This is one of those, “I can’t BELIEVE you’ve never seen that!” movies. No one has ever made me watch it and I admit it – I never really knew what it was about. So this weekend, Mr. Dish finally made me watch it. I’m so glad he did! In honor of one of the movie’s themes, here’s a Top Five list from yours truly!
1. It’s full of lists. I love lists! I constantly have some kind of ongoing shopping or to-do list in my iPhone. I also enjoy writing list blog entries. Rob’s lists also made for great conversation and reflection. It was kind of fun running through our own “Top Five Most Epic Break-ups”… now that they’re over!
2. It’s about relationships from a guy’s perspective. Girls are always trying to get into guys’ heads. This movie didn’t just tell the story of a break-up, it dissected it down to the very emotional baggage that was picked up when Rob was a teenager! After all the times I’ve thought to myself, “UGH! What was he THINKING?” …watching this movie felt like a guilty pleasure.
3. Jack Black.
He did not disappoint as the plucky sidekick just waiting to throw out a zinger. Hilarious. Sure, he’s had some flops over the years. But 9 times out of 10, adding Jack Black to a movie only makes it better. (Honorable mentions go to Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lisa Bonet.)
4. I didn’t like Laura. I know, at first this was a bad thing. When the movie ended, I said to Mr. Dish, “But I don’t like her! I don’t want him to end up with her!”
Rob was made out to be a doormat, and I didn’t like it. After some discussion, though, I realized that it made the scenario more real. They both did some stupid things to break the relationship and in the end they were both willing to do the work to repair it. (Even though I still get the heebie jeebies when I think about her running off with Ian. EW!) If she was Little Miss Perfect, it would have been a no-brainer. But he wasn’t exactly Mr. Perfect either.
5. It’s a book. By Nick Hornby. It may very well be a Dish Read in the near future!