Tuesday, November 20, 2007

sweep it under the rug and hope for the best

i saw lake of fire last week at the tower. it's a complicated documentary about abortion. it's visually interesting (or at least unsettling), approaches the issue of abortion from all sorts of perspectives, focuses on the reasons for the politicization of the issue and challenges your position on abortion regardless of what that position is. fight, my roommate, asked if it would be a good first-date movie. we decided it would be as long as he pretended he didn't know the movie was about abortion.

what do any of you think?

imagine you where asked out for a first date and the guy is like, "i heard about this documentary that supposed to be really good. i'm not sure what it's about but my roommate said it's definitely worth seeing." then you go to the movie and it turns out to be about abortion. then after the movie is over, the guy's like, "i was just kidding about not knowing what the movie was about, but i thought it would be a good icebreaker for our conversation after the movie." would you want to go on another date with this guy?

(p.s. the movie shows two abortions but the guy is charming and funny.)

13 comments:

natali said...

depends. would he try to cuddle with me during the movie? in which case would i jump and say i am sorry but i am not to have a baby? and then would he say ok maybe i will just go get popcorn. and then i say ok and a diet coke.

ck said...

yes. charming and funny AND likes documentaries and suprises? sign me up.

only, is he wierd funny or dad-humor funny? that might make a difference. also, does he offer me his coat when i'm cold during the movie? i always get cold during movies

natali said...

tell fight i think he should ask someone out and take them and get back to us.

chloe elizabeth said...

i think he should have just been honest in the first place. But I agree with ck...if he's the good kind of funny.

becky said...

i think you should ALWAYS try to pull some trick on the first date

brian said...

is weird funny the good kind of funny? or is it dad-humor funny?

i always thought my dad was funny because his jokes were so weird. one time i was at his office and he was telling the story of how my mom and him got engaged to one of his co-workers. he asked her while she was brushing her teeth. his co-worker thought that was so unromantic and i realized that that's why the story is funny. not only that, my dad enjoys telling the story because he thinks it's funny. the joke is actually on the people who think it's not romantic.

but i'm biased towards weird humor.

ck said...

dad-humor funny is the way to go - dry and random. and you don't get the jokes until days later then all of a sudden, "ah! that's why he thought that was so funny."

even days later, i never quite get the wierd humor jokes.

becky said...

i've been thinking about this for several days. it keeps getting funnier. saying you "heard it was a good date movie". haha. perfect.

SummerChild said...

Yes. second date for sure. Who knows what he would have up his sleeve for a second date? Even if he is weird, it makes for a great date story, and heaven knows, isn't that really why we go on dates anyway?

natali said...

another great first date movie is no country for old men. seriously becky i have never felt that close. to your shoulder.

brian said...

summerchild, i think you're exactly right. we go on dates to tell stories about our dates later. i mean, that's what this whole blog is about. so the best dates are the most memorable dates. i figure, if you're going to ask someone out, you better make it interesting.

brian said...

and i wanted to mention that the two abortions they show in the movie are pretty gruesome. but i think this works well within the context of the date. i remember reading this book on photography by susan sontag called on photography. i think in part of it she talks about shocking and gruesome photographs and how viewing these photos is a kind of machismo test, like i'm cooler if can view disturbing images without being too disturbed. so if dating is all about finding potential mates (which i don't think it is), then showcasing your visual machismo is a way to elevate your status making yourself more attractive and increasing your chances of sex.

whitney said...

That's the funniest comment anyone has ever left in the history of comments. Maybe that's an exaggeration...it was funny. good job.