by Marcia Talley
I spent all day yesterday being outraged. My husband is a news junkie, so the TV was on -- impossible to avoid in this tiny cottage. Nuff said?
When I’m in one of those moods, I feel the urge to pop some corn and settle down in front of the TV for a good, old-fashioned “feel good” movie fest. I wrote about this several years ago -- when I was in a similar depressed state -- but my taste in movies hasn't changed.
So many priceless moments in that film – like when “Susan” resorts to flash cards to tell her anal-retentive husband Nathan (Rick Moranis) that she’s leaving him. Or this scene where Helen, played by Dianne Weist, is leafing through sexy photographs taken by her daughter, Julie (Martha Plimpton) with her boyfriend (Keanu Reeves).
Helen: I, I think this one is my favorite... it's just so...
Julie: It was just for fun, mom.
Helen: Well, I'm glad to hear it's not a job! It's that Tod, isn't it? I think I can see his face in some of these pictures.
Julie: Is that what's bothering you, Mom? That I did these things, or that I did them with Tod?
Helen: Gee whiz, Julie, there is so much about this that bothers me, I don't even know how to separate them. Oh! Whoo! Here's one for my wallet!
Another favorite worth multiple viewings is Overboard, a screwball comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Kirk Russell. Joanna is an heiress who screws over Dean, the carpenter she hired to build a closet on her luxury yacht. When she falls overboard and gets amnesia, Dean, seeking a little revenge, claims her as his wife, and the mother of his four obnoxious sons. My favorite lines? "I prepared and handled raw food?”Joanna complains, holding a whole chicken over a pot. Later, she tries on the clothes Dean hastily bought her at Goodwill and wails, “I was a short, fat slut.”
Or, how about the wacky Monty Python and the Holy Grail? King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the holy grail. Hard to choose from among the “bring out your dead” or the “it’s only a flesh wound!” scenes, but if I had to pick one, it would be the witch trial where Sir Bedevere is quizzing the crowd; after a long exchange with the rabble, he concludes, “So, logically... if she weighed the same as a duck... she's made of wood. And therefore... A witch!” For a laugh, check out this intense, modernized trailer made by Stephane Bouley which went viral this fall:
The final film in my feel good comfort fest was Ruthless People, where Danny Devito’s plan to kidnap his wife (Bette Midler) goes terribly awry in an hysterical, modern-day version of O. Henry’s “Ransom of Red Chief.” “Do I understand this correctly?” Barbara complains, “I'm being marked down?” She begins to sob. “I've been kidnapped by K-Mart!”
So what’s your favorite “feel good" flick -- and can you quote any favorite lines from it?