Movie B-School: Go with your gut, go with James Van Der Beek

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Are y’all ready for some football? Here’s young James Van DB coming your way with the dearly departed Paul Walker (RIP), along with a little wisdom and a lot of mockery. After all, this movie is nothing if not a playground of sarcasm for those of us who don’t live for the game.*

Senior QB2, Johnny Mox would rather keep his nose in a book than get up in someone’s grill on the field, much to the dismay of perma-mean-faced coach, Jon Voight. Mr. Mox has some serious intuition, and susses out problems with that town and football program like no one else has. Not to give anything away…but some football is played, and Mox learns to trust his gut and go for broke. And that’s pretty much the whole movie (there may be an infamous whipped cream bikini somewhere in there, too). Learning to trust your “hunches” like Mox does is hard for most people – it requires listening to your gut and accepting the risk of failing fast and needing to recover. The fact of the matter is, though, your intuition is really just your past experiences and knowledge working together to hit on a solution. Today, we’ll take a look at how Mox used his to make good decisions and stand up for what’s right.

Movie B-School: Go with your gut, go with James Van Der Beek I North by Northwest Boise 1. “Makes me wonder if you know the difference between a sneeze and a wet fart.” – Coach Kilmer

I think Jonathan Moxon does know the difference, and not just because of his excellent instincts. He has relevant experience that can help him intuitively decide the difference. According to Queen Oprah’s guidebook (O Magazine), the best time to trust your gut instincts is when it’s regarding an area you’re well-versed in. O Mag calls it “unconscious reasoning”…our brains use prior, stored information to connect the dots even when we aren’t paying attention. If you’re intuition kicks in while solving a work problem, chances are you already knew the answer.

Movie B-School: Go with your gut, go with James Van Der Beek I North by Northwest Boise 2. Needle in the knee

Mox’s prior knowledge that floats his intuition is witnessing mean-face injecting some bad stuff into Paul Walker’s (RIP) knee following game injuries to make him super-human or something. When Kilmer tries to do the same to Wendall, Mox holds a final showdown with Coach and stands up to him. This is a case of prior knowledge mingling with inner morality, telling you what to do. Most everyone has come across a moment where your body tells you to stand up for what you believe in, and it’s important to observe. This, obviously, is an instance where you should listen and follow along. If not for your own moral stance, do it for Paul Walker (RIP).

Movie B-School: Go with your gut, go with James Van Der Beek I North by Northwest Boise 3. Cult of West Canaan, TX

In the final locker room scene, following decrepit Kilmer’s dishonorable departure, Mox takes the lead and gives a hearty pump-up speech. Instead of quitting, he follows his gut to get the team out there and win the game – not for their futures or their town, but to “play like Gods” for the next 24 minutes of their lives. It’s not quite morality, but knowing that you need to follow through with something (even if it’s terrifying) is another form of intuition that should almost always be listened to. And remember: Every time you listen to your gut, Billy Bob gets a touchdown.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 11.57.28 AM And finally as a very drunk Mrs. Moxon tells her son, “You can do it.” And you can, too. Yes, you can. Go Coyotes!

*That would be me. I do not live for the game.

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Stephanie Norell is the Marketing Director for North by Northwest’s Boise office. She loves horror movies and Pinterest, adores the classic film Xanadu, and “enjoys” disseminating her thoughts for trolls to discuss online.


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