Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 7:44 pm

Cheap film criticism

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:44 pm

Went to a sneak preview of “Love Actually” last night. It was OK — kind of an English version of Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts,” only with probably twice the budget and laughs but half the inspiration. But I really enjoyed this exchange between a mother, played by Emma Thompson, and her grade-school-age daughter, which I recite here from memory (so if this isn’t actually a verbatim transcript, get off my back):

DAUGHTER:
I was given a part in the Nativity play!

MOM:
That’s wonderful! Which part?

DAUGHTER: The lobster.

MOM: I beg your pardon?

DAUGHTER: First Lobster.

MOM:
Do you mean to tell me that there was more than one lobster present at the birth of Christ?

DAUGHTER: Duh!

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Among the most annoying tendencies of local movie theaters (and local supermarkets, for that matter) has been to replace traditional SweetTarts, my favorite vice, with these horrid Gummi SweetTarts.

Ick. No. A gumdrop that tastes like a SweetTart is still a gumdrop, and with apologies to the New Yorker, I say it’s spinach and I say the hell with it.

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