Lessons taught by old movies

This weekend was a lot calmer than my previous weekend; I didn’t need to call for a tow truck. So I had time to watch some of my favorite old movies.

I started Saturday morning with French Kiss, starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. Great movie! I love the metamorphosis of the main character. She’s so delicious. “I hate Paris in the springtime. I hate Paris in the fall…”

I spent Sunday morning watching Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. It’s curious to me that I’ve seen it so many times, but I still catch lines I didn’t hear before. My favorite: “I don’t believe in hell. I believe in unemployment.”

Later that day, I watched While You Were Sleeping, starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. I love that movie because it’s so light. I mean, really, not a whole lot happens in this movie. No car crashes. Nobody dies. No huge moral dilemma. But it’s the characters I love, especially Jack’s family. It’s the grandma with her heart condition who takes photos during the disastrous wedding. It’s Joe Junior, the neighbor from Hell. He’s a hoot! This is a croissant of a movie – light and airy.

And this is what I hope my next book will be: light, funny, silly. A lofty goal indeed.

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