Somehow I didn’t see this movie when it was first in theaters. I have no idea why not, since I was a senior in high school when it came out and went to the movie theater in my hometown practically every weekend. I do, however, remember when I first saw it. It was about a year after it originally came out, when I came home to visit during winter break after my first semester at UC Berkeley. It was exactly the kind of escapist rom-com that I loved when I was a kid and it was exactly what I needed after a tough first semester. NB: writer-director-producer Audrey Wells is also a Cal alum. Go Bears! I subsequently bought the DVD about a year later from the Walgreens on Shattuck on a rainy day and proceeded to watch it once every few weeks for the rest of college and then some. I’m really not sure how many times I’ve seen it (including the few times I watched it on TV!) I love it so much. This is a Best Friend kind of movie. Comforting and warm and dependable, but every time I watch it I notice something new to love.
Hollis: I teach economics at Harvard, and I don’t know a way to conjure up six million dollars before you race him again. What makes you think you can?
Penny: I’ll find a way. And if I can’t, I’ll live with it.
Hollis: Why? Why do you need to live with it? Make me, the whole family, live with it for a past that is gone! Our father was a great man, but we can’t bring him back.
Penny: This isn’t about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it. Because you never know how far you can go unless you run.
Hollis: That’s great. But if you stumble and fall, you don’t just make us fools, you make us beggars. [leaves]
Jack: When your horse people call the house, they don’t ask for Mrs. Tweedy, they ask for Miss Chenery. Is that who you’ve become?
Penny: Jack. . . Miss Chenery and Mrs. Tweedy have always been the same person. I’m wondering how it is that Mr. Tweedy could take sides against me.
Paul: Your eyes are amazing. You should never shut them, not even at night. You should learn to sleep with your eyes open.
Connie Sumner: I’ll work on that.
Paul: Will you?
Connie Sumner: I think this is a mistake.
Paul: There are no mistakes. There’s what you do, and what you don’t do.
Connie Sumner: I can’t do this.
I wasn’t too excited for this film until I saw the trailer this weekend when I saw Toy Story 3 (my thoughts on that film will come soon, I swear). After seeing the trailer, though, October 8th cannot come soon enough.
Trailer and info after the cut.