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Sunday, July 7, 2019

For Movie Buffs Only

(For my daughter only: Be sure to store a copy of this blog post in a file called something like "Things to remember to ensure my place in the will.")

Which line of movie dialogue have you and your partner used as a repetitive riff over the course of your relationship?

About seven years ago, after seeing Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson's quirky 2012 release - I was convinced I'd discovered a line that could take the place of "Hey, Boo" from To Kill A Mockingbird for my wife and me. Since we'd used that phrase for more than thirty four years at that point, I figured it was time for a change. So far, so good.

Well, I've tried out the new line from Moonrise Kingdom - "I love you but you don't know what the hell you are talking about" - a few dozen times over the past seven years. It hasn't stuck. Bear in mind - That new line wasn't supposed to be aimed in just one direction. Since my wife and I had said  "Hey Boo" to each other for over three decades, my vision was that we would simply replace the old line with the new line, giving new life to an old tradition. And, there is solid experiential support for my contention that the line from Moonrise Kingdom fits us, even with its slightly caustic edge.

Now that I've officially abandoned my seven year quest - and reverting back to "Hey Boo" feels too much like a nostalgic copout - I'm on the lookout for a new movie line. Any suggestions? I'm looking for something fresh so please don't go all Cool Hand Luke on me.  

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I guess I'm a little slow on the uptake. Sorry, Boo!