I spent most of the day at the dollar theaters yesterday. We needed to get out of the house for awhile, so I had the unique opportunity to view The Blind Side and Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakuel… all in the same day. I know, right? How can one person get so lucky?
I found that the movies had much in common with each other. For one thing, both had high school football, and I do love a sports movie. Each storyline featured a homeless man. During one of the movies, Skippy told me he was bored. During the other, I told him I was bored. You have to admit there is a certain symmetry to that. I cried quite a bit during both movies, and there were parts in both movies where I had to cover my eyes. During each movie, Skippy repeated aloud an inappropriate word from the movie, and then giggled. Each time, I said, “Hey buddy, we don’t say that word.” To which, both times, he immediately replied: “Yeah, I know.” Seriously, someone should have brought him up better.
Both movies featured adopted family members, although I think Sandra Bullock hit the jackpot with Big Mike… as opposed to that poor guy that ended up with a bunch of rodents living in his house who caused multiple accidents requiring him to be hospitalized. But basically the plotlines were the same: Guy (or girl) with heart of gold takes in less fortunate person (or rodents) who then go on to fame and fortune. The end. I thought both movies were really good at building suspense. But then I realized that that feeling of suspense was caused by the $1 hot dog I ate before the first movie. It has been 24 hours now, and I still taste rancid hot dog every time I burp. So probably neither movie had much suspense. One movie flew by so quickly I didn’t want it to end. The other movie was mercifully short. And finally, I liked each movie exactly as much as I expected to.
Taking two kids to two “dollar movies” (which tickets actually cost $2.00): $12.00
Rancid hot dogs: $3.00
Sandra Bullock head-to-head with the chipmunks: Priceless.