Monday, September 04, 2006

Crying in my Cheesecake

On Saturday, I went to see Little Miss Sunshine with eSuitor and his mom, who was in town for the weekend. SUCH a great movie! I haven't seen a movie that was so touching in quite a long time. We had just had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and needed to sit somewhere for a couple hours to let our food digest. So we ordered a piece of banana cream cheesecake to go and split it between the three of us in the theater.

The movie (don't worry...I won't give anything away) is the story of a dysfunctional family's journey together in a VW Bus to take the youngest family member to California to compete in a children's beauty pageant. Along their journey, prepare yourself to become endeared to them and to laugh and cry...a lot.

I tend to be a very "involved" movie watcher. I'm a pretty empathetic person by nature, so I really feel for characters in movies. And it is not hard at all to feel for the characters in this particular movie because there is at least one person in the crazy cast of characters that you can relate to. They are all vulnerable in their own way, which makes them all the more endearing.

I'm thankful that the audience I was watching with on Saturday was a vocal one, so they could drown me out--I was pretty much a basket case. The movie would layer comic moments on top of heart-wrenching ones, so that I was blubbering like a baby and howling with laughter all at once. I did the "ugly cry" where tears were streaming down my face as I made indeciferable sounds. Is she laughing? Is she crying? Is she communicating with jungle creatures? Very hard to tell.

All three of us enjoyed the film. It is a wonderfully redemptive story of an imperfect yet lovable family. And who of us can't relate to that?


Cherry said...

We had every intention to get to see this movie this weekend, but here it is, 10pm, and we didn't make it again.

Thank you for the heads up though. I am also a big time movie crier, so I'll make sure to stuff my purse with kleenex. We'll sadly miss out on enjoying it with cheesecake though.. MMmmm

J said...

Oh, the ugly cry. Too funny. Was there mascara running down your face as well? That only intensifies the effect. ;)

Buttercup said...

I loved it to!

Autumn's Mom said...

I really want to see this, but I may have to wait for netflix. Speaking of crying at a movie, I remember when I went to see Steal Magnolias at the theatre. For whatever reason, I let my friend do my make up before hand. She put so much masacara on me that my tears would collect on my goopy lashes and I was able to dab them. I didn't get raccoon face :D

Ally Bean said...

I'm glad that you saw it. I thought it was so charming and funny-- and oddly inspirational.

wordnerd said...

the Ugly cry..:*) hahah, that made me laugh out loud...I first saw it on the plane....I almost shot Pepsi through my nose because I was laughing so hard.....I probably ugly cried too!