Charles-Grodin

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Favorite Films: Heart and Souls (1993)

Who came up with this ridiculous concept anyway? Resolve your entire life in one bold stroke? What if I fail? And I will. I’ll fail. I’m telling you. I always fail. Then my whole life will be a complete failure.

No offense, Harrison. But you died a failure because you never tried.

Really loved this exchange on "Louie" last night.
  • Dr. Bigelow: So you took a chance on being happy even though you knew that later on you would be sad?
  • Louie: Yeah.
  • Bigelow: And now you're sad?
  • Louie: *nods* yeah.
  • Bigelow: So what's the problem?
  • Louie: I'm too sad. [pause] Look, I liked the feeling of being in love with her, I liked it. But now she's gone and I miss her and it sucks, and I didn't think it was gonna be this bad, and I feel like why even be happy if it's just gonna lead to this? It wasn't worth it.
  • Bigelow: Misery is wasted on the miserable.
  • Louie: What?
  • Bigelow: You know, I'm not entirely sure what your name is, but you are a classic idiot. You think spending time with her, kissing her, having fun with her, you think that's what it was all about? That was love?
  • Louie: Yeah!
  • Bigelow: This is love. Missing her because she's gone, wanting to die; you're so lucky, you're like a walking poem. Would you rather be some kind of a fantasy, some kind of a Disney ride? Is that what you want? Don't you see this is the good part, this is what you've been digging for all this time. Now you finally have it in your hands, and this sweet nugget of love - sweet, sad, love - and you wanna throw it away. You've got it all wrong.
  • Louie: I thought this was the bad part?
  • Bigelow: No!! The bad part is when you forget her, when you don't care about her, when you don't care about anything. The bad part is coming so enjoy the heartbreak while you can, for god sakes.
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The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972) 4.5/5

Wow, this film is much darker than I initially thought it was. When I watched this a couple of years ago, I feel like I understood the larger message of it but I don’t think I was able to fully grasp just how troubled and tragic a character Lenny was. It’s more than just disillusionment or dissatisfaction, there’s something inherently disturbing about Lenny’s actions that I believe borders on sociopathic behavior. It was a bit of a shock for me to realize that about his character. Definitely did not pick up on that the first time especially since the film is very good at masking it.

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A ridiculous clip from Clifford.

(via the great T.R.)