The another night, boyfriend (herein known as “BF”) and I were watching a movie called “Drinking Buddies” (2013), which has been filmed like an indie film (which we love watching) AND has a great cast: Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Pitch Perfect, on BF’s “list”), Olivia Wilde (The O.C, House M.D, general hot chick), Jake M. Johnson (Tv: New Girl) and Ron Livingston (who I remember mostly for his role as Carrie’s shitty boyfriend “Berger” in Sex and the City. Spoiler: he is a shitty bf here too.)
Anyway, so near the end of the film there was a particular scene (which I won’t give away but will set-up, so may accidentally give too many spoilers, don’t read unless you’re happy with this) where Olivia’s character Kate and Jake’s character Luke have an argument.
Here’s the set-up: (skip this paragraph if you don’t want to be spoiled)
Best friends Kate and Luke work together and drink together, they have a beautiful, playful friendship. While Luke’s Girlfriend (yes, capital G, to ensure you don’t miss it) is away, he helps Kate move, the two sleep in the same bed after drinking all day (by this I mean Kate finds him sleeping and climbs into bed beside him and puts her arm over him). The next morning Luke has made her breakfast, and tells her that night they are going to go out to dinner, just the two of them, to celebrate her move. After an eventful day, Kate backs out on their plans, leading to the gigantic fight.
At the end of the scene BF announces “Bitch!” To which I turned stunned eyes on him and say “What? are you joking?” to which he repeated she was a bitch.
I then explained to him:
“No way! Don’t you see? She realised she was falling for him, and he has a girlfriend, so she pushed him away. She knew she was falling for him and can’t have him so blew him off to get her much needed distance, and to force him to decide whether he wants her or not.”
Which seemed like a perfectly reasonable explanation to me.
BF: “How did you get that from what happened?”
BF just thought she was being a bitch.
Now, I’m not sure if what I read into it was purely because I’m a woman, and every woman would understand these underlying factors of this scene, or if it was because I’m a writer-in-training and read into everything I read and watch for clues on how to be better, and what the writer was “really” trying to convey. Was I reading too much into it? Or am I just a woman?
An intriguing question I may never know the answer to. There was no purpose to this post but to share it with you, and perhaps someone who has seen this movie can help me it. It’s a pretty darn good movie actually. Very real. You can see people interacting the way they do. If you’re after a HEA escape this isn’t for you. If you like a good film, or one you can lose yourself in, one that’s quirky and sits outside the square, it may be just the ticket for you.
What weird-arse films have you watched lately? What have you watched with a person of the opposite sex lately that made you go “Yep, different species”?
Until next time, xx