I have blogged before about always being a bit surprised about the old movies that our girls
are indifferent to
or downright despise.
My husband had plans with a buddy a few Friday nights ago so I planned a little
"girls night in" for us.
I went to the library and checked out "You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
The girls really only know Tom Hanks as the voice of Woody from "Toy Story"
or one of the guys from "Apollo 13".
I am not sure why I am putting quotation marks
around all the movie titles.
Isn't that just for book titles?
I thought this movie choice would be a nice fluffy romantic comedy that we could all enjoy.
The questions started immediately with the first email sent in the movie.
"What's that terrible noise?"
(the sound of the dial up modem)
"What is AOL?"
"Who is saying, 'You've got mail'?"
"Why are their laptops always plugged in?"
"Why are the graphics so terrible?"
"What is a chat room?"
"Seriously, you had to listen to that terrible sound
EVERY TIME you checked your email?"
It became an educational walk down 1998's technological memory lane.
And then I just
The girls got all kinds of caught up in the plot line of the big bookstore, Fox Books, putting out of business the little bookstore, The Shop Around the Corner.
So much so that when the characters realized that the people they had been emailing all along were actually each other,
and they hugged and kissed and the big THE END sign appeared in the blue sky above their embrace,
the girls were mad.
McDaniel actually said,
"Worst ending of a movie, EVER!"
Obviously, she hasn't seen "Thelma and Louise".
Because c'mon, when Tom Hanks says that if he hadn't been Fox Books
he would've asked for Meg Ryan's number so they could go get coffee or dinner
and a movie…for as long as we both shall live…?
Well, that is just the stuff of fairy tales.
McDaniel explained that the Fox Books guy should've offered to BUY Meg Ryan's bookstore back for her since he was responsible for putting her out of business in the first place.
Ellie completely agreed and wondered what in the world Meg Ryan was going to do with her time,
"JUST be his wife?!"
There may or may not have been z-snapping
and attitude-filled head swinging.
How is it that a simple romantic comedy can expose my complete and utter failure as a parent to these girls of mine?
I have work to do, people. Serious work.
What am I doing watching movies?