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In the scene where Julie meets Alan in the restaurant, when she sits down, she immediately uses a napkin to dispose of her gum. A few moments later, we see her getting rid of her gum a second time. See more »
But wouldn't you say that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds?
Well, actually, its "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." That's Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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I love this movie's realism, juxtaposed with a certain magic, i.e., fate, karma, destiny - and the question of whether these elements exist in real life. Here, the possibilities unfold and are played out as quietly, subtly and unexpectedly as they can and often do in real life.
What surprised me most is that when I was doubting whether our heroes (Alan and Erin) would get together at all, I realized that it was okay - disappointing, but okay - if they didn't; as long as they found happiness, that would be fate calling the shots. The movie as a whole puts a positive spin on being alone with yourself, on the importance of taking the time to find what you really want and need. Which is something we all need in life, but how often does Hollywood promote that philosophy?
All the actors were terrific, especially the two leads, Alan Gelfant and Hope Davis; they were people you might really know - quietly passionate in their pursuits, sometimes just struggling to get through the day. There's a lot of humor too: in the prickling, loving tension between Erin and her mom; in the bar-table philosophies spouted by various characters; and particularly the in blind-dating montage - I will attest to how true to life this is!
See this movie - heck, buy it. The more you watch it, the more you get out of it.
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