Monday, January 31, 2011


Alright. Found one that I hope and think many of you will have seen and liked. It's full of great characters. Not too deep but not too shallow. Actually well reviewed and even some prestigious nominations in its day.

Here's the first clue. Had to pick this one to start because it has a U2 reference in it and I know that will torture a few of you haters:

H: The thing is, C_____, l’ve spoken to lots of people about you. Everybody agrees you’re in real trouble, C_____.
C: Am l?
H: You see, you’re turning into a kind of serial monogamist. One girlfriend after another, yet you never really let anyone near you. On the contrary... You’re affectionate to them and sweet to them. Even to me, although you thought I was an idiot.
C: I did not.
H: You did. I thought U2 was a type of submarine.
C: In a way, you were right. Their music has a naval quality.
H: Be serious, C_____. Give people a chance. You don’t have to think ‘I must get married’, but you mustn’t start relationships thinking ‘I mustn’t get married’.

Wednesday clues:

Oh, I don't know, C_______. Unlike you, I never expected "the thunderbolt." I always just hoped that, that I'd meet some nice friendly girl, like the look of her, hope the look of me didn't make her physically sick, then pop the question and, um, settle down and be happy. It worked for my parents. Well, apart from the divorce and all that.

Second clue (not related closely to the one above):

Person 1: Where's G_____?
Person 2: Torturing Americans.
Person 1: How thoughtful of him.

Thursday hints....
No one has even sent in a guess, so I better help a little! I won't give more quotes today but will say the following:

It's a comedy, but one of those really good ones that have serious moments that make the rest all the sweeter.

It's cast in not primarily made up of American actors.

I'm almost certain that this movie marked the introduction of a really funny British actor to the U.S. public. I know if did for me, and led me to be surprised that he had been pretty famous over there for a decent amount of time before this film.

It was released in the mid-90s.

Friday Giveaways (I hope):

Priest (during a ceremony): In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spigot. Spirit!

(And in a later part of the same ceremony): In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Goat. Eh... 'ghost'.

Second giveaway clue (from almost the very end of the movie--actually maybe the very end except for a funny "what happens to these characters next" collage before the closing credits):

Person 1: Let me ask you one thing. Do you think - after we've dried off, after we've spent lots more time together - you might agree "not" to marry me? And do you think not being married to me might maybe be something you could consider doing for the rest of your life?
Person 2: I do.

If you've seen this movie, these quotes should do it. If you haven't seen this movie, your life will be impoverished until you do!

Wright me with your guesses!

Holy heck, people! Wow! More of you HAVE to have seen this movie. Wild.

For a final clue, look at my playlist. A large proportion of it was selected for the theme and even main words in the movie title....

Okay, and now for a FINAL final clue: The character who says the Holy Spigot and Holy Goat lines is the actor who plays Mr. Bean. I am pretty sure very few in America knew him until this flick--a film that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year. Surely more of you know this movie....


Dan W said...

I didn't hate most of Alex's list last week, but it doesn't mean I wanted to keep it around any longer than it had been up. Here's a list with something (to both love and hate)for everyone. A lot of my favorites from 80s and earlier, some based on memories I'd been mulling in the past week in preparation for an interview I'm doing about my life story. Others just there to provide the chance for a few of you to puke or become enlightened about awesome music--your choice (as the "Let's Get Together" song lyric goes, "You hold the key to love and fear, all in your trembling hand.").

Emily said...

Dan- what have I done to you (lately)?

Dan W said...

Ha ha! Nothing LATELY! Look at those final couple of song choices as me giving you more chances for growth. It's a compliment that I see you as redeemable!

Emily said...

I didn't even cruise the playlist to tell you the truth- all I know is: I turned the blog on, heard U2, then read a reference to U2 at the same time.

Dan W said...

Love the cosmic forces behind the random play order feature that served you up some U2 right off the bat! There Is a music god, and she (that woman who moves in a mysterious way) wants you to love Bono and the boys...

I testify to these things in the name of . . .

Emily said...

Yes Dan, there is a music god and he goes by the name "Thom" and I have never heard him speak of Bono.

Cat said...

Emily, look at your phone. There's a message on it! (ghost voice)

Dan W said...

Good one, Em!

Emily said...


Haley said...

I second the crickets...

Pops Wright said...

test one