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Chasing The American Dream

December 20, 2004


I saw the movie “Closer” this weekend. Interestingly, I saw it with my Jewish convalescence friends once again. Yup, the same group from my ”Garden State” post. Same theater number, too. I *did* have a date this time though (future post). Yea me. Anyway, for those of you who’ve seen Closer, to say it was light and airy with characters you rooted for couldn’t be further from the truth. Nope, this movie was definitely not a romantic comedy-type movie a la Pretty Women or Sleepless in Seattle or more currently, Spanglish. But I’m pretty sure this is what the old folks expected to see. Instead, they got dark, dreary, depressing, and characters who probably deserved to get what they got. And my oh my, how this infuriated my theater friends.

While the credits rolled to the vocals of Damien Rice, my date and I were hearing two conversations, one to our immediate left and one to our immediate right. Both involved two elderly Jewish women. The conversation on the right was one of those where one person ‘got it,’ the other person didn’t, and the ‘got it’ person had to explain the whole movie to the ‘didn’t get it’ person. Now get this, we stayed until the credits finished and those two were still discussing the movie. We cracked up because the ‘didn’t get it’ lady had this dazed and confused look on her face. I have a hunch they’re still talking about the movie and ‘didn’t get it’ is still living up to her nickname.

Meanwhile, on the left, these two ladies definitely got it. Or did they? First of all, I’m not sure why the lady next to me was complaining? She fell asleep shortly after the previews and didn’t wake up until the movie was nearly half over. Nevertheless…snipets heard from the conversation… “disgusting, terrible movie, porno flick, biggest waste of $6.50, she’s such a beautiful girl (Portman) why did she take this role?, I guess kids understood it, I should have listened to my friend Avi, here’s $7 you owe me 50-cents.”

As I walked out, I happened to notice that “Kinsey” was also showing. Heck, gotta go see that movie, right? Can you imagine all the priceless commentary awaiting me???


  • $6.50?? You guys have it easy down there. No wonder it's always sunny, even in hurricane season.

    By Blogger Esther Kustanowitz, at 9:59 PM, December 20, 2004  

  • E, it should be noted that it was a 4:30 p.m. matinee showing. Still, I'm sure it's a bah-gin to you NYC folk.

    By Blogger Plantation, at 10:41 PM, December 20, 2004  

  • I hear Clive Owen and Portman steal the show. It makes sense, Owen actually was in the play and he had Jude Law's role--which means he probably understand the character better and understands how to play opposite. See the New Yorker for a much finer and more coherent review. Overall, I heard the film is not good, though. Kinsey, I'd like to see.

    By Blogger Bubbles, Ink., at 10:00 AM, December 21, 2004  

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