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Justin Matisse (Character)
from Hope Floats (1998)

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Hope Floats (1998)
Justin Matisse: Dancing's just a conversation between two people. Talk to me.

Bernice Pruitt: At home we had a pet skunk. Mama used to call it Justin Matisse. Do you think that's just a coincidence? All day long she would to scream, "You stink Justin Matisse!" Then one day she just picked up a club and killed it.
Justin Matisse: Now that's a sad story.
Bernice Pruitt: If you liked the skunk, which we didn't.

Ramona Calvert: You smell just delicious, Justin, you wearin' cologne?
Justin Matisse: Naw, just sweat with a little paint thinner mixed in.

Justin Matisse: Why don't you go down and get dressed? You gotta feel depressed looking like that.

Justin Matisse: You look terrible! You been drinking?
Birdee Pruitt: Why does everybody keep asking me if I've been drinking? What? Is there like a coaster stuck to my... butt or something?

Birdee Pruitt: Who's the architect?
Justin Matisse: You're kiddin', huh?... That's half the fun.
Birdee Pruitt: You go around Smithville paintin' houses, and you can do this?
Justin Matisse: Yeah.
Birdee Pruitt: You could... you could do so much more.
Justin Matisse: I guess so, huh?
Birdee Pruitt: You know what I meant.
Justin Matisse: I know exactly what you meant. You're talkin' 'bout the American Dream. You find something that you love, and then you twist it, and you torture it, try and find a way to make money at it. You spend a lifetime doing that. At the end, you can't find a trace of what you started out lovin'. What did you start out lovin'?
Birdee Pruitt: [very softly] I don't remember.
Justin Matisse: For me it was doin' things right, that's all. That's why I came back here; so I could live the way I wanted. I don't know, I figured out of everybody, you'd understand that.
Birdee Pruitt: I do. I envy you. Everything you love is right here.
Justin Matisse: Not everything, Birdee.