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There are all sorts of movies and TV shows about people who are awful with money. They live beyond their means, cheat people out of their hard-earned cash, and, yeah, usually come crashing down at some point. And yet, they seem to get all the glory when it comes to name recognition.
But what about those humble characters who are super responsible with their finances? You know, the ones who work quietly in the background, save their money, never spend beyond their means, and use personal loans responsibly. Yes, they’re out there! Let’s take a look at a few of them.
1. Carl Fox (Martin Sheen), “Wall Street”–We all know the catch-line from this 1987 movie: “Greed is good.” Gordon Gekko says that in his address to the Teldar Paper stockholders. It’s a line that Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) bought into and, well, if you’ve seen the movie, you know things didn’t turn out well for Bud. The REAL hero of this story is Bud’s dad, Carl (Martin Sheen). a hardworking union leader for Bluestar Airlines’ maintenance workers. We might remember “greed is good,” but in reality, Carl had the best quote of the movie when he told Bud, “Stop going for the easy buck and start producing something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others.” Well said, Carl.
2. Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), “Gilmore Girls”–Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) came from a wealthy family, but I wouldn’t say she was all that great with money. In fact, when she and Sookie bought and renovated “The Dragonfly Inn,” Lorelai got in a little over her head and had to borrow money from Luke, who just happened to have $30,000 lying around to loan her. He must have been really frugal because I’m guessing it would take a long time to save up that much from running the diner.
3. Jane Villenuevo (Gina Rodriguez), “Jane the Virgin”–This show on The CW network centers on 23-year-old Jane, a woman whose life is going along swimmingly. Until, that is, she’s accidentally inseminated and finds herself pregnant with her boss Rafael’s baby! But the best part of this story is that Jane is a responsible woman who’s genuinely not interested in Rafael’s cash. She’s determined to be financially independent from him, even if they raise their child together. You go, girl!
4. Felix Unger (Tony Randall), “The Odd Couple”–They didn’t call it “The Odd Couple” for nothing. In this TV series based on Neil Simon’s play (also a movie), Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) was a slovenly sportswriter who spent money carelessly, gambled excessively and was a diehard slob. Felix, on the other hand, was the complete opposite – a neurotic, hypochondriac neat freak. But he was also fiscally responsible and very good with his money – even when Oscar begged him for a loan.
5. Anya Jenkins (Emma Caulfield), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” – Along with being delightfully blunt, Anya was a great little capitalist. Like this exchange where she and Willow are discussing “the extraordinarily precious ideology that’s helped to shape and define” the good ol’ U.S. of A. “Democracy?” Willow asks. “Capitalism,” says Anya. “The free market depends on the profitable exchange of goods for currency. It’s a system of symbiotic beauty apparently lost on these old people. [Looks at the customers] Look at ’em. Perusing the shelves. Undressing the merchandise with their eyeballs … all ogle, no cash. It’s not just annoying, it’s … un-American.”
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