Monday, June 20, 2011

Beginners


Naked Bike Ride....Hart did you inspire this?
 This weekend I had a girl's night out with some of the Sista Wives.  Instead of throwing back a few margaritas and joining in the naked bike ride that was the talk of the town we went to see Beginners.  It's about a man whose father announces he's gay at the age of seventy-five and shortly thereafter develops terminal cancer.

Which is a great premise for a movie, except for two things.  One, I had no idea what it was about and two, I'm a cryer.  And when I say cryer I'm not talking about a few dainty sniffles.  Nope, I'm talking about the kind of person who watches Steel Magnolias and sobs until her face gets puffy, has to leave the room, cries for ten minutes in the bathroom and then returns to sob some more.  I'm talking about the kind of crying that has, more than once, prompted people to ask me if I'm going to be alright in the same way someone might suggest you seek mental counseling.  I cry at happy movies, sad movies, touching movies and, well, not horror movies but they may be the one exception to my sniffles.

What can I say?  I deeply, deeply empathize with everyone, all the time!

Alright, so back to Beginners.  I went in cold, no idea what it was about.  It's safe to say I cried from beginning to end, prompting Sista Wife Georgie to ask me if I was having an allergy attack.  Nope, not allergies, just an amazing movie about passion, fear, lonliness and love.  I'd like to say more but unfortunately I can't.  Anything else and I might start crying again and I'm really trying to keep my keyboard dry.  If you haven't seen this movie yet, make it a priority.  And once you do stop by and tell me whether you were moved to cry bucketloads of tears too. 

7 comments:

Christine Murray said...

'I'm talking about the kind of crying that has, more than once, prompted people to ask me if I'm going to be alright in the same way someone might suggest you seek mental counseling.'

Lol, I love this line! Glad you enjoyed the film.

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks Christine!

Jennifer A said...

I thought I saw a naked butt when i looked over my blog roll on my sidebar! LOL

I've never heard of Beginners! (I'm often out of the loop when it doesn't come to books.)

It sounds great!

naida said...

omg about the naked bike ride! lol! thats gross.

I too, cry like a baby during Steel Magnolias. That cemetary scene gets me every time! It's all Sally Fields fault! lol

Beginners sounds good.

Johanna Garth said...

Jennifer-it's a movie LOL still good though :)

Naida-that's Portland! They were everywhere Saturday night. You're right, I just need to blame it on Sally Fields.

rachel.shields said...

a few take aways: 1) you are a beautiful cryer - no "ugly cry" look for you! 2) I picked the movie :-). It wasn't as good as "Teeth", I'm sure. :-)

Johanna Garth said...

aww Rach! You just reminded me I need to post about Teeth....