Insurance At The Box Office
We know first hand, insurance isn’t all that exciting. But with summer blockbuster season upon us, we thought it would be cool to check out some of Hollywood’s great movies that have an insurance hook. According to the Internet Movie Database, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content (imdb.com), there are over 1,500 TV episodes and movies that have insurance involved in some way, shape or form.
Here’s a few of our favourites!
John Q (2002)
Directed by Nick Cassavetes
What’s it about: A father, whose insurance won’t cover his son’s heart transplant, takes the hospital’s emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to perform the operation.
Why watch it: Who doesn’t want to see Denzel lose it on the hospital and its employees? The film tackles the unfairness of American healthcare system in an accessible, entertaining manner that will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever waited in a doctor’s office, emergency room or hospital bed.
The Rainmaker (1997)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
What’s it about: Newby Memphis, Tenn., lawyer Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) and his streetwise partner Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito) take on Great Benefit Insurance over a denied claim for a bone marrow transplant on a 22-year-old man dying of leukemia.
Why watch it: A David vs. Goliath story, The Rainmaker is a good one with a small-time lawyer going up against a giant insurance corporation and its army of attorneys.
The Incredibles (2004)
Directed by Brad Bird
What’s it about: A former crime-fighter, Bob, is now just another bored suburbanite, pacing in his boring cubicle at Insuricare where the closest he gets to acts of derring-do is finding loopholes in insurance policies. That all changes when Bob and his superhero family are called back into action to save the world.
Why watch it: It never takes itself “too” seriously, as so many of the live-action superhero movies do, and, because of it, The Incredibles is better than 99.9% of them. Besides that, it’s a movie the whole family can watch and it’s funny, exciting and visually brilliant.
The Truman Show (1998)
Directed by Peter Weir
What’s it about: A satirical comedy predating the advent of reality TV, the Truman Show stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, an insurance salesman/adjuster who discovers in his 30th year that his entire life is actually a television show.
Why watch it: A film that actually makes the audience think, and is about ideas. Jim Carey is brilliant as the confused insurance salesman who just wants the truth about his life. When everything seems like it doesn’t add up, it just keeps getting more complicated and giving the viewer one hell of a good movie.