Sunday, March 18, 2012

What if a romance was defined by the movies?

Along with my mashups, I've been noticing there is often a continuity to an actor's career - I described Tom Cruise's career as a single man's lifetime:
Brian Flanagan (Cocktail) gets his life together and goes to law school.  He graduates and joins The Firm (Mitch McDeere).  However, since that doesn't work out, he joins the navy, becomes a pilot (Maverick, Top Gun) but realizes his legal career might be put to better use and he defends some murderers (Lt. Daniel Kaffee, A Few Good Men).  After he's released from military service, the intelligence community decides he's worth the investment since he's already a lawyer (Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible series, Roy Miller Knight and Day).  Once that's over, he decides politics might be the way to go and he becomes a Senator (Jasper Irving, Lions for Lambs).  Of course, you can't be a politician forever, and he goes becomes a music mogul (uncredited, Tropic Thunder).  

However, you can also define the stages of a relationship with titles from movies.  

When Harry Met Sally - This really works best if your name actually IS Harry or Sally, but the basic message is the same.  There's a point in every relationship when you first meet.  You'll hopefully start out as friends, but if there's anything Harry and Sally taught us, it's that man and women can't remain friends.  Which is a big part of how most relationships move along.

Lust, Caution - Hopefully, if the relationship progresses, you'll reach the stage of actually wanting to sleep together.  However, this can also be the stage in any relationship when the wheels come of the bus, so exercising caution about whether to indulge your lust might be a good idea.

Friends and Lovers - If all goes well, you'll reach the stage of being both friends and lovers.  Marriage is often a  big part of this stage.  Most people hope to marry both a friend and a lover.  But you'll have some time to practice being both - we live in a modern age after all.

Father of the Bride - Assuming your father is still living, there will presumably be a moment when he gets to walk you down the aisle.  Weddings, while spiraling out of control financially, are some of the most fun you can have with your friends and family in the same place.

Sex, lies and Videotape - You'll probably get a few years of enjoying one another.  Then you might decide you need to spice up your sex life.  Whatever you do, DON'T put it on you tube!

Happily N'ever After - While I do believe that it's possible to be happy with one person for the rest of your life, if it doesn't work out, at least you can move forward and attempt to start over.  Thankfully there are LOTS of movies that can help you with that!

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