For years I’ve been promoting the idea that personal finance tips can be found in all kinds of places:
Opera (“8 personal finance lessons from ‘Gotterdammerung’”)
Monster romps (“6 financial lessons from ‘Godzilla’”)
Westerns (“10 financial lessons from ‘True Grit’”)
Superhero flicks (“10 money lessons from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’”)
And even sled-dog races (“10 personal finance lessons from the Iditarod”).
See? You just have to know where to look.
My latest example is the Meryl Streep/Hugh Grant film “Florence Foster Jenkins.” The chameleonic Streep is by turns jaw-droppingly self-absorbed and touchingly vulnerable, and Hugh Grant is her complex, conflicted companion.
The real-life Jenkins, a New York socialite, was a patron of the arts. Also sometimes their torturer: She had the idea that she could sing. But she couldn’t. She really, really couldn’t.
Not to give away too much of the plot, Jenkins suffered from a physical malady that may have affected her ability truly to hear her own voice. Or maybe she was just gloriously deluded. Either way, she played to sold-out houses.