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Mark Goes to the Movies: Into the Wild

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Mark Goes to the Movies: Into the Wild

Into the Wild (2007)
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener
Runtime: 2 hours, 28 minutes
Themes: Freedom, Society, Parents, Death
Awards: 2 Oscar Nominations, 1 Golden Globe
Links: IMDb Entry, Rotten Tomatoes

(Please Note: This analysis assumes the reader has already seen the movie and is familiar with the plot. No synopsis is provided. For the best reading experience, it's recommended to have seen the film recently.)
Into the Wild hits home for me in a number of ways. Chris and I had a similar early life. I too was raised by wealthy and successful parents who were completely dysfunctional, materialistic, and obsessed with appearances. Like Chris’s, my parents seemed to only know how to show affection through money and materialism, and although seemingly not as abusive as Chris’s parents, mine often put my brother and I in the center of their problems.

Being a rich kid in an emotionally dysfunctional family is a weird place to come from. On the one hand, you have everything provided for you without any qualms or concern. On the other hand, your life still sucks and you feel like you're never allowed to complain about it. As a result, disgruntled …

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