily to mind the tired lawyer punch line: “a vampire only sucks blood at night.”
But unfortunately, like the regurgitated offerings peddled by the self-help business and marketing trolls, blinding glimpses of obviousness are never new or clever. They’re as enlightening as the ‘helpful’ golfing companion who leaned over to me on the tee box and said, “What you want to do here, is avoid the water” as I teed up to hit across the large water hazard directly in front. “Well, duh – – – thanks.”
I think a better life lesson’s going to be found from the reissued Titanic 3D. In “Final Word: Titanic’s lesson? Never skip dessert,” always witty “USA Today” columnist Craig Wilson remembers how American humorist Erma Bombeck got it right when she said, “Seize the moment. Remember all those women who waved off the dessert cart on the Titanic.”
Rule of Three.
Maybe thinking in ‘Threes’ just resonates with some people – – – like the famous law firm, “Dewey, Cheatem & Howe”? Or else it helps us remember what some wag famously said, “There are actually only three lawyer jokes in existence. The rest are true stories.”
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