Indie Film Review: Lemonade (2009)



“It’s not a pink slip. It’s a blank page.”

- Lemonade

Recently, I just finished watching this film submitted to me by indie filmmaker and director Erik Proulx.

I took an interest in his film, “Lemonade”, when the trailer was submitted here. From the trailer alone, it definitely caught my eye – I knew it would be a movie with an important message. I was definitely right.

This movie came out in a time of dispair and uncertainty – the financial crisis of the late 2000s. Sure, we had it good for quite awhile in the early 2000s with the rise in our economy. But as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” And, an end it did – a very turbulent and traumatic one.

With the financial crisis of the late 2000s, many people soon found themselves without a job. Many of these folks had been working in their industries and respective positions for many years. Some had even dedicated a good portion of their lives. When the financial crisis of the late 2000s hit, many folks were laid off finding themselves leaving the life they once had and beginning a new one.

So what happens next? This movie shows how people can change and adapt from a bad situation to make a good one for themselves. Going out to find a new job doing the same thing was not the solution as they could land in the same position years from now. No, what was needed was to find purpose by using their talents to help the world and at the same time help themselves in the process.

This movie is a wake up call – we all have talents we can share with the world, we can all make a difference. Though, it is finding these talents and being able to use them that is the trick. We must look inside ourselves and find our purpose. Working day in and day out without a purpose in life is a waste.

Though it can be very disturbing to receive a “pink slip,” it is a sign that can help us change our lives. What we choose to do will determine our future. We can go on to live the same life doing the same thing everyday without a sense of purpose. Or, we can find our purpose and live everyday as if it were a new one. The choice is ours to make.

(Note: For those who are interested in this topic, you may also want to check out this film which is very similar in nature).

At its core, this movie is about pursuing the things that you enjoy. Sometimes, we forget those things we once liked doing. It may take an event such as a job loss and/or crisis to remind us and take us back to these things. But as the film says, “You don’t have to quit your job to do what you love. You can incorporate more of what you love in your everyday and it makes the biggest difference.”

We all have something to share with the world, we all have something to give. By pursuing our interests and using our talents, we will once again find purpose in life and yes – we will make a difference.

But first, we must realize we can do these things. We can start over with a clean slate. And, that’s OK.

This is a film everyone can relate to no matter what stage in life you’re in. There are so many things we all want to do but often find ourselves with little time to do them. Now is the time to do these things and awaken ourselves from our slumber to once again find purpose. Life is short, don’t let it pass you by.

Overall, this movie has a very important message to say. I recommend seeing this movie – it is a reminder of what we once were and what we can continue to be.

Film Gurl’s 15 Minute Rule: PASS

Happy movie watching!

(Note: For those who are interested, feel free to check out the Lemonade website for more information about the movie. Also, I had the opportunity to watch “Lemonade Detroit” which you may want to check out as well. Thanks for reading!)

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