Friday, July 29, 2005

'Must Love Dogs' ...

Yes, yes, it's a romantic comedy, and therefore, by definition, it's completely predictable. (Work Pal David, bored on a plane one day, created the romantic-comedy flowchart. I'm sure this movie would fit the structure he created.)

But John Cusack is cute. (He eerily reminds me of a guy I used to work with, just a taller, younger version.) And I like Diane Lane. And I like dogs. And I'm working on a screenplay, so an afternoon at the movies isn't slacking, it's research.

There is one outstanding line in the movie, which I'm going to share, so if you're dying to see the film (!), consider this a spoiler alert. Stop reading now. I mean it. Stop reading. Why are you still reading this? Really, stop it.

OK, don't say I didn't warn you: So John Cusack's character, Jake (ah, it's a good manly name, Jake) watches "Doctor Zhivago" repeatedly. This is to alert the audience, of course, that he's a man of substance and character, because if he were like the other men in the movie, all the losers Diane Lane -- Sarah (ah, it's a good girly name, Sarah) -- has to endure, he'd be watching "Die Hard" or "Porky's" or porn, but who are we kidding, not in that order. One day, as he's watching with his less-than-enlightened friend (a necessary character in any romantic comedy, as the male lead has to have someone to commiserate with about how hard it is to find a good woman, just as the female lead needs several women to commiserate with about how hard it is to find a good man), Unenlightened Friend says, "They need to remake this with a happier ending and some nudity."

WOW. That's a good screenwriting moment.

As for the rest of the movie, yes, you've seen most of the good parts in the trailer. You can wait for the rental, I'm sure. (Oh, and for Doreen: There's a David Cassidy moment. He's not in the movie -- thank GOD -- but I laughed when his name came up and thought of you.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Beth ... his name is JOHN Anderson (not Jake) in the book. One other interesting thing about this movie is that it's a who's who of Evanston, IL, and Northwestern University ... NU actors galore!

10:58 PM  

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