Longtime readers of mine might recall my argument that Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan was the most conservative movie of the 1990s. Then again, they might not. And at least some of you are newcomers, so I’ll recap.
A Simple Plan tells the story of three men in Middle America who find a bag of cash in the woods. One of the men, played by Bill Paxton, is a decent man with a pregnant wife and strong work ethic. He suggests turning the money in to the police. One of the other men, the town drunk, says they should keep the money: “It’s the American dream!” he yells.
Paxton replies, “You don’t find the American dream, you work for it.”