Clueless in Orange County

You had me at....I found this sign recently at one of my favorite stores.  I was so smitten, I completely forgot what I came in the store for.   I promptly dropped it in my basket, smiling all the way to the cash register.

But not without a couple of pop quizzes.

Shoppers jabbed each other, pointing and laughing with a familiarity:

SHOPPER 1

That Meg Ryan movie….’Sleepless in Seattle’?

SHOPPER 2

Nah…..

SHOPPER 1

Yes!

SHOPPER 2

No – the other one.  Where she fakes the big O.

More strangers gazed at one another, stumped by those five little words.

STRANGER 1

Tom Hanks.  ‘BIG’!

STRANGER 2

I don’t think so…

A lone woman approached my cart, confiding to the customers  in the checkout line.  A guessing game kicked in.

LONE WOMAN

Tom Cruise. ‘Magnolia’.

CUSTOMER 1

No,  the writer…Cameron.

CUSTOMER 2

James Cameron?

CUSTOMER 1

The other Cameron.

LONE WOMAN

Crowe.  Cameron Crowe.

CUSTOMER 1

‘Almost Famous’!!!!

CUSTOMER 2

Yeah, that’s it!

Well, almost.  I felt like a Game Show Host, smiling back at them like a Cheshire cat.

As the Cashier rang up my purchase, she waved the sign to another cashier.

CASHIER 1

Is this from a song or a movie?

CASHIER 2

Who has time to watch movies?

CASHIER 1

Will that be all for you, Ma’am?

The Game Show Host kicked in again, refusing to divulge the answer.  Besides, I was slightly annoyed.

MOIS

Yes….But – “Ma’am” should be banned from the English language.

For those of you who have explored this website, you know I’m a huge Cameron Crowe fan.  And ‘You had me at hello’ is one of my favorite all time one liners.  From the film—

Drumroll….

JERRY MAGUIRE.

The actor?

TOM CRUISE.

The scene?

Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) professes his love to Dorothy (Rene Zellwegger)  at a woman’s support group.

As I drove home, I reveled in the impact of screenwriters.  Screenwriters are like bail bonds men.  There when you need them to bail you out.   In that moment, you may not know the film or actor offhand, but when you’re in hot water with the Mrs.,  the Landlord or the Boss,  you can remember a line – verbatim.

JESSEP

You can’t handle the truth!

CHARLIE

K-Mart sucks.

ANITA

Feck you.

 Thanks Ron, Aaron and Cameron.  You had me at hello.

 

JESSEP – Jack Nicholson.   A FEW GOOD MEN.   Writer:  Aaron Sorkin

CHARLIE- Tom Cruise.  RAINMAN.  Writer:  Ron Bass

ANITA  – Zoey Deschanel.  ALMOST FAMOUS.  Writer:  Cameron Crowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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