I added a movie to my list of favorites last night: HappyThankYouMorePlease. Awesome cast and a great story, but I swear it was this one scene in particular just caught me. Out of context (and without the action and expressions of the actors) some of the impact is missing, but maybe after watching the movie (it’s on Netflix, fyi) some of you will see why I think this is arguably the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen:
Sam#2: What are we feeling? Red or white?
Annie: Sam, we need to talk.
Sam#2: (laughs) You mean the talk where you tell me how great I am but you can’t get involved and it’s not me it’s you and you’re damaged and you wish you could (fake hacking cough). I refuse to have that talk. Now would you like red or would you like white?
Annie: Sam…. Look, I’m not good for you… What?
Sam#2: Are you happy?
Annie: No, I’m not happy!
Sam#2: I can make you happy. Seriously, let me love you. I am totally up to the task. Actually, I’ve already started.
Annie: I can’t. I can’t do this.
Sam#2: No, no, no, don’t. Come on. Don’t walk out on this before it even started, please. Look at me. I get it. Okay? I get it. I’m not the guy you had in mind. But what if you don’t know what’s best for you?
Annie: And you do? (sigh) Where did you come from Sam number two?
Sam#2: (shrugs) Westchester.
Sam#2: Do you want to know why I hang out on the fifth floor? The first time I saw you? God. I thought, Wow. Her. The girl with the funny head wrap. I want to be near that girl. Trust me. I don’t normally talk this way, but I am gone over you.
Annie: (whispering) Stop! Okay? Just shut the fuck up.
Annie: Just stop, please. Don’t say that!
Sam#2: You can hear this. Close your eyes.
Sam#2: I just want you to listen to me. Humor me, please?
Annie: (sighs and closes her eyes)
Sam#2: It’s not easy to be adored. You in particular, you have a tougher time with it than most. I get that. But I want you to give it a try. Think of it as an experiment. I promise I will be very wonderful at adoring you, Annie. It’s an area where I think I got a great deal of talent. You’re worth the adoration, Annie. You’re worth it. And the fact that you don’t believe it? That has nothing to do with whether it’s true or not. It is true for me. And that is all that matters.
To those of you with a Valentine this year, go adore them. It should be what you’re best at.And if you don’t have plans with your special someone, snuggle on the couch and watch this movie. It’s worth it.
Oh, and, by the way: