I got to do something on Friday that just doesn't happen quite as often as it used to. I got to head out to a movie with a girlfriend.
We saw the much awaited He's Just Not That Into You with every actress in Hollywood starring in it. Seriously...
And if you haven't seen this movie and you actually care about not having me spoil the ending for you - stop reading now because spoilers are about to happen.
Now, I'm not going to say that I didn't like the movie because I did. It's one of those movies that I enjoyed enough that if I'm flipping through channels on a Saturday afternoon ten years from now and I see it on TNT I'll stop and watch it.
But I had a big problem with this movie. The Jennifer Anniston/Ben Affleck couple. Neil and Beth. Neil and Beth have been together for 7 years but they have never walked down the aisle. Beth wants to get married and Neil thinks things are great as they are. Beth pushes for more, gives up, they break up. Beth's little sister gets engaged, many jokes are made at poor Beth's expense since she is not married yet. Beth's father has a heart attack. Beth observes her many brothers-in-law acting like typical male pigs while she takes care of her father and tries to keep the house running smoothly. Neil shows up when she's at her wit's end and does laundry and grocery shopping and washes dishes and she all of a sudden decides he's wonderful and has been more of a husband to her than any of those jerks have been to her sisters.
And I was all teary eyed and happy about it.
See, I know I haven't really advertised it in the past, but The Man and I are not legally married. I have, however, been married in the past and learned that standing in front of someone who pronounces you husband and wife does not a commitment make. The Man and I are as committed as two people can be to one another and I almost thought that this movie was going to illustrate that.
Except it didn't. Hollywood just couldn't resist having a wedding scene, could it? Nope...
Of course Neil hides a ring in some crummy khaki pants for Beth to find and then we fast forward to our wedding scene. Of course! Because you can't really live happily ever after unless you have a diamond on your hand.
And and audible "Eee!" was heard from all the 20 something girls in the audience with us at the opening night showing of this movie. Yeah... I hope they watch it in 10 years on TNT when life has actually happened to them.
Are there any movies that illustrate a real love story? One that shows a real couple who are already committed and past that starry eyed stage where rainbows literally shoot out of their asses? A story that shows them pushing through the hard phases, going through hell, and coming out the other side stronger and more committed to each other. Why do all the stories start with boy meets girl and end with a wedding scene? Shouldn't the wedding scene be the beginning of the movie? If you know of any of these movies, let me know... because I want to watch that movie.