Brewster's Millions

Money and Its Effect on People, Societies, and the World
Phil McNear
May 20, 2012
Patrick Knott

Money and Its Effect on People, Societies, and the World
Introduction A couple was talking about their finances one night. The husband was getting madder as the talk went further. Finally, he exploded by saying, “If it were not for my money, this house would not be here!” The wife calmly replied, “My dear, if it were not for your money, I would not be here.” Money affects almost everything in the world today and has played a major role in plots in movies throughout the history of Hollywood.
The Plot “Brewster’s Millions” is a movie based on a novel by Richard Greaves in 1902 and remade several times. The 1985 movie version saw Montgomery Brewster, played by Richard Pryor, as a long time minor league baseball pitcher. His best friend and catcher Spike Nolan, played by John Candy, got into a bar fight after a game one night and was thrown into jail. The following day, their manager informed them their team, the Hackensack Bulls, was releasing them (Hill, 1985).
By sheer luck, Brewster was spared having to stay in jail because a rich uncle, who had passed away, had a proposition for him in a video will. All Brewster had to do was spend $30 million dollars in 30 days, and he would receive all of his rich uncle’s estate - $300 million. However, there were some stipulations to this challenge. Brewster could not tell anyone what he was doing or risk losing it all. In addition, he could have no assets, whether liquid or fixed.   All he could have was the clothes that that he came into the office with (Hill, 1985).
Money as a Means
Money, throughout the movie, was used as a basis for social interaction. In fact, other than his best friend Spike Nolan and the Hackensack Bulls, all of the people Brewster met during the movie was a direct result of the money. It is interesting to note, however, when Brewster had to return to the law office with nothing to get...