Reel Life

So, Nick is a guy who, according to the news, decides that “he is going to watch thirty ‘Chick Flicks’ in thirty days to become a better husband.” And, not coincidentally, the thirty day period ran out on Valentine’s Day making it all the sweeter. Except, I don’t get it. This guy is under the impression that by watching these movies he will better understand his wife and improve their relationship. Does he really think that we would divulge all of our mystery and state secrets through Hollywood?  Guys have been braving chick flicks for years and stagger out of the theatre dazed and confused.  As it should be. If we are being truthful, all Nick will learn is that Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts always have the perfect outfit no matter how heart broken they may be. Even when Meg is supposed to look sickly and dejected in “You’ve Got Mail”, she still looks better than I do when I am going out for the evening. I’m thinking that Nick should slowly step away from the DVD player, cancel his NetFlix subscription and actually talk to his wife. Watching a movie to learn how to communicate is like watching NASCAR to learn how to drive. Dangerous. There are curves and forks in the road that are unscripted. I want to tell Nick that his wife does not want him to be Tom Hanks or Matthew McConoughey. Ok, Matthew McConaughey was probably a bad example becase there are a lot of women–me included–that do indeed want our husbands to be Matthew McConaughey.  But, let’s just assume she wants him to be Nick. Maybe she doesn’t want to get him, lose him and get him back. Maybe she doesn’t want to be rescued ala “Pretty Woman.” Maybe she doesn’t want the plot line to be wrapped up in a bow after two hours with no real suspense. Suppose she just wants him to go back to watching the Military Channel and rejoicing every time they show something blowing up. And just because my husband watches the Military Channel every night, he is not ready for war. Or even basic training. It is just entertainment full of snappy one-liners that we would never be able to produce on the spot. Life is purely ad-lib and love even more so. If these chick flicks were  intended to be applicable to our every day life, then we wouldn’t find them remotely entertaining  or informative. So Nick, my friend, you get two thumbs up for creativity but I think your idea has a limited run.

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