Unlike some of my friends, I don't seek out mentally-challenging movies and TV shows. At least, not all the time. I've been teased about this, but sometimes I don't have the attention span nor the desire to wade through a complex plot. Where my friends want to be mentally stimulated, I just want to be entertained. With some of the stuff we see on TV these days, it can be hard to find a happy medium. Even so, it can be done. Here are some of the mentally-challenging movies my friends and I have come across that are both interesting and easy to digest. I've included a link to each show/movie's IMDb page for more information.
1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
This is one of my favorite mentally-challenging movies. Maybe it's because I liked “The Odyssey”, but it's interesting how an epic poem thousands of years old can be re-told (albeit loosely) in a 1930s Deep South setting and still be recognizable. Sure, Odysseus' son Telemachus turned into a group of little girls and his crew to a couple of bumbling convicts, but parallels can still be made. Even if you haven't read it though, you can still enjoy the story for its humor, odd characters and Grammy-winning music! No, that wasn't George Clooney singing.