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Just rewatched parts of CHANGING LANES, and the centrality of Alcoholics Anonymous reminded me of YOU KILL ME. Wonder what other movies have made more than passing reference to the Anonymous movement?

FIGHT CLUB, as well as lots of other group therapies.

Passing reference in FINDING NEMO, I suppose. But there'll be zillions of passing reference movies. I wonder about others where they're more central?

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: Passing reference in FINDING NEMO, I suppose.

To quote a bit from a post of mine in the 'anthropomorphic munchies redux' thread:

Saw
Finding Nemo
yesterday; thought the scene with the 12-step group for sharks trying to overcome their addiction to fish was hilarious. It reminded me of an old 1957 Looney Tune called 'Birds Anonymous' (which I just re-watched), in which Sylvester tries to overcome his desire to eat Tweety; at one point, he falls to the floor, sobbing, "I'm weak! But I don't care! I can't help it! After all, I AM a pussycat!"

I'm not entirely sure what I make of the idea that cats, which are more or less designed to chase after birds and such, and sharks, which HAVE to eat fish in order to survive, can be used as stand-ins for people who have bad habits that are NOT a part of our created design. But that, of course, is where the humour comes from, partly -- from seeing animals behave as though they had the will over their actions that we have.

Still, I feel a bit sorry for cats when 'Birds Anonymous' ends with Tweety saying to the camera, "Like I said, once a bad puddy tat, ALWAYS a bad puddy tat." Puddy tats aren't bad, they just follow their nature. Like the seagull in Finding Nemo says to the one fish, with a wink, "Sorry if I ever snapped at you -- fish gotta swim, birds gotta eat."

Birds Anonymous won an Oscar, BTW, for Best Short Subject, Cartoons.

Turning to other films... James Woods played Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA, in the 1989 TV-movie My Name Is Bill W..

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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

Pink Pajamas (1964)... a Pink Panther short.

Night has fallen, and the Pink Panther is looking for a place to sleep. A flop house denies him access, but he fortunately finds a key on the ground that gives him entry to a man's home, in which the Pink Panther helps himself to the man's shaving equipment, electric toothbrush, and bed. The man, a drunk, arrives home after one of his binges and, casting eyes on the pink feline in his bed, thinks he's having an alcoholic hallucination. He calls Alcoholics Anonymous to send someone to help him quit drinking. A man from A.A. throws all of the drunk's booze bottles into a garbage can, and they sit down to share a carton of milk. Then, both men see the Pink Panther walk past them! Befuddled, the two men rush to find the Department of Sanitation truck carrying the bottles of booze. After what they've seen, a drinking spree is in order!
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Whoa, for a second, when this turned up in my reader, I thought this was a thread on movies about a certain kind of volcanic rock.

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There's a Ken Loach film, MY NAME IS JOE, with a scene or two in an AA meeting, if I recall rightly.

Certainly the film title refers AA meetings, anyway...

And um BLADES OF GLORY has a meeting for sex addicts.

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Both 28 Days (the Sandra Bullock vehicle) and _Clean and Sober_ deal with getting off alcohol... don't know how close they are to actual AA meetings, since I didn't see either film.

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