The obvious question here might be, did I pick this movie just for its title? Well, the title didn't hurt, but the truth is this is a very good movie about the transformation of Ron Kovic (whose autobiography this is based on) from an idealistic and uber-patriotic young American soldier to an outspoken and virulent anti-war activist in the late '60's. Tom Cruise gives one of his best performances (truly) in Oliver Stone's film, as the teenager who volunteers for duty in Vietnam, is injured and comes home to find the country changed in its attitudes, which in turn shapes his own feelings about the war. This movie argues that anti-war protesters weren't anti-American in their message, but that protesting is in itself a form of patriotism in supporting the country you love and making sure it doesn't go down the wrong path. That's why it's a good choice for today, as we celebrate the 4th with all the parades, fireworks and barbecues that go along with the holiday. Happy Independence Day everybody!